Animal Crossing: Let's Go to the City

Animal Crossing: Let's Go to the City Review for Wii

On: Wii

In Animal Crossing: City Folk, life moves at a relaxed pace, but the world brims with endless possibilities.

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8Out of 10
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After the quite brilliant Animal Crossing: Wild World on Nintendo DS, Nintendo fans have been waiting excitedly for the inevitable Wii follow-up. It's been three years since that game hit Japanese stores, so just what has Nintendo managed to conjure up in that time? Well, it's managed to come up with a terrible subtitle in 'Let's go to the City', completely innovate by offering voice chat and offer a new area to visit that sounds quite large but is in fact quite small. Animal Crossing: Let's go to the City is the very definition of lazy game development, yet it's still a great deal of fun and a game that will appeal to a very large group of Wii owners who have likely never played an Animal Crossing game before.

Let's go the City begins in the same way as previous games in the series have, with you on a bus travelling to your new town of residence. You talk to a chatty fellow who asks you a series of questions which enable you to name your character and town and sort out a few other details, like your gender. It's a quite brilliant way to make rather dull text and data entry seem fun, and a nice intro to the kind of characters you're going to be interacting with over the course of your new life in Dogmun (well, that's what I called my town). You leave the bus with some tips on who to speak to and the world (town and small city) is your oyster.

After visiting the Town Hall, meeting the mayor and having a casual stroll through Dogmun, it's time to take a look at potential homes. Four are on offer to begin with, none of which are much bigger than a small shack (so small in fact that you can fill the entire floor with a pocket-full of apples). You don't have any money to begin with, but shop owner Tom Nook stumps up the cash, with him agreeing that you can pay it back over the course of your time in town. Once you've bought your desired property it's time to work for Nook in order to get a bit of cash, which essentially introduces you to a few basic ideas (like writing letters and notes, and delivering things to your fellow townspeople), and then you're free to do as you wish.

We initially headed straight to the nearby trees and robbed them of their apples, selling enough to Nook so we could afford the shovel, fishing rod and insect catcher he had on display. These tools are key to your money making in Let's go to the City, with caught insects and fish, and dug up items, able to be sold for cold hard bells (the game's currency). Your first house has a mortgage of nearly 20,000 bells, and one early escapade, catching a variety of fish, insects and apples, will earn you around 2000 bells, so it's not hard to get back into black with Mr Nook, at least temporarily. House renovations and extensions cost more money, and you're definitely going to want to upgrade in order to fit more items in your home, meaning you'll more or less permanently be in debt.

Friends can come to visit your town

Friends can come to visit your town

Your enjoyment of the game will more or less rest on how you find the core activities, which aren't anything more than quite basic chores. To catch fish you look for shadows in the water, then fling your hook out and wait for the fish to bite, before snapping the rod up with your Wii Remote. Catching insects is a case of following any you see and trying to slam your net over them before they hop off, and digging is, well, just you digging a hole. Thankfully Nintendo has wisely added tool selection to the Wii Remote's d-pad, so there's no need to enter a menu each time you want to change from one to another, which, if you've played previous games, comes as a great relief.

By far the biggest disappointment is just how samey the game is. This won't be a problem if you're coming to this Wii game having never played any of the previous Animal Crossing titles, but if you've sunk any decent amount of time into the DS, GameCube or even original N64 game, you're going to be doing more or less what you've done many times before. You can transfer over your profile from your DS game, getting your catalogue of items you've unlocked from your time in Wild World, but you don't get the money or items you owned. There's also no way to keep both games synchronised, which in our opinion makes the feature quite pointless unless you want to run two completely separate towns.

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I can't get my Friend code how can i get it?
Posted 03:41 on 22 October 2011
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is anyone on now? ive deleted my old town so this is my new town info
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Posted 19:27 on 28 June 2011
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PPL ADD ME COME ONLINE WID ME A.S.A.P GATE ALWAYS OPEN WHEN IM ON:) lol ok now shouty attension grabbing bit done ...
Friend code:2407-1533-8512
Town: Starland
Fruits:Cherries, peaches and coconuts
Posted 21:10 on 23 June 2011
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shade121@ Cutie_Lucy

my rply b4 was kinda l8 realising the dates on urs now ..
Posted 19:54 on 21 June 2011
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shade121@ Cutie_Lucy

im online now!

town : starland
Posted 19:53 on 21 June 2011
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Well I am Looking For Friend So Go To YouTube And Seach Miniman9681
Posted 07:28 on 30 May 2011
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I have this game on wii but i don't have any friends.. I have some friend code but I don't know where will I put them and how can i see my code??
Posted 11:20 on 10 May 2011
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Cutie_Lucy@ george2

hey did i added u b4? anyways i deleted my town and if anyone wants to make money or hybrid just tell meee!
Posted 12:48 on 21 February 2011
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hi there me again i know i havent posted much info on animal crossing for a while but i have the greatest way to get money you wil be rich in no time ok first thing to do go to bunny day gather lots of foil but dont give it to the bunny put it in a closet or wardrobe then go to christmas and get the jingle furniture dont bother going to halloween you will get nothing anyways after you don this change the year and keep going to bunny day and christmas for example if your in 2011 change that to 2012 and go to bunnyday but save up your foils like i sed then go to christmas get the jingle furniture then switch to 2013 and keep changeing the year and repeat the process ok hope this helps ^_^
Posted 12:29 on 07 February 2011
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is anyone online rite now?

name: Lucy
town: Wisder
FC: 0259-9296-8922

Reply as soon as u got this! :laugh: :laugh: :lick: :lick: :lol: :lol:
Posted 17:51 on 30 July 2010
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I am, i need help making bells its now 1022 am in the usa
Mom 0431-6989-0107
our word is my town name
Posted 15:24 on 17 July 2010
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is anyone online?
Posted 19:55 on 14 July 2010
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hey guys

Name: Nikki
City: Flugel
Friend Code: 2879-3897-9106

i got cherry's and i just planted a coconut tree so i'll have coconuts soon

if you add me send your name city and code to my e-mail

it is:

i hope to hear from you all soon
Posted 11:43 on 05 July 2010
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Posted 20:56 on 01 June 2010
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i got all the golden items and everything you can think of on animal crossing thats all the stuff i give aways and i got light sabres quite cool really you can chop your trees down with them to make anybody at ease its ur choice to add me and im 21 years old if that makes you feel better (its just a game) i play it with my wife i'll put my animal crossing details on later kk and not my duplication
Posted 17:39 on 21 April 2010

Game Stats

Animal Crossing: Let's Go to the City
Out of 10
Animal Crossing: Let's Go to the City
  • Just as addictive as ever
  • Great characters
  • Online functionality is solid
  • Feels like a safe sequel
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Release Date: 05/12/2008
Platform: Wii
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Simulation
No. Players: 1 + Online
Rating: PEGI 3+
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