Having the ability to customize your island is extremely cool from Nanlina's blog

Having the ability to customize your island is extremely cool, but the real time aspect means that my island constantly felt half baked. I'd begin to execute a notion, spend 2 weeks moving buildings, then realize that I do not like the Animal Crossing New Horizons Bells outcome. I suppose I should focus on the positives of the island reshaping, but this was something that left me feeling bummed.

The crafting system is cool, however the lack of unlimited strength tools has essentially made me not want to get the game again. Or why any tools will need to break. Can it be just a mild inconvenience to make/buy new tools? Sure. In Breath of this Wild, your weapons burst. Some found this bothersome, I really liked it. Why? Since it forced me to use various weapons which acted differently, and it gave some significance into the weapons I stored to get powerful enemies. And I had many weapons at once and gathered them passively so switching to a new weapon was not a chore. In New Horizons, switching to a different fishing rod after yours breaks changes nothing about the gameplay. Each rod is just like the past, there is no significance to any fishing pole. Unless you are actively timing your use to coincide with trips to offer your fish then you are going to have to waste time running into a store or crafting bench. It is a poorly designed system that straight up ruined fishing and bug catching.

Speaking of bug catching, Nintendo decided to destroy that too. Outside of grabbing beetles on the island in New Leaf, insect catching has ever been terrible for making money. It had been much easier to catch fish. When New Horizons came out, insect catching really got you decent money. Several bugs with solid spawn rates were worth good money. I was enjoying making 300k or so one hour by actively catching bugs. Given the prices of the big ticket items at the shop, that appeared about honest, and was fairly equivalent to fishing. Subsequently Nintendo nerfed the spawn levels of these good bugs for seemingly no reason. They also cracked down to the attention you have for having bells at the bank. It seemed just like Nintendo thought it was too simple to make money, but they dismissed the largest moneymaker, the Stalk Market. In previous games, the Stalk Market has been an true gamble. Seeing other towns was a really involved process, in order that you were basically relying on your prices. With the growth of social networking and the comparative simplicity of visiting different islands (a procedure which is nevertheless dogshit awful, Nintendo never stops to amaze with their online ineptitude) it became trivial to locate a good turnip price each week not to merely double, but triple or quadruple your investment. And with the greater inventory, buying a high number of turnips was trivial. So people could easily make millions of bells with minimal effort and virtually zero risk. And my social media (discord, twitter, etc) was filled with people asking and saying about turnip prices.

Can I think I'll return to New Leaf? No, not actually. The Switch is buy Animal Crossing Bells simpler to play its faster load times and larger display. It looks prettier. There are still a few very welcome QoL improvements.

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By Nanlina
Added Oct 13



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