Every Animal Crossing game ever released, ranked

animal crossingoriginally released in Japan as Dobutso no Mori (Animal Forest), has since become an internationally recognized hit. Animal Crossing asks players to slow down, breathe deeply and enjoy a healthy experience. This places the series among other life and social simulation games. However, gorgeous graphics, beautiful music, and iconic characters all set it apart from its competitors.

There are some very good, beloved Animal Crossing games floating around. Unfortunately, there are a few not so greattoo. Most fans would rather forget about some of the spin-off games, for example. On this list, we compared our favorite series entries accompanied by his rare misfires.


9/9 Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival

Amiibo Festival is the only entry in the Animal Crossing series that crosses the line of “just mediocre” at “really bad”. Conceptualized as a slightly friendlier version of Mario Party, it ends up being simply simply boring. The main problem with Amiibo Festival is that it removes the most exciting thing about Mario Party – its competitiveness. You do not want anymore shout at your friends on the sofa, it will be more like growls slightly annoyed.

Amiibo Festival was, among other things, packaged with multiple Amiibos: two full figures and three “Amiibo cards” representing Animal Crossing villagers. While it’s nice to have miniatures included in your game, Amiibo Festival clumsily integrates them. It ends up feeling forced, as players are constantly reminded how much better the experience would be if the Amiibos weren’t there at all.

8/9 Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

When this mobile game came out, fans were hunger for a new Animal Crossing. Other new games available at the time, both for WiiU, were Amiibo Festival (extremely disappointing) and Animal Crossing Square (more like a screen saver one real game). So unless you still enjoy new sheet on the 3DS, pocket camp was the only decent option for a new Animal Crossing experience.

Even though he is definitely not a traditional Animal Crossing, the game is actually not bad at all. It has a surprising number of features, including fishing, catching bugs, decorating, and more. The main downside is that Pocket Camp also has its fair share of free featuressuch as timed events and microtransactions.

7/9 Animal Crossing: City Folk

city ​​people is the series’ entry to the Nintendo Wii, and while it’s by no means a bad game, it didn’t do much to break new ground. Even in terms of graphics, City Folk looked a lot like an updated version of Animal Crossing on Gamecube.

One thing added by City Folk is, of course, the city: a hub filled with shops and villagers. It may be a nice neighborhood, but even the city has very little new to offer. There are shops, but there are not New stores, really. There are other small places to visit, but it won’t be long before players get bored and just return to their life in the small village. Unfortunately, City Folk is the the most forgettable of all the main Animal Crossing games.

6/9 Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

happy home designer was a 3DS game focused on (as the title suggests) home design. This is obviously not a traditional Animal Crossing experience, hence its relatively low ranking. Despite this, considering it as a house design game rather than animal crossing Game, it’s actually quite good.

For the first time, all furniture in the series was readily available, make home decorating a breeze. The game also implemented a new drag-and-drop design system, which influenced the simplified decoration in New Horizons. Happy Home Designer was a big hit for Animal Crossing and interior design fans. Others struggled to get into it, and because it was a standalone game, Happy Home Designer didn’t do very well in the market.

5/9 Animal Crossing: Happy Home Paradise

Good family paradise is a DLC for Animal Crossing: New Horizonsand the spiritual successor to Happy Home Designer. It builds on the successes of Designate with lots of new features. Moreover, since it uses the beautiful graphics of New Horizons, Happy Home Paradise is also a feast for the eyes.

Because it’s a DLC rather than its own game, it fits in with New Horizons amazingly. Happy Home Paradise features are carried over to the main game, and the player can invite villagers from their island to their “vacation homes” in Happy Home Paradise. Overall it’s a solid title and a more than worthy successor in the previous game.

4/9 Animal Crossing: Wild World

wild world is the series’ beloved entry on the Nintendo DS. He condensed the Gamecube game down to the size of a handheld computer, which was very impressive at the time. Wild World also built on the success of the Gamecube version with a lots of new features. Observatory, cafe, hair salon, online game and much more are all series of pillars that were introduced in Wild World. Unfortunately, its 3D graphics have aged a little badly.

Wild World has also removed some key game features, such as vacations, which were seriously beaten down. He tried to introduce things like exterior decoration with designs that could be put on the ground. These and other characteristics have been felt clunky at best due to the obvious limitations of the DS. Still, Wild World was impressive for its time and is fondly remembered by many fans.

3/9 Animal Crossing: New Horizons

New Horizons famous dropped at a time when people were stuck indoors. Because it offered a serene outdoor getaway, it took the world by storm, introducing countless new fans to the Animal Crossing series. It also feels fresh, with lots of new twists on the existing formula, including landscaping and exterior decoration. New Horizons is breathtakingly beautiful, with new graphics that still look appropriate for the series.

The only reason this game isn’t ranked higher is that it was originally missing some beloved features previous games. Things like swimming, coffee, Katrina the fortune teller, and many more were missing from New Horizons 1.0. Fortunately, Nintendo finally released a huge update this fixed in many of these missing features.

2/9 Animal Crossing: Population growth

Animal Crossing: Population Growth (known as “Animal Crossing” to most fans) was the first Animal Crossing game released in America. It was actually a port of Dobutso no Mori (animal forest), an ancient Japanese game. The English port introduced a few new features, but it’s mostly unchanged from the original game on the Nintendo 64.

The laid-back, offbeat atmosphere established in Population Growing has never been matched by any other game. It may be the nostalgia talking, but Population growth will always feel unique and amazing. Many of its features (the dump, the wishing well, etc.) have been removed, never to be seen again. His music has a your weird which is simply not present in the new games. For many of us, this was our first exposure to this type of game, and it will always be special.

1/9 Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Animal Crossing: New Leaf on 3DS was a breath of fresh air for the series. After City Folk didn’t really innovate, it looks like Nintendo has re-evaluated the Animal Crossing series. They came up with a game that felt new and fresh without straying too far from the formula. Launch of the new sheet stunning new graphics and mechanics and has kept many gamers glued to their 3DS playing it years after its release.

For the first time in New Leaf, players could assume the role of mayor of their small town. With construction projects and ordinances, mayors have had a noticeable impact on their world. The experience felt smooth and refined. While New Horizons overwhelmed with options, New Leaf looks like the sweet spot between the two. The customization isn’t so extensive that it’s overwhelming; it’s just.

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