Speaking to Nintendo execs recently, one sad, sorry and hugely dishonourable fact has come to light. Animal Crossing, the seminal, joyous life sim from Miyamoto, will never see the light of day in Europe.
Issues with localisation, combined with an untested game mechanic, and the fact that the next in the series is well underway, has extinguished this dull flicker of hope that burned within us.
This said, Nintendo insiders hint that Animal Crossing 2 will be well worth the wait. One told us, ďAnimal Crossing 2 will become the new way of communicating for the console generation. It will see a happiness-themed community of friends the likes of which have never been imagined.Ē
As Nintendo sets out its online store for Europe, complete with fresh appointments, some serious hand-forcing of our continentís notoriously slack ISPs, one thing is for certain. Animal Crossing 2 is the GameCubeís online trump card.
So it all turned out nice in the end, then. Itís just a shame that we wonít get to practice on our own.