In two months time, Animal Crossing: New Leaf will celebrate its 5th anniversary as arguably the most successful title in the franchise. It's moved more than 11 million copies, spawned its own spin-off in Happy Home Designer -- a game that itself sold more than three million copies worldwide -- and proved that small town life is at its best when it's on the go. As we patiently wait for the inevitable Switch entry into the series, there's another game I really hope we get out of the franchise: I would love an Animal Crossing RPG.
Nintendo isn't afraid to branch out this franchise. It's made appearances in Mario Kart, Smash Bros and before the year is over it's supposed to have its own smartphone game. And while I'm sure the priority is getting that Switch sequel out the door in 2018, I have been thinking about the possibilities of an Animal Crossing RPG for years. There are 458 Animal Crossing characters, enough to put Suidoken to shame. Imagine forming a party with your character, Jingle, Kiki and K.K. Slider as you adventure from player town to player town saving them from the evils that lurk.
Hell, Nintendo wouldn't even have to stray that far from the Animal Crossingformula. There could still be the standard town element, only every day it is plagued by monsters and once a week players are given a quest to complete with a party made of the town's residents.
The possibilities are as endless as the potential cast. It might be unlikely, but I've been hoping and wishing for a game like this for a long time. A less foolish man would have moved on by now, but prior to my desire for this I was all about getting a role-playing game starring Miis and that dream came true earlier this summer. So I'm going to keep wishin' and hoping' and thinkin' and prayin'.