This marks the first time in I dont know how long that Im actually writing a gaming blog. Its definitely long overdue :P Since Im playing 2 Animal Crossing games at once (City Folk and the original GC one), I noticed quite a few differences, though theyve had plenty of time to refine the formula. However, some things from the first game either had more charm, or were more fun, and the same goes for the Wii version. (Yeah, Ive played the DS version, it was good, I just prefer the major console titles)
In the GC version, that train ride feels welcoming, and Rover the cat is there to say hi as well. You get to town and Nooks there to greet you and quickly put you to work :P In the Wii version, you catch the bus to town with the Captn and get dropped off. Then from town hall, youre directed to Nook (I believe).
You always start with a little shack, then upgrade with more money. A few notable differences occur between the two games though. GC lets you turn lights on and off without a lamp, and you can choose what expansion you want first. You can either get a bigger main room, or a basement, but the basement walls/floor cant be changed. Then it finishes with an upstairs room, and your home is officially complete. Theres also a robot gyroid thing outside that takes messages and saves your progress. Wii houses need some light source for it to be bright, and the renovations happen automatically (no choice). You receive a big main room, a basement that can be completely customized, and an upstairs room. Theres no outdoor robot, but you can save anywhere and anytime (quite convenient).
GC has animals displaying very few emotions (comparatively) and laughing involves the word Ha flashing around their heads quickly. Wii has a huge variety of displayable emotions (laughing shows character laughing and lines around self), and you can learn up to 4 to use at any time (always wanted to appear like Im scheming something :P )
GC text and text sound effects look simple and sound a little more humorous. Wii text looks a lot cleaner and sounds a bit better too. Talking with animals in the GC version allowed for 3 options: asking for work, chatting, or leaving. I spent quite a bit of time doing errands for animals to get money and furniture I could sell when I was a kid. Having the money-making (non-cheating) daily routine I have now, I realize how pointless that is :P Wii immediately lets you chat with an animal neighbor, and nothing more, except when prompted in a few cases. Sometimes even contests can be triggered from enough talking.
GC had a grid of squares that you could explore, and when reaching the edge of one, a loading time of about a half-second got you into the next square. It kept things orderly, but also felt a tiny bit odd. Wii melds the whole game world into one complete free-roaming experience that moves smoothly wherever you go. The angle is also changed, making the previously top-down view more even with your character.
GC had tons of these, such as the Post Office, Nooks store, and other such places. It also included exclusives, such as the Dump (anything in there gets quickly picked up and re-sold at Nooks :lol: ), the Lighthouse, the Lost and Found (somewhat pointless but humorous), and the Wishing Well. Wii took most of these away or combined them. Youve got Nooks shop, the Town Hall, the Museum, and the Tailor shop. However, therere also various shops to explore in the city, and this actually feels more organized than all the stuff that was crammed into the GC version. Still, I cant really complain either way.
GC allowed you to pay for your mortgage by gathering Bells in your wallet, then depositing them into the Post Office. Any extra Bells you had to keep on hand, and you couldn't have a savings account until after you paid off your mortgage in full. Wii had a kiosk in the Town Hall that allowed you to pay mortgage, as well as deposit money into a savings account that could be withdrawn from. I found this extremely helpful towards paying off my house.
This is one of the bigger changes to the series. GC has you bring a fossil to Blathers in the museum, who promptly tells you he couldve told you what it is, but his professional certificate hasnt been received. To fix this problem, he gives you the address of an out-of-town museum that can identify these fossils for you. The catch is that you have to mail them, one page per fossil. While stationary is cheap, its a bit of a pain to do this, and it takes a full day to get your stuff back. However, the effort is rewarded more, since there are up to 5 fossils you can find, and each can be worth thousands of Bells. Wii seems to be kinder towards impatient folks, as Blathers can identify fossils in a matter of seconds. This is extremely nice, though each day you can only find up to 3 fossils.
GC has probably 10 12 rocks in the whole town, while Wii has maybe 5. For those who dont know, theres a magic money rock that can be taken advantage of once a day. Using a shovel preferably, just keep hitting the rock over and over while money gets spit out. You only have a few seconds though, so you have to act fast. The max totals differ between games: GC allows you to get up to 13,300 Bells, while Wii lets you get up to 8,500 Bells. The special rock also turns red in the GC version, but it stays the same color in the Wii version.
Crazy Redd is the only guy who has these in either version. However, Nook has common ones in the GC version, but you have to get the rare ones from Redd when he comes to town. Wii has Redd openly available after some work, and he has all the paintings (eventually), but they have the chance of being counterfeit, so to complete your museum collection, you have to take some monetary risks.
Golden glowing spot in the ground
GC exclusive, this spot can contain either 1k or 10k Bells, and is how you receive the Golden Shovel.
GC exclusive, connecting with the GBA will bring Captn in his boat to take you to your own private island, loaded with coconuts. It also has an island home, a single neighbor, and NES game/money-making opportunities.
Wii has more of them, and info snippets are given about each kind.
Wii has more of em.
Wii exclusive (and DS), tons of hair styles are available for your character, which is pretty awesome. (There's also Mii makeovers, but personally I much prefer the cartoon-ish look of the original characters)
Overall, both games have their own charm and are fun to play. Id have to go with City Folk (Wii) as my favorite though, seeing as how the design, gameplay, and a few other things feel better to me. Of course its a matter of preference, and you really cant go wrong with any of them. Thanks for reading ^^