Animal Crossing: New Leaf is releasing soon and thusly I wanted to take a look at the series in a few different ways. One of these ways happens to be a top ten list (perhaps a series of them). When one thinks about Animal Crossing as a series, you instantly think about the various characters that populate the town. Every town has them and really, without them, it would be nothing but a boring patchwork of acres.
Each town holds a maximum amount of guests who live in their own respective homes and borrow tons of things from each other. These characters are always different for each town and they change often. However, there are a select amount of creatures who are in every town. From mail-birds, to turtle mayors, to shoe-designing skunks, each and every town has a multitude of mammals and other animals to be at your every need. I want to highlight the top ten of these creatures today as we'll surely be seeing many of them back soon. Your opinions may vary, but I am basing this list off of a variety of attributes and I hope that even if you disagree, you still can pleasantly remember the good times you've had with them all.
Yes, he did make the list. Most gamers wouldn't think that this grumpy little dude would be on a Top 10 list unless it was for the worst characters. For those who don't know, Mr. Resetti has been around since the dawn of Animal Crossing. If a gamer reset their game without saving first, he would make a special visit to explain to you just how bad doing so really is. He would drone on and on and on... being incredibly long winded. If you reset again after his first visit, don't think you're safe either. He comes back, for more.... and for longer. It was a pretty interesting idea and honestly made a lot of sense. The whole premise of the game is shaken and dismantled if the player can just rewrite their character's life willy nilly. Though for many, he was just a nuisance when your sibling a intentionally or unintentionally tapped that reset button.
There was always a rumor that you could go visit Mr. Resetti's home in the original Animal Crossing, which didn't actually come true until AC: City Folk where you could sneak in through the city. You might even on occasion see his thinner and much more subdued brother, Don.
Many of the animals in Animal Crossing are pretty traditional, especially when it comes to your villagers. However, if you were lucky, you'd run into a rather hungry walrus who was eager to make a trade. Give him something to eat and he'd give you some rare wallpaper. It was the only way to receive many cool pieces and for that he was an exciting treat to have in town. If my memory serves me, the wallpaper you got was at least partially dependent on what you gave him to eat, whether that be a fruit or a fish and what kind. A fat ol' Walrus was a pretty cool sight to see even if he was always complaining. He was a bit of a glutton but in the end it benefited the gamer.
In later games his role changed a bit and for the worse, handing out patterns instead of wallpapers. I hope that in New Leaf he returns to his old self but something tells me he won't. The wallpaper role is probably permanently Saharah's. It's still pretty cool to get new patterns since his were a bit unique, but taking away the wallpapers did nerf his duties a little bit.
Creature Type:Boar In-Game Role:Stock and Trade
If you had asked me to make this list before Wild World released, I would have never considered Joan. She's a boar, which is cool I guess... but her throwing-star pupils make her look like she's the walking dead. She's also obsessed with turnips. I haven't cared about those since Super Mario Bros. 2. However, once a gamer learns how to successfully play The Stalk Market... one begins to really appreciate her. Instead Joan is a sweet old lady who will help you get rich quick. I made millions with her help (and on occasion a friend's Nookington's over wi-fi). I remember using whatever tricks I could to keep my turnips fresh, including storing on tables in a spare room of my home.
It's been quite a while since I've played The Stalk Market and I urge everyone who buys New Leaf to give it a try. It can really be beneficial, especially if you have friends who also can check their prices and help you do trades. Take the risk.
Creature Type:Owl In-Game Role:Museum Curator
Blathers is a bit unique. He's really true to his nature, always being asleep during the day. The term 'Night Owl' has never been more acceptable. Blathers would help players check in their fossils, expand their museum's collections, and provide useful insight on those items submitted. He became more useful after the first game in the series because while originally he would have to send off fossils to be analyzed, now he just does it himself. He's also adept at spotting fake paintings and getting excited over the unique fish facts he had to share. If Blathers has two faults though... one could the fact that he does tend to blather on a bit. The other is his complete ickiness regarding bugs. His entomophobia (or fear of insects) is so severe that one truly wonders why he bothers to keep them in his museum at all. Still, you have to give it to the proper owl for sucking it up in the name of collecting.
There is no doubt that he will make an appearance again in New Leaf and I'm sure he'll be the same owl we know and love, down to that green bowtie. I have no idea if there is more than the four standard things to place in the museum but even still, the facts this bird knows about biology and archeology is definitely worth the price of admission... which is.. free.
Creature Type:Seagull In-Game Role:Adventurer
Personally, I can't stand most seagulls. Their caw is high-pitched shrieking and the nickname 'Rats of the Air' is pretty spot on. However, one seagull has always stolen my heart. That gull would be Gulliver, the ultimate traveller and adventurer. He's named after the famed fictional explorer of the same name. Gulliver has travelled the world collecting rare artifacts. These were some of the rarest items in the original Animal Crossing game, second of course to the elusive NES titles. Gulliver would be found shipwrecked and washed ashore needing a little mouth to mouth. In exchange for true love's kiss... or something... he would offer up one of his artifacts which you would then let collect dust in your tiny two bedroom on the hill.
In the later games he became an Astronaut who would work pretty much the same way but with a new theme. That's why I called him an Adventurer. I am not sure what he will be in New Leaf but I certainly hope he has more exciting items to collect. I just hope he's a bit easier to meet with this time. It was pretty rare to come across this dude but his goofy and rather klutzy charm definitely places him in the top ten best Animal Crossing Non-villagers. This is ground control to Major Gulliver.
Creature Type:River Imp In-Game Role:Chauffeur
So far all the creatures on this list have been animals. Frankly a vast majority of all characters in Animal Crossing are some kind of animal. However... a sea-shanty-singing Captain that took us to far away places makes number five on the list, and he is not actually an animal as we know them. Kapp'n (not to be confused with Captain Crunch or Hook or 'and Tennille') is a river imp from Japanese folklore. When I first met him I thought he was some kind of frog/turtle hybrid but I have since learned otherwise. In the original Animal Crossing game there was a small tropical island that you could escape to if you had a GBA and some patience. It was inhabited by a special friend and coconuts. Kapp'n would take you there. In his rickety little boat he would sing you songs about the ladies of his life and other TMI stories. Still, he stole my heart just like the sea stole his.
I know for certain that he's back in New Leaf and it seems that he's back in his familiar role. After a brief stint as a bus driver, he's back as a sea captain... commanding the sea... with nothing but a silver tongue.
Creature Type:Sea Otter In-Game Role:Philosopher
Pascal might be my favorite character of the series, tied with the character in the number one slot on this list. However, he's just a little less fascinating than the others ahead of him. Still, if he was reading this today, I don't think he'd care much that he didn't make the top spot. Pascal is an incredibly mellow philosophical sea otter who occasionally can be spotted longingly staring into the open water. His beige beanie hat and scallop hanging from his neck make him quite the notable character in design. Upon discovery of Pascal he would share a quaint sentence or two that would get you pondering the ways of life... then he'd offer you a ship-themed item. These were some of my favorite items of all the games. That paired with the notion he's incredibly adorable, and that puts Pascal deep in my heart, and also at number four on this list.
"The more you learn, man, the less you know."
Creature Type:Axolotl In-Game Role:Performer
Dr. Shrunk is a character that only made his debut into the Animal Crossing series with Wild World. He would occasionally pop into town to show you how to feel. You could then take this emotion and go get emotional on any players that would have it. A player can eventually hold a handful of different emotions which allow you to convey how you feel to your friends over wi-fi... because typing is often too cumbersome. I have to admit... he's a weird looking dude. I assumed he was another rare incident of a non-animal character being in the game but it turns out that he's an axolotl, a type of salamander.
It's his unique look that sets him apart from the rest and while he just might be on drugs... he's there to help us communicate. Perhaps in the next game he's a marriage counselor.
When doing my research for this article, I barely remembered this character. He's the only chameleon to appear in the series and that alone makes him incredibly unique. I love catching bugs so you'd think I'd have spent more time participating in his contests, but I stopped doing those contests in City Folk for some reason. His design is incredibly awesome as a green chameleon in what looks like a safari outfit. Plus, I have to give him credit for planning up a big scheme to get people to catch his dinner. Chameleons eat plenty of insects... and he runs the Bug Catching Contest... it doesn't take long to see how this adds up.
Despite his on-screen resistance to eating the bugs, we all know he dips those little bugs in dessert chocolate once our eyes are turned. He would know too, since his eyes turn pretty close to 360 degrees. Nat is back in Animal Crossing New Leaf and I can't wait to really get to know him better this time around. I need to write my wrong here... and bring him the fastest Banded Dragonfly my town has ever seen!
Creature Type:Dog In-Game Role:Musician
I hope this isn't too cliche... but K.K. Slider (or Totakeke as he's known in Japan) is just the obvious choice. He's a hip solo musician who has such dedication to his art that he never-ever misses a call time. He's very simple in design, which is part of his appeal and his vocal ability is bar none. I have found myself singing his nonsensical melodies for years now. Never have I ever collected EVERY one of his tracks but I will certainly correct that with the newest Animal Crossing installment. In the original game, every saturday night at 8 PM, K.K. would show up on a tree stump, lit with a lamp post, and play for you a tune. He'd stay there till midnight so your friends could come visit also. Afterwards he would give you a copy of his track for free. To him it's not about the money, it's about the music. When he took things indoors in Wild World, the premise was still the same. He's truly a creature we all should aspire to be more like... relaxed... dedicated... passionate... and punctual.
He's definitely gone through a bit of a change for the new installment of the series. He's become a Disc Jockey. I'm not certain how to take this change but I wont make judgments until I've seen him in action. Rumor is that he's only taking on this persona on days that don't start with 'Sat', and I hope this means that he'll be back to his old self for the weekend. However, Animal Crossing New Leaf continues to have new and fresh ideas, which are seen with this new DJ mechanic. DJ K.K.'s songs now come with album covers which can then actually be hung on walls for your liking. Fresh and original, that's the K.K. way.
That concludes this list. I hope that even where we disagree, we can still agree that Animal Crossing is full of charming life and interactions. As of writing, we are less than two weeks away from the release of Animal Crossing New Leaf, and I can't wait for it to turn over. Please take some time to comment on the list whether you have agreement with it or disagreement. Should someone else have made the list? Can you not believe someone did? What do you hope to see with our old friends in this new game? All I know, is that Animal Crossing is a rich game with a rich world, and I can't wait to start from scratch once more.