Animal Crossing: Wild World
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Animal Crossing: Wild World (Japanese: おいでよ どうぶつの森 Oideyo Dōbutsu no Mori) is a life simulation game for the Nintendo DS and Wii U Virtual Console, set in a town where the player is a person who lives among animals. It is a follow-up to the 2002 hit Animal Crossing for the Nintendo GameCube and the Japan-only Doubutsu no Mori, Doubutsu no Mori+, and Doubutsu no Mori e+. During development, the working title was Animal Crossing DS.
The important features of the first Animal Crossing game return in this one, but with improvements and many changes. Activities in town include buying and selling items, fishing, and several others, especially becoming friends with the villagers. The game occurs in real time, with the real calendar, and time progresses even when the game is turned off.
Wild World has been a favorite among many video game critics. IGN gave the game a "great" 8.8/10 rating, and ranked it 12 in the top 25 Nintendo DS games. However, some critics thought that Wild World would have been better if some events and features from the GameCube were kept and put into the new installment, like Toy Day and Halloween.
Wild World is the second Nintendo title that uses the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, the first being Mario Kart DS. This lets players use wireless access points to connect to the internet and visit other players' towns.
Wild World was released in Japan on November 23, 2005. It was released in North America on December 5, 2005, in time for Christmas. Players in Europe had to wait until March 31, 2006 for the European release.
In Europe, the game was made available on the Wii U's Virtual Console service on November 20, 2015. It was released on the Wii U Virtual Console in North America on October 13, 2016. Online and multiplayer features are not present, however.
Following the release of the popular GameCube original, the player starts out as a human in a town with no money, but might be able to gain some by shaking trees or selling clothes and accessories to the Able Sisters. The player mortgages a small house from the local shopkeeper, the Tanuki (or raccoon in the English version) Tom Nook. Paying off a loan results in a larger house, which, when all mortgages have been paid off, becomes a mansion. All players live together in one house.
Most players will want a bigger house, because decorating their house in their way, with furniture and other items, is one of the main features of the game. The player can collect fruit, fish, insects, paintings, fossils, furniture, and other items. There are over 550 different pieces of furniture. Once the player has some furniture, taking it to their house is easy; the furniture becomes a leaf that fits in their pocket. They can also customize themselves by buying clothes, accessories, hats, or drawing patterns.
Outside the house, the player can befriend the animal neighbors. The animals are much more interactive in this game than they were in the original. The animals can still ask the player to do errands for them, but there is no longer an explicit menu item to request, and they no longer require finding a missing item through a long chain of animals. Animals can also give the player a picture of themselves, with a unique quote on the back that is for the player to keep, even after they move away.
The player can also customize their town by planting trees and growing flowers. At the museum, the player can donate certain items to the collections. At the tailor's, the player can buy clothes or draw their own patterns. This way, the player can customize their town.
And if animals are not enough, the player can invite up to three human friends to their town using the Nintendo Wi-Fi connection or DS to DS.
On January 26, 2006, an accident occurred relating to the Wi-Fi features. A few weeks prior, Nintendo sent out a free Mario Coin item from Satoru Iwata to all who connected to Wi-Fi while it was available. On the same day, a failed attempt to send a second exclusive item sent a blank letter to all who connected to Nintendo Wi-Fi before 5:00 P.M. This letter contained the "glitched red tulip" item. This item could be planted in cement as a tree or, if put into the player's house, would create an invisible, irremovable wall. The item could be disposed of by planting it in the ground or selling it. On February 13, 2006, Nintendo sent out a letter containing 1000 Bells and an amusing town bulletin board notice to apologize for the mistake.