Release: December 5, 2005
Platform: Nintendo DS
Rating: 4 – 4.5 in 2005… In 2018, 2 out of 5.
When Wild World was originally released in 2005, it was considered a big deal to not only have a full-fledged portable Animal Crossing, but an online one at that. However, the original DS wifi servers are long gone and the far superior 3DS portable Animal Crossing was released years later (New Leaf) which makes the DS release virtually obsolete in this day and age.
Seriously. Any good memories you have of Wild World should be kept in your memory bank at this point, as it’s definitely not worth revisiting. In comparison to the upgrades that New Leaf has made, there’s no reason to play this at all. The world feels barren and lifeless in comparison, the graphics are extremely janky with a low frame rate to boot, and there’s really not a whole lot to do.
I put hundreds of hours of fun into Wild World throughout the years. The novelty of having a portable, online Animal Crossing and being able to visit other towns and hosting your own visitors was quite a nice experience during the mid-2000’s. Now, though, this release has been rendered outdated and is completely outclassed by New Leaf, which I’ve been playing on a regular basis for the last five years. It just makes me wonder, though… Will the inevitable Switch Animal Crossing eventually make New Leaf look and feel unplayable in comparison?