Iwata talks disappointing Animal Crossing: City Folk reception and sales

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We’re back today with Mr. Iwata’s comments on the reception and sales that Animal Crossing: City Folk received back in 2008 when it launched on the Nintendo Wii. He also talks about the effect it had on New Leaf! Read all about it below:

While the Nintendo DS game (Animal Crossing: Wild World) was a massive success, City Folk for the Wii didn’t fare as well in reception and sales. (although it still did well) Many fans have accused the game of essentially being a Wii port of Wild World while adding the City.

Those fans are definitely not alone as Iwata concedes that City Folk was received poorly worldwide: “However, the Wii version, it was highly anticipated and we released it into the world but it didn’t go very well, right? That game is, for us, one with many points of reflection.”

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The Animal Crossing team at Nintendo certainly recognized this reaction and used the feedback to make the 3DS game as great as possible according to Iwata: “The core members of the Animal Crossing team used this reflection as a spring board, saying ‘Let’s make the next game one that our customers can really enjoy’. I would go so far to say that I honestly felt a tenacity from the nuclear members of the development team.”

As we all know by now, the 3DS game (New Leaf) offers many new possibilities with things you could never do before in the past games and Iwata was quick to point this out: “This time, there are many features inserted that make you say ‘You can do this thing?’ and ‘It goes that far?’.”

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He’s especially proud of the new feature which allows you to customize your furniture with your own custom designs saying: “In addition, to add an example, the ability we added to create furniture with interesting designs and share it through various means, coupled with our customers’ creativity created an amplification of sorts.”

So what did you guys think of City Folk? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

(via Nikkeitranslated by StreetsAhead)

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I seriusly can not wait much longer I need a dubble transplant so I wish I could get this game ASAP

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angel-mist

I really don’t know bout city folk. Never played it before but I’ve heard lots of bad news. Maybe it looked good but not up to everyone’s expectations. It’s reviews were good but not it’s sales. I’ve played wild world when my dad got it for my little sis cause it looked harmless. Too bad she coouldn’t read yet;D But my point is going from wild world straight to new leaf blows my mind. I’m guessing a May release.

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I really liked City Folk. My DS was stolen before it came out so I wasn’t able to play Wild World anymore and city folk looked nice and was really familiar. It didn’t have many changes and wasn’t so exciting but I still played it for years and my mother still plays it!

I think it’s great that they paid attention to the feedback and put so much more effort into new leaf. The new features are incredible and you can tell they worked really hard.

I’m hoping for a U.S. release ASAP so I can procrastinate more efficiently.

newleaf
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newleaf

i really hope AC:NL releases soon in europe i can’t wait much longer!

kaley
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kaley

Wait, they ACTUALLY looked at our feed back of the game this time and made it better! Wow if only they took out grass wear. WW wasent that great. i still play CF but its not really that much better.

Sinistrum
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Sinistrum

” Iwata was quick to point this out: “This time, there are many features inserted that make you say ‘You can do this thing?’ and ‘It goes that far?’.” ”

Yes, like : ” It goes that far, that, after years after its first announcement, it still is not released and even the Korean version is released before an English-language one? “

KIO
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KIO

Animal crossing new leaf will probably be my fav game….ever

Jessica
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Jessica

I wasn’t a huge fan of City Folk. The main reason was because of the actual game play on the TV instead of a handheld device. I never played the GameCube version (I’ve only seen videos online) so the first AC game that I played was Wild World. To me, the game is so much easier to play and more enjoyable on a handheld system. The actual game itself was definitely fun and I loved how they brought back many if the holidays that they removed from Wild World. However, I definitely prefer it on a handheld system. AC is… Read more »

Skuxx
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Skuxx

SHUT THE **** up about sales and talk about our ******* release dates! 🙂

Pelly
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Pelly

AHA ! ^ Oh Iwata . .

Mia the Starr
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Mia the Starr

Well I didn’t like city because there was a lot of similar things to the ds version.

Jimmy Boy
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Jimmy Boy

but unlike Wild World it has those cliffs halfway through your village, and the real world holidays, both of which were from the original. IGN titled it right when they reviewed it calling it nothing new, but rather a “blending of the prior games”, because that’s what it is, they picked stuff from the first 2, added a city, and called it a day. It wasn’t a port of Wild World, because Wild World had no real holidays, no cliffs, had messages in a bottle, no Chip, no Wisp, etc, which are all found in the original and City Folk.

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City Folk was my first Animal Crossing game. When we first got it, my daughter and her cousins would play with Wii Speak. They live far from each other and it was a great way for them to connect. Now I still play, with other moms, and we all enjoy visiting with each other and seeing each other’s towns. Wii Speak has its limitations, but it was a great addition to the game. I prefer the large screen TV play to the little handheld because I have RSI issues. That being said…I’m still impatient and excited about New Leaf, as… Read more »

Yuki Shirone
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animal crossing ds was my first one then i got the city folk soon imma get animal crossing for 3ds and maybe ill get the game cube i love animal crossin imma collect them all XD

Yuki
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Yuki

tht cool but i rather have the release date plz….

Mike Honcho
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Mike Honcho

Woah. No way, never guess that, the way you comment on these posts. You seemed the patient saint up until now.

acnlfan
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acnlfan

feb could be the release date for usa,south korea usualy get the games no more than a week or two early than the usa.

the original pokemon game came out two days in south korea before america,so look at the south korea relase date as hint for american relase date.

Mia the Starr
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Mia the Starr

😀

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To acnlfan
so the usa might get acnl on the 21 of feb ?

Mary
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Mary

I’ve played ww and cf and i liked ww better cause i find its better on the handheld system.
I do wish they would hurry up and release new leaf been waiting way too long for this one.
Also cf was lacking in things to do the gamecube version had more to it.Also i did not like the grass wear.

big
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big

i am very excited for this masterpiece, godbless

Jenn
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I first played Animal Crossing on the GameCube. I loved it then and have played each new game that was released in the US. I like all of the games for different reasons. The original had Nintendo games like Excitebike and Mario’s Woods that you could play and download to your Game it Advance. I loved Wild World’s portability, but I also loved City Folk for being able to catch more bugs and fish on a big screen where they looked better than ever before.

Mia the Starr
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Mia the Starr

Those are some good reasons!! 😀

Jessica
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Jessica

The more LinAndKo videos I watch along with everything that I read on this blog makes me feel like I’m going to burst with excitement!!! This game is going to take up EVERY SECOND of my spare time!!! It seems like there is literally nothing that you CANNOT customize!! I’m so glad I saved up all of my vacation days at work… I’ll definitely be taking a few days (maybe a week) off when it releases in the US and I will certainly be heading to Game Stop at Midnight on release day!!! 🙂 I’m so excited!!! I have a… Read more »

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Ah wow you Finnaly got a better comment system!

Yuki Shirone
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whoa i like this new chat system

Mia the Starr
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Mia the Starr

Ooooh new comment system :3

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I can definately see where portability adds something to the game. However, for an adult that loves the game, when I am out and about, I don’t have time to play. I’m busy doing adult stuff, not sitting in the back seat like the younger folks. GC:AC was awesome because I got to play in the comfort of my own home. AC:CF the same, sit down relax and play. AC:WW is cool and all, and even though I could sit at home and play, I hated the small screen (bad eyes). So, yeah, I will get a 3DSXL and New… Read more »

Jazzmac
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Jazzmac

I have been watching Lin&Ko’s videos since the beginning and they have made it so I will be more excited when it comes out! It really needs to hurry up now! W have waited ages!

cooldog
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cooldog

i like city folk cause its fun

Jimmy Boy
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Jimmy Boy

“Many fans have accused the game of essentially being a Wii port of Wild World while adding the City” The only ones who do never played every game of the series from the beginning, because there’s stuff from the original GameCube version absent in Wild World that was added back in City Folk, meaning it’s not a port if stuff was returned from a prior version after having been removed. Case in point the real world holidays. How about the Wild World only holidays like La-Di-Day? Or Acorn Festival? Or Yay Day? None of those are in City Folk. Toy… Read more »

Cynthia Andersen
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Cynthia Andersen

I am an avid Animal Crossing fan. I was disappointed because I could NOT play the game with the Wii controls. The waving/wanding style ofncontrool just didn’t work right and I was so frustrated. I heard that you could add a regular controller to the game but that didn’t work either. I bought another controller promised to work and it didn’t. I cannot believe you folks thought we didn’t like the GAME! IT WAS THE IMPOSSIBLE PLATFORM!! I would love to play city folk…. can I begnyountonre release it on DS? ??