I’m going to make these posts a bimonthly feature. They’ll go up every other Sunday, to fit with CIB Sunday on Twitter. CIB stands for complete-in-box, and it’s commonly used to describe video games. If a game includes the cartridge, case, instruction booklet, and everything else it originally came with, it is considered to be CIB.
At this point, I think most people have at least heard of the Animal Crossing video game series. And a new title released just this month, Animal Crossing: New Horizons. So, I thought it would be the perfect time to show my most recent game from the series. It’s Animal Crossing: New Leaf, for the Nintendo 3DS system.
Animal Crossing on the Nintendo GameCube was one of the first video games I ever played, and over the years, I put countless hours into it. I spent days and days befriending the animals of my village, collecting furniture, fishing, and paying off my debt to the infamous Tom Nook. That game truly made me fall in love with the series. To this day, I still adore the series and all the pure, wholesome fun it offers.
I believe the GameCube version of Animal Crossing is, and always will be, my favorite. It has a special place in my heart since it was my first experience with the series. That, and despite not being as advanced as the newer games, the GameCube edition is super fun and engrossing. However, New Leaf is also a great iteration, featuring several new mechanics and many new items to collect.
The gameplay is fairly simple, but that’s part of the great appeal of Animal Crossing. It keeps things fun, simple, and chill. In turn, these aspects make the games incredibly relaxing and entertaining. They’re easy to pick up and play whenever.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a unique addition for a few key reasons. It introduces a slew of new main characters, including fan-favorite Isabelle. Plus, it tasks you with becoming the mayor of a small village. This creates gameplay features and mechanics that are exclusive to New Leaf. The game allows you to do things like create public works projects and visit a remote island.
Overall, this is a great, innovative entry in the series. Like the series’ other titles, it offers fun, wholesome entertainment for all ages, while introducing new interesting aspects. Many video games are near and dear to my heart, but Animal Crossing: New Leaf will always be one of the closest. It’s more than worth playing, and I’d highly recommend it.
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