Soapbox: I Somehow Bought Over $800 Of Animal Crossing Crap In One Year – Nintendo Life

Animal Crossing StickersAnimal Crossing Stickers © Alan Lopez Soapbox features enable our specific authors to voice their own viewpoints on hot subjects, viewpoints that may not always be the voice of the site. Today, Alan gets his accounting professional visor and toddlers up just how much cash he wasted wisely purchased the Bank of Nook over the previous year.

On the corner of my desk, there’s a little, plastic ornament always sitting near my stack of company cards, next to an overstuffed basin of disposed of pens: it’s a teeny-tiny house, perhaps two inches tall, with teeny-tiny windows and a teeny-tiny door. When you pry that little door open, a red otter named “Pascal” moves out. I pull him out whenever I’m sad. I like it, it’s cute.

Pascal and the home he resides in come from the town-building phenomenon, Animal Crossing. Possibly you’ve become aware of it. Imported all the way from Japan, his little plastic house has actually been resting on my desk for nearly a decade now. It was the only Animal Crossing thing I owned for several years.

That was my charming life, before March 20th 2020, the day I purchased Animal Crossing: New Horizons for my Nintendo Switch for $59.99.

You know what happened next: the world caught a global pandemic; all of us huddled indoors; we clung to our make-believe animal good friends for comfort. It’s somewhat painful to realize it’s been an entire year considering that my fixation with Animal Crossing started.

And no, I do not mean I became consumed with the game itself. Honestly, I mostly delight in viewing others play it. I don’t fuss much with the little details of the gameplay anymore. My villager’s hair would often lay a mess on its head, an indication of infrequent log-ins. Rather, the silver lining to my lost year was the chance to let out some pent up fandom for something I didn’t even know I cared so much about.

My Year of Animal Crossing

Animal Crossing Amiibo Cards © Nintendo Life All of it started with the trading cards. Why does it always begin with trading cards? A small modification: I did in fact purchase another Animal Crossing thing, apart from that little plastic chachki. Till recently, practically the only modern merchandise for the series Nintendo ever released state-side were four series of amiibo cards, each card including a different animal from the game’s history. The timing of their release(2015) was definitely off. In spite of having tiny chips inside

that let you scan them into games, they sure as heck didn’t do much back then. Piles of these things were actually spilling out on aisles not long after their release. My local shops might hardly offer them away, slashing their costs down to pennies on the dollar. Yeah, sure, I indulged. I ultimately purchased adequate discounted packs that I almost completed the whole dang collection prior to even I offered up on them. When Nintendo revealed 5 entire years later that these random cards were literally the only ways for inviting the animals

into your video game, these discarded notepads quickly ended up being eBay gold; so much so that people who had run out my life for years were cold messaging me asking to obtain random animals. For all my pointless hobbying, I had actually become a god amongst mortals … other than for the fact that I was missing possibly fifteen or twenty cards still. © Alan Lopez I’m not exactly happy with this, but I invested the very first few weeks of my quarantine trading replicate cards in the mail, over Reddit. Ultimately, even trading ended up being too expensive. (“You desire HOW lots of cards for Pietro ?!” was a genuine thing I told somebody.) After looking into reliable sellers online, I purchased:

  • POMPOM # 373$2.95
  • ANCHOVY # 219$1.55
  • PIETRO # 356$35

But then, another wrinkle: I purchased official card binders for the first three series super low-cost, back on release, yet I never found the Series 4 binder. No problem, I discovered it on eBay for a not-exactly-cheap $51, after shipping. I was so near to ending up the set, so why not?

This whole trip eventually left me requiring only four cards, sadly some of the most popular animals which I wasn’t lucky enough to arbitrarily get in packs years back. For the benefit of snagging Rosie, Lucky, Wendell, and Ribbot, I haggled down an online seller to a simple $86.10. My Animal Crossing collection, lastly, was complete …

Nook, Inc.

. Except no, it wasn’t, actually. Since then came an official Animal Crossing “companion book”, an encyclopaedia of in-game minutiae that today is re-selling for outrageous prices well north of $100, however which I had the ability to pre-order on release. I only paid $24.40, an outright steal! (I also put a pack of Animal Crossing stickers in my cart, however that was just $5).

© Alan Lopez See? Bells well spent.As Animal Crossing grew in ubiquity during quarantine living, that’s when second-hand art ended up being huge online. My good friend made an art print she sold for charity, so I paid $20 for it. A long time later on in the year, a whole series of extremely adorable pins appeared on my Twitter feed, and in all the buzz of a low-stock alert, I decided to buy each and every single one still readily available. That totalled $110.50. (Hey, it’s essential to support small companies throughout a pandemic!)

I wasn’t quick enough to get them all, however. Don’t worry, I chose up the ones I was missing out on a couple of months later on during a restock for $43.

And then came the motherload of all Animal Crossing memorabilia, a minimum of price-wise: designer clothes. After a probably successful run of other Nintendo franchise-based clothes, the stylish Australian outlet BlackMilk hopped on the Animal Crossing bandwagon with a spectacular line of outfits.

It had been my long-lasting dream– or so I chose right when my phone completed filling the newsletter I had previously signed up for– to see my partner in a Timmy and Tommy gown. 2 of them, in fact. She likewise would look fantastic in a neon blue t-shirt with an incorporate the front, I gambled.

Undoubtedly, I knew what I was entering into when I paid $197 for all that stuff. And the other Animal Crossing attire I purchased a day later for $114.32!.

?.!? That was a present. It’s Your Itemized Bill! Yes, Yes.

Animal Crossing Bill © Nintendo Life You may read all this and think that I’m just some rich person. I mean, I work. However no, I’m not. I’m typically pretty terrific with money, in fact. Except maybe for that time a month or 2 ago when Nintendo lastly re-released the Animal Crossing trading cards– the ones that got me into this mess in the very first place– and made them offered online for (and remedy me if I’m incorrect, fanatical individuals in the comments) only a few hours, tops. I purchased 9 packs for $45.75 simply to have them, unopened.

I sure did play a great deal of Animal Crossing, but most of all, I played myself.

This is a cautionary tale of what happens when one of your favorite things strikes a cultural vein– in this case, versus all odds, a digital meditation on not life, but on living, revealed through anthropomorphic animals. By the time I got some freaking Animal Crossing makeup for $24, I had gotten here at the one year anniversary of New Horizons with a $820.56 tab. That’s money revealed in genuine currency, not bells.

The excellent word of Animal Crossing even surpasses all the crap above; since the New Horizons fad, where there was when barely anything, there is now whatever: plushies, office materials, stickers, calendars, t-shirts, patches, you name it. I literally got an e-mail trying to offer me Animal Crossing socks while composing this piece. To indulge at the level the online marketers plead can only be described as living an all out “Animal Crossing lifestyle”, enveloping you in a lifestyle about playing way of lives– the ultimate ouroboros of fandoms– all breaking out in a single calendar year. (Thank god I didn’t spring for the Animal Crossing-themed Switch for $299.99. Can you think of?)

And yet still, of all the Animal Crossing things I own, my favorite thing stays my little Pascal, resting on the corner of my desk. I still open up his door and let him out from time to time. In reality, I pulled him out while I was totalling up the cost of every single video game thing I bought over the in 2015– simply the Animal Crossing stuff though. I certainly won’t admit to you just how much I invested on other computer game things.

I’m not insane.

Animal Crossing Pascal House

© Alan Lopez

Since then came a main Animal Crossing “companion book”, an encyclopaedia of in-game minutiae that today is re-selling for outrageous costs well north of $100, however which I was able to pre-order on release. Other than perhaps for that time a month or two ago when Nintendo lastly re-released the Animal Crossing trading cards– the ones that got me into this mess in the very first place– and made them available online for (and correct me if I’m incorrect, fanatical people in the comments) just a few hours, tops. To indulge at the level the marketers plead can just be described as living an all out “Animal Crossing lifestyle”, covering you in a lifestyle about playing way of lives– the ultimate ouroboros of fandoms– all busting out in a single calendar year. And yet still, of all the Animal Crossing stuff I own, my favorite thing remains my little Pascal, sitting on the corner of my desk. I pulled him out while I was amounting to up the cost of every single video game thing I purchased over the last year– simply the Animal Crossing stuff.

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