How did you find Marina Animal Crossing?
Posted On July 20, 2021
Marina Animal Crossings, a collaboration between Nintendo and a local game shop, was a hit in Japan, with millions playing it on handhelds and mobile devices.
But as the game developed, so did the series.
A game which, in the past, was just a series of cute and lovable animals made a series which was about the life of a teenage boy.
“The idea of Marina Animal crossing was really born out of the realization that the way we treat the animals, the way the games treat animals is something we can relate to,” said Miyazaki, who worked with the team to bring the series to the US.
“We thought it was a perfect opportunity to create a game that is about friendship and how it affects you.”
But, as with any collaboration, there were a few hurdles.
The series has been translated into English only since the series’ second game, Animal Crossing: Wild World, released in 2003.
While many of the game’s characters, like the fox and rabbit, were given English names, the characters who were not included in the initial Animal Crossing games were given Japanese names.
To make it easier to get the names of characters, the team also added names of other animals and animals of other species to the game.
So when the series came out for the Switch, they decided to make it a single game.
That, Miyazaki said, was “really tough” because the team did not know how to translate Japanese names into English.
And so, instead of adding more animals to the Animal Crossing universe, they made some of the more popular animals.
“There was no way we could translate every single animal we’ve ever done,” he said.
“It’s not really fair.”
But they knew that they needed to make sure that, when people played the series, they would see the animals they love.
So, in a way, the first step was to make the Animal Crossing series as close to the original as possible.
“When we created Animal Crossing, the idea of a game about friendship came to us very naturally,” Miyazaki continued.
“To us, friendship is about being able to talk to other people and having fun with them.
We felt like that was something we could really create in this game.”
So, as Miyazaki explains it, the Animal Village came first.
In the game, players can create and play different Animal Crossing villians.
Some of the animals have their own homes, while others have a house that they live in together.
The Animal Village is a sort of town, and the players are given a number of tools to interact with the animals in their village.
One of those tools is a fishing rod, which players can use to catch various fish.
Another is a hat, which they can use as a hat.
“You can wear hats,” Miyamoto explained, “but you can also wear fishing rods and hats.”
In order to use these tools, players have to go to the island they want to live in.
There are also shops that can be used as shops.
“For example, if you want to buy fish, you have to talk your way into the shop,” Miyata said.
For the game to work, the developers needed to have an idea of what the Animal Villages looked like, which Miyamoto said was an issue.
“Animals are living creatures,” he explained.
“They have personalities.
And they have emotions.
And you have the possibility to do things with them in the game.”
To solve this, the studio created a series where players could play the Animal village as a game and interact with it, or as an individual.
The villagers themselves have personalities and emotions.
Some are cute, and some are mean, but the player can interact with all of them.
“If the villagers are mean to you, they won’t do as well as they used to,” Miyamotos said.
In order for players to interact more with the villagers, Miyamoto added, the game needs to have more interaction with them, not just the villagers themselves.
“What we’re trying to do is make it so you can really go out and make a real friendship with them,” he added.
“And if you do that, then you can do things that will make them happy.”
This, in turn, would mean that the player would have more time to interact and bond with the Animal villagers.
“So in order to really make the game fun, we wanted to make more of the Animal characters interact with each other,” Miyashita added.
And that meant the developers had to add new animals.
And new animals, it turns out, is what the game is about.
“In Animal Crossing you can find a lot of animals,” Miyami explained.
You can find animals that are cute or you can even find animals which are kind of cruel, like foxes and rabbits.
“But what makes the game so fun is that the animals are actually a little bit different