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Animal Crossing: City Folk, how much has it been played? Official Nintendo Channel data report

June 11, 2013
Tom Nook should be used in Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U, he could rob
you of your health as he does of bells in the Animal Crossing games.

Coffee Beans
The Animal Crossing games seem to follow the Mario Kart games formula, that formula being where only one game from the series is released per console. Animal Crossing: New Leaf just released for the Nintendo 3DS in the U.S. this week, and is the first 3DS Animal Crossing game. Before jumping to the trailer for the new 3DS game, we’re looking at Tom Nook’s Wii outing.

Animal Crossing: City Folk released for Wii on November 16, 2008. The game was developed by Nintendo’s EAD studio, and it received an ESRB rating of “EVERYONE” with “Comic Mischief” listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of.

If you own a Wii, or even a Wii U because of its backwards compatibility with Wii games, you can now get Animal Crossing: City Folk for under $20 as a Nintendo Selects title. How many hours might you expect from the game if you have never played it though? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look at the official U.S. Wii Nintendo Channel data to get an idea!

The Brew
Animal Crossing: City Folk now has approximately 456,147 U.S. Wii owners who have 38,477,386 Total Hours of game-play reported, with about 1,667 days possibly reported. The number of U.S. Wii owners with reported data has increased by just over 150,000 since July 2010, and over 80,000 since May 2011. The Total Hours reported have increased by over 15 million since July 2010, and over 9 million since the 2011.

City Folk players have averaged a total 84 Hours 22 Minutes “Per person” of play time with the game, which averages out to be 1 Hour 59 Minutes played per time reported. Its average reported “Per person” has seen an increase of 6 Hours 9 Minutes, from what was reported in May 2011.

Wouldn’t K.K. Slider be good in Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U?
He could have a guitar “smash” special move.

How does Animal Crossing: City Folk’s total hours “Per person” compare to other popular Nintendo Wii games? The 84 Hours 22 Minutes “Per person” actually makes Animal Crossing: City Folk one of the Wii’s most played games in that category. It has a higher reported average “Per person” than games like Super Mario Galaxy, Mario Kart Wii, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and even Super Smash Bros. Brawl!

How was the game received by critics and customers though? The game has a “professional” critic review score average of 73.54%, based on 48 reviews on Its customer review score average is currently an 82.70%, based on 288 reviews from for both the regular and Nintendo Selects listings of the game.

Caffeinated Thoughts
I have said before that I purchased Animal Crossing: City Folk because the bundle that included the Wii Speak microphone was discounted when I did, and I wanted the Wii Speak peripheral to use for The Conduit’s online multiplayer. I didn’t think I would really enjoy Animal Crossing very much, but was really surprised by it.

If Animal Crossing: New Leaf is anything like Animal Crossing: City Folk on the Wii, then it should provide you with many, many hours of game-play fun. You have the option to buy the 3DS game either in a digital format, or you can purchase a physical copy of it. There was even a recent post and discussion about this, Animal Crossing – the Digital Push, by a guy that doesn’t complete very many games.

If you haven’t seen anything on Animal Crossing: New Leaf, here’s the launch trailer for the game:

While the digital version might make sense for some, if you base your expected average play time with the new 3DS game, off of the Wii version’s reported data, getting a physical copy might make more sense. Why? Looking again at the average time City Folk has been played per session, it’s nearly 2 hours per session. I doubt I would care about having another game in my 3DS, if I’m dedicating so much time on one like Animal Crossing. This is the type of game, from my experience with it, that can take over your system and not leave the disc drive/cartridge slot for weeks at a time.

We haven’t played Animal Crossing on the Wii in a while, and as of now it’s in retirement on our game shelf, but Mrs. Coffee does get interested in it randomly, so I never know when it’s coming back out of retirement. Also, if you saw the image captions above, it’s because Nintendo revealed a new Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U character from the Animal Crossing games today in their E3 Nintendo Direct. I think K.K. Slider, Tom Nook, and even Brewster could be very interesting and fun characters for Super Smash Bros., and knowing how Nintendo is doing DLC in some games now, perhaps Super Smash Bros. will get DLC characters after it releases?

The Nintendo DS game released in 2005, and while the Wii released in 2006, City Folk wasn’t released on it until 2008. So, if you’re only a Wii/Wii U owner interested in the series, buying City Folk now might make sense when looking at the series’ release history. Seeing how much Animal Crossing: City Folk has been played and enjoyed by Wii owners though, makes me wonder if Nintendo will release an Animal Crossing Wii U title, sooner than later.

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Are you a Nintendo 3DS owner that has perhaps recently purchased Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the system? If you had never played the series before, what do you think about it?

If you own Animal Crossing: City Folk are you still playing it, or has it been retired to your video game shelf?

You can see Animal Crossing related games and products to buy from linked below:

>Nintendo Selects – Animal Crossing: City Folk Data Report

May 25, 2011


Pictured from left to right:  K.K. Slider, Brewster, and Tom Nook

Coffee Beans:
     Animal Crossing: City Folk(AC:CF) was originally released for the Wii on November 16, 2008.  The game released with two versions: the software only version with a MSRP of $49.99, and a Wii Speak bundle for $69.99 which included the Wii Speak unit and game.
     AC:CF was developed by Nintendo’s Entertainment Analysis and Development studio, and it followed very closely game-play wise in the footsteps of the Animal Crossing games released before it on the GameCube and Nintendo DS.
     The game received an “Everyone” rating from the ESRB with “Comic Mischief” listed as the only content for gamers/parents to be aware of.

     On Sunday May 15, 2011, Animal Crossing: City Folk joined three other Wii games in America as a Nintendo Selects title, which means it now has a MSRP of just $19.99.

     How many hours have Wii owners reported spending in Animal Crossing: City Folk(probably being ripped off by Tom Nook and his outrageous prices), with 919 days of game-play reported?  Let’s take a look!

Hours shown are for United States of America Wii owners that report
game-play data via the Nintendo Channel, and is not reflective of all Wii owners.

Approx. Number of Players Having Reported Data:
     Animal Crossing: City Folk has 372,876 Wii owners that have reported game-play hours through the Wii’s Nintendo Channel.

Reporting Player Increase:
     How many more players has Animal Crossing: City Folk seen increased in having reported data since my last report?
     The game has had about 71,606 more players report data since the last report on August 1, 2010.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours:
     AC:CF has 29,167,464 Total Hours of game-play reported, an increase of 7,324,261 Total Hours since the last report.
     The game’s average play-time is now 78 Hours 13 Minutes “Per person” having reported data, which is 5 Hours 42 Minutes higher than the average recorded on July 26, 2010.
     Animal Crossing: City Folk’s average play-time per session is now right at 2 Hours.

Sales Ranks & Advertised Prices:
     Animal Crossing: City Folk’s sale rank is currently #319, and it is listed for $16.96.
     Nintendo Selects: Animal Crossing: City Folk’s sale rank is #2,143, and it is listed for $19.99.

     Sales ranks and prices recorded around 11:30PM on May 24, 2011.

Review Score Averages:
     AC:CF’s “professional” review score average is 73.48%, based on 46 reviews on

     The game has about a 4 out of 5 Stars rating on, based on 257 customer reviews across all versions of the game.
     Animal Crossing: City Folk’s customer review score average is 82.56%, when the customer reviews are converted to a 100% review scale.

     Review score averages recorded around 11:30PM on May 24, 2011.

Filtered Thoughts:
     I think the reported game-play hours for AC:CF should be encouraging to Nintendo, and I am interested to see if the game being a Nintendo Selects title will cause any significant increase in the number of players reporting data over the next few months.
     The near thirty million “Total Hours” of game-play reported would be equivalent to more than 3,000 years of game-play, and seeing the game increase by more than seven million game-play hours in less than a year is pretty significant for a title this old, I believe.
     Also, many may not know this, but Animal Crossing: City Folk’s reported hours of 78 Hours 13 Minutes “Per person”, I believe makes it the third most-played Wii game in that category.
     The sales ranks actually surprised me a bit, as I was expecting the newer Nintendo Selects AC:CF version to be ranked higher than the older version, but is selling the older version for $16.96 with “Free Standard Shipping”, and the Nintendo Selects title for $19.99 + Shipping, so it makes sense for the older one to have the higher sales rank.
     The review score averages for AC:CF are interesting, as I have read how AC:CF did not change much from the older games, and even seems to have more issues(such as no regenerating grass?!  FIX THAT NINTENDO!).  I think the review score average difference makes sense because I would imagine more “professional” reviewers played the older versions in the Animal Crossing series, and perhaps many Wii owners that reviewed AC:CF never played the other versions so they were not judging AC:CF off of the other titles.

Caffeinated Thoughts:
     I purchased the Animal Crossing: City Folk Wii Speak bundle from on March 31, 2009, and the game arrived a few days later.  The reason I purchased it was because the AC:CF Wii Speak bundle was on sale for $49.98, and I wanted a Wii Speak unit for The Conduit when it released.  At the time, I figured I could make a few dollars back by trading-in AC:CF if I did not like it, and just keep the Wii Speak unit instead.
     Well, little did I know that my wife and I would both play Animal Crossing: City Folk, and soon her and I were competing for play-time with the game.  Tom Nook quickly became a rich man(or raccoon dog!) off of us, and I viewed him as a crook!
     Here we are 2+ years later, and AC:CF is still in our Wii collection.  How many hours have we reported playing Animal Crossing: City Folk as shown on the Nintendo Channel?  Take a look!

     Animal Crossing: City Folk is our most-played Wii game to date, and I had no idea when I purchased AC:CF that it would become our most-played Wii game!
     While I stopped playing AC:CF after about 5 months, Mrs. Coffee kept at it and still plays the game on probably a weekly basis.  The majority of the hours shown above are from her playing the game.  I definitely think she is a “hardcore” AC:CF player, as she has printed off a list of K.K. Slider songs to get, and she has three legal pad pages of notes about stuff in the game!
     If you have not seen anything on Animal Crossing: City Folk, the trailer below may give you an idea about the game:

     AC:CF’s game-play is very simple and easy to learn, but its formula makes for a strangely addicting game.  I know many guys wonder what video games they could purchase to try and get a girlfriend/wife interested in playing games, and I would suggest Animal Crossing: City Folk as one game to try, especially now with its lower MSRP of just $19.99.
     If any of you are playing AC:CF regularly or perhaps looking at purchasing it, and you are looking for other people with the game, feel free to add my friend code for the game.  My Animal Crossing: City Folk friend code is: 0001-9597-5664.
     Also, feel free to leave your AC:CF friend code in the comments section below, or by sending me an email with it.

     Have any of been playing Animal Crossing: City Folk on a regular basis like my wife?  If not AC:CF, what about the other Animal Crossing games on the GameCube and DS?
     Also, do you feel Tom Nook is a crook, or just a savvy business man?

If any of you are interested in Animal Crossing: City Folk, you can see links on to all three versions below.  Currently, the cheapest version is the original software release, which includes free shipping with its listed price: