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We may have gotten ourselves an Animal Crossing game on the Wii U, but why did it have to be ruined?

Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival is a party game for the Wii U published by Nintendo and developed by Nintendo EPD and Nd Cube (current developer of the Mario Party series). The game is an Animal Crossing spin-off and was released worldwide in November 2015.

Why It Sucks

  1. While the game comes with an amiibo figure, you'll have to buy more amiibo figures yourself if you want to play with other people.
  2. There's too little content to justify its price of $60!
  3. The game is nothing but pure LUCK.
  4. Almost nothing interesting happens on the boards, which quickly causes the game to become boring.
  5. There are almost no mini-games, and the boards consist entirely of simply moving from one area to the next to gather "Happiness Points".
  6. Playing a different month is pointless because the board stays the same regardless.
  7. The mini-games themselves range from boring to irritating to play through.
  8. The "Stalk Market", in which players can buy and sell turnips every half-dozen turns, is based on luck and woefully underused.
  9. This game plays itself which defeats the entire purpose of this party game. You can literally make your move and mash the A button while playing another game on your phone while this game, as said, plays itself!

Redeeming Qualities

  1. It's visually beautiful, and runs smoothly.
  2. It retains the charm of the Animal Crossing series.
  3. Desert Island Escape is actually pretty fun to play. It ended up being popular to the point it got ported to Animal Crossing: New Leaf as part of an update.
  4. At least we got an Animal Crossing game on the Wii U.


Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival was received unfavorably, with a Metacritic score of 46 based on 20 critic reviews. Common criticisms include a lack of interactivity, boring gameplay, and the game existing solely to get people to buy more amiibo.