Emma wanted to use the gift card she got for Xmas to buy a GameCube game, and she just randomly picked Animal Crossing… We had no idea what we were in for.
Since Animal Crossing is pretty much a one player (at a time) game, her and Maddy take turns, and sometimes play each other’s character, so it’s building cooperation skills, +1 for that.
I’ve mainly been watching, and not playing much, but the game fascinates me, and I wanted to learn more about it, so I read the Wikipedia Animal Crossing (GameCube) article and told the kids what I found there. Now they are shaking every tree and trying to avoid being stung by bees. Last night Emma asked if she could get up at 5AM and start playing. I told her 6AM would be early enough, sadly she discovered that Nook’s Cranny was not open that early.
I keep asking the kids if they can jump off the cliff or hit other characters in the head with the shovel, but so far neither has happened.
There is an Animal Crossing Community site, and it looks like the original game site is still around, but there is a new version for the Nintendo DS called Wild World. (Both Schlomo and Phil Wilson seem to be DS Animal Crossing fans.)