Parents' Guide to

Animal Crossing: City Folk

By Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Life sim has homey charm, but similar to others in series.

Game Nintendo Wii 2008
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 6+

Adorable and fun!

This is a wonderful, relaxing, and fun game. The entire series is fantastic. It can even be addictive at times. All your neighbors are animals with different personalities. There are different activities and games to participate in with the other residents. Tons of fun.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
age 4+


Incredible game! My 8 year old daughter convinced me to join!

This title has:

Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (67):

Disappointingly, if you've played the GameCube offering (or a more recent DS game), Animal Crossing City Folk is not that improved or different. Yet it does make you feel a range of emotions. Sometimes, characters you've become friends with leave your village for the city, and you'll feel an abiding sense of loss. You can go to the city (via a virtual bus) as well, but it's basically to shop and do doll-like things to your character like dress him or her up with new clothes. It is fun to find the shoe-shining skunk.

One of the cool things you can do is play as your Mii, which you can customize. So that makes the experience more personal. If you purchase the WiiSpeak microphone option (for an extra $20), you can chat with pals and if you have a USB keyboard, you can text to mobile phones. But for fans of the other games, City Folk offers too much ddjj vu. It's truly a missed opportunity for Nintendo to innovate. For the price, the game should have far more original and inspired elements. If, however, this is the first time you've played an Animal Crossing game, you'll enjoy its homey, funny charm.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: November 18, 2008
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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