Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival released earlier this month, and reviews in the West haven’t exactly been generous. The Mario Party style game has been called “uninteresting” and an “embarrassment of a game” with “terrible design and gameplay” by Attack of the Fanboy. Amiibo are essential in unlocking content in the game, meaning you’re going to have to spend way more than just the price of the game in order to get a feel for its full potential. The problem is, many people are not prepared to do this for a board game Animal Crossing spin-off.
Nintendo’s other Animal Crossing spin-off that released this year is Happy Home Designer. The game focuses purely on the interior design aspect of the traditional Animal Crossing games, which is an element many fans love. This is probably why it has been more successful than Amiibo Festival; at least it has some similar gameplay to other Animal Crossing games. The inclusion of Amiibo cards definitely brought more attention to the game, as many Nintendo fans will want to collect them. The game has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and received a lot of good reviews, so it can definitely be viewed as a success.
A lot of fans have been asking for a new Animal Crossing console game, but instead they got Amiibo Festival for the Wii U. Fans would understandably be angry, as they are not getting what they have been asking for. It is understandable that Nintendo want to introduce Animal Crossing Amiibo, but this could have been done for a new traditional style game for Wii U. Most of us expected that the next Animal Crossing game would involve Amiibo anyway.
Amiibo Festival pretty much feels like a waste of time and a gap filler. Happy Home Designer on the other hand, seems to show that successful spin-offs can happen, and Nintendo should have probably just stopped at that.
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