Not only is this an inconvenience, but even if it’s not your fault, you can’t get your data back. All of this is there to stop cheaters, but as I mentioned before, it won’t stop gamers from traveling back in time. It hurts people a lot more than it can stop some scammers.
The best Animal Crossing games, ranked from best to worst
Animal Crossing games have always had a devoted fan base. The series’ popularity only exploded after Animal Crossing: New Horizons was released on Nintendo Switch. This adorable life sim series appeals to a more laid-back crowd, somewhere between a game like The Sims and a game like Harvest Moon. While each game mixes different things, adding new mechanics and ways to express yourself and discover yourself, the main premise has always been to take your time, make friends, and live a peaceful life in these bright and colorful worlds. Oh, and of course paying off the enormous debt that always seems to be being thrown on you by Tom Nook.
Animal Crossing started on the N64 in Japan, but the first time we got to experience this adorable series on the GameCube back in 2001. Including the debut entry, only eight titles in this series were created on different systems. While this is a small number compared to some of the other Nintendo series like Zelda and Mario, each game can be played almost endlessly. The number of things to do, do, decorate and much more make it hard not to get addicted to these games. Whether you’re a seasoned villager or looking for a new game to relax in, we’ve taken all of the Animal Crossing games and ranked them from best to worst.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Now that the honeymoon is over and we can look back at the entire series with the most objective eye as possible, we still need to take first place in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Considering the sales figures, that’s probably not a very controversial opinion, but that doesn’t mean it was by far the best. What pushes Animal Crossing: New Horizons to the top of the series is a handful of quality-of-life upgrades, new mechanics, and new ways to customize your village (or in this case, the island), all while keeping that series’ magical appeal so gripping. While not everything was running so smoothly, and was even included when the game came out, playing it now almost feels like adding an entire second game.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons shakes things up by making you the owner of your own island. There is a huge cast of new residents to join you, spinning worms and fish to collect, new items to craft, fruit to collect and much more. The game is professionally designed to always give you something to strive for as well as smaller tasks to keep you coming back every day. Visiting new islands in search of stuff you can’t find on your own island, or taking a trip to your friends’ island to see how they decorated their world are fantastic ways to make this game look like the most social version of the series yet. If you like to customize every aspect of your world, Animal Crossing: New Horizons will keep you committed for months.
New to Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Come learn about the topography and find out what to expect as you set out to create your very own island paradise. If you are already a veteran of island life, we hope you will share this video with newcomers and welcome them with open arms!
Featured Animal Crossing games
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