I recently walked into Gamestop due to a recent sale on used games, It was buy 2 get 1 free and I knew that I had 2 pre owned games I had been waiting to purchase. I picked up my copies of Kingdoms of Amalur and Metal Gear Rising but what should I get for my free game, I looked around the store and decided to browse the 3ds games since I didn’t have a lot of 3DS games and had been kinda neglecting the system as of late. Then I saw a used copy of Animal Crossing: New Leaf sitting there and I had rem embed how @nerdist Chris Hardwick was talking about how he enjoyed the game and it was addictive, so I decided to try the game for myself.
I got home and a little later that night I turned on my 3ds to begin my adventure in my own town. I discovered that since it was a used game there was someone else’s save on the game so I would have to destroy their town and start anew. I felt really bad destroying the town, and the secretary of the current mayor. a dog, begged me not to destroy the town but I had to, I wasn’t going to let someone be the mayor in the town I would want to create for myself. So it happened, I destroyed the town.
I started my new town by getting to it on a train, a gabby cat barged down beside me and started to talk about the town, he asked my name, asked if I was a boy or girl, and then asked me what the name of the town was, I chose Tardis. The train then stopped at the station and I got out to a crowd of animals who appointed me the mayor of their town, there must have been a mistake because I then read a letter from the real mayor saying that there was a mistake but I could keep the mayorship, it was our little secret… politics in action!
I then started toward city hall to get acquainted with the new town, the towns secretary, the same dog that begged me not to destroy the other mayors town, told me that I needed to own a house in order to change anything in the town and that my approval rating needed to be 100%…100%! That’s not going to happen, then I realized that it’s not real life politics and it’s a town full of imaginary animals. I then left and went to the re-tail shop, which is basically pawn stars for residence of Animal Crossing. I had been picking flowers and shaking trees to acquire apples and shoved them in my pockets earlier. The nice alpapca family that runs the re-tail shop asked me if I would like to sell or purchase anything, I decided to look around to see if anything was worth purchasing even though I didn’t have any bells, (animal crossing currency) I didn’t find anything but decided to sell some of the wares in my pockets. I didn’t know how things worked so I decided to just sell one item. that item was an apple. I was shocked when the alpaca told me she would give me $100 (bells) per apple. Was this real life? 100 of anything for apples was a great deal. So it began, I started to gather apples and sold them for profit, it felt dirty but it felt great. It was addicting and fun at the same time. I was living in a tent until I could gather 10,000 bells for a down payment on my house. I raised bells with my apple dealing but decided to buy a net to catch bugs and a shovel to dig fossils, The bugs weren’t as fruitful as the blackmarket apple deals so I decided to donate the bugs to the museum, as well as the fossils. I then headed to the beach and found a few sea shells and coral, decided to head to my fence the alpaca and she gave me 50 bells per sand dollar, and a few bells for regular shells… then she said it, She could give me 450 bells for a giant clam shell and around 250 bells for a coral piece… I then proceeded to focus on giant shells corals and apples and the deed was done, I had enough to pay the 10,000 bells to the contractor to move out of my tent and move up in the political world of Animal Crossing.
i haven’t had too much more time to explore but a new neighbor just moved in right next door to me, she’s a penguin named Flo… I like to give the animals a back story, I think it adds to the game. It was Flo’s birthday so I decided to get her a present with my apple money so I showed up to her party and presented her with an umbrella. She was greatful for the present. I’m still trying to get 100% approval rating from the town but my mayoral duties of catching bugs, pulling weeds, and talking to people, you know…what a normal mayor does. So far my experience with Animal Crossing has been fun, and I can’t wait to see what is around the next few days of exploring my mayoral duties.