Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival Reviews (Wii U)
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CGMagazine / Comics and Gaming Magazine (Nov 27, 2015)
I honestly don’t see where all the hate for this game is coming from; Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival is an enjoyable board game that blends in the elements of Animal Crossing perfectly. While it’s a bit slower and not as cutthroat as other board games, I had fun playing it, both alone and with friends and actively want to go back for more.
Pure Nintendo (Nov 18, 2015)
For older gamers, solo gamers, and those more interested in challenge than toys, the $59.99 price will almost certainly give pause. However families with younger gamers will definitely find much to enjoy here, as should amiibo fans, and owners of Happy Home Designer. Though not without its share of concerns, Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival is an undeniably cute game, whose charm has piqued my interest for the future of the series.
DualShockers (Nov 30, 2015)
Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival is a fun and entertaining party game featuring cute little animal people (or people-people) you can play with your family. And it doesn’t hurt that the title itself is free to download, although you need at least one amiibo to play the game. If you have needs that lie outside of those above listed properties you may be better off searching for another title altogether.
Impulse Gamer (Dec 17, 2015)
Animal Crossing Amiibo Festival is an interesting game on the Nintendo Wii U which replicates this gaming franchise into a board game with a handful of mini-games. It is well presented on the Wii U with some great colours, special effects and lighting that does make the presentation relatively slick on this console. However it’s also one of those games that you need to play with another person because this is definitely not a solo adventure. Furthermore, the main board game can become quite repetitive and dare I say a little boring because of the lack of interactivity with the player or players.
Gaming Age (Dec 31, 2015)
There’s absolutely no cause for this to be a title using amiibo or any other accessory, but presumably we’re all hoping for the same thing — being that Nintendo has a life planned for the Animal Crossing amiibo beyond an obvious board game spinoff. All I’d really like to see are resources redirected toward the main series, rather than force-feeding us side projects to accomplish franchise status. Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival worked for me, but I suspect on accident, as the misappropriation of amiibo are an unmistakably financial obsession spoiling Nintendo’s original zen garden. Here’s hoping they weed out those issues before cultivating their next design.
Reno Gazette Journal (Nov 23, 2015)
Animal Crossing Amiibo Festival is a spinoff title that features plenty of the charm and cuteness the franchise is known for but lacks the depth of other games in the series. Although the production values are great, the gameplay for the main mode is a bit on the shallow side and the amiibo figure and card integration also can be a bit cumbersome. It's ideal for young kids and family-friendly gaming but likely won't hold the interest of older gamers for extended play. The included amiibo figures, on the other hand, are freaking awesome. I'd actually get this for those two amiibos alone.
Destructoid (Dec 03, 2015)
As fun as that mini-game is, Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival is probably not a game you should buy. Had the board game been an extra feature or weekly activity in the next mainline Animal Crossing game (hint, hint Nintendo), it would easily serve as yet another feature that enhances an already rewarding experience. As its own thing, it falls short. Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival isn't a bad game, save for most of the mini-games, it's just not interesting enough to warrant the long term investment needed to see everything it has to offer.
Nintendo Life (Nov 25, 2015)
Amiibo have only been around for a year, but there are already several examples of how the toys can add value to a game (or vice versa). Unfortunately, Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival does not seem to have learned from them, and brings questionable to downright annoying integration. Were all of amiibo Festival as clever and engrossing as the Desert Island Escape minigame then this package would be the real deal. However, that simply isn't the case. The central board game is slow and plodding, and is tough to recommend to anyone that isn't already a die-hard Animal Crossing fan willing to put up with it. That leaves the minigames, of which seven out of eight aren't compelling enough to continue playing for more than a week.
IGN (Nov 18, 2015)
Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival is undoubtedly charming, using the world and little details of Animal Crossing to their fullest. However, there’s not enough to it to keep me coming back. The amiibo integration is cumbersome and hard to play with, and interesting ideas like the use of the stalk market are limited by a slow pace. It’s delightful enough to make me smile, but it’s still a bit boring.
TheHDRoom (HDR) (Jan 06, 2016)
Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival, much like the earlier released Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, is Nintendo’s way of trying to capitalize on one of their franchises without really creating a new game for that franchise. Sure, it looks like Animal Crossing, and sounds like Animal Crossing, but it lacks the heart and soul of the core games, and seeing some of the beloved AC characters in glorious HD on the Wii U just makes me long for a full-on core experience, and not a quickly-put-together shell of a game. The Wii U’s time may be ending soon, and that means a true Animal Crossing game never made it to Nintendo’s fun little system. And perhaps that is the greatest crime of them all.
TechTudo (Mar 08, 2016)
Animal Crossing Amiibo Festival é o pior título da franquia. Apesar dos bonecos lindos que acompanham o jogo e de sua apresentação carismática, ter apenas um único tabuleiro burocrático e desinteressante aliena qualquer fã da série. Os poucos minigames paralelos enjoam rápido demais e não agregam valor ao pacote. Prefira uma partida de Jogo da Vida, War ou Banco Imobiliário e passe longe desse tabuleiro!
Kidzworld (Dec 09, 2015)
Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival isn't a bad game. It's just a mediocre one. There's a couple good ideas at play, but they aren't realized to their full potential. Long time fans of Animal Crossing will certainly find enjoyment in the familiarity of it and the mini games will appeal to those under 10. But those seeking any form of real excitement and competition from their board game may want to look elsewhere.
Game Revolution (Nov 24, 2015)
Embarrassing blatant cash grab aside, Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival is a serviceable game. It's not downright bad, but I can't see any rush for the title, unless little Johnny is getting pissed that he can't beat his older siblings at Mario Kart 8. Hardcore amiibo addicts and Animal Crossing die-hards may even pass up on this, but if you've got a wide range of gamers who want a family-style night, then you may get some enjoyment out of it.
Common Sense Media (2015)
Some of the eight mini-games are fun, but most are straightforward and unexciting. Plus, unlike other Nintendo board/party games such as Mario Party, you can't play mini-games while playing the main board game -- you'll have to wait your turn before you get a chance to influence the game. The result is a game that falls short of the elements that made Animal Crossing such an enjoyable experience.
VentureBeat / Gamesbeat (Nov 17, 2015)
All along, the developers said Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival existed just to justify cute AC Amiibo, and it really shows. It’s almost like Nintendo wouldn’t let the development team release Amiibo without some game attached to them, so they threw together something quickly to justify the figures’ release. It’s easily one of the worst Nintendo titles I’ve played and as a “game” is devoid of merit and doesn’t otherwise justify its existence
Attack of the Fanboy (Mar 08, 2018)
Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival is the sort of game that should have been free. It holds such little content that is actually interesting that most players will find it a waste of their time to play, especially when the far superior Mario Party series already exists. It is a nice way to actually use those Animal Crossing Amiibo figures that you might feel the need to collect, but their function is so forced that it detracts from the experience rather than enhances it.
Nintendo Enthusiast (Nov 17, 2015)
Overall, Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival is an embarrassment of a game. I was already disappointed with Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, the other AC spin-off title that released this fall, but Amiibo Festival far overshoots its predecessor in terrible design and gameplay. The only reason to even look at this game on a store shelf would be for the amiibo inside. But then, I would implore you to import the amiibo rather than give Nintendo money for this egregiously-made title. Nintendo fans need to speak with their wallet, and I beg of them to make a statement that terrible cash-ins, such as Amiibo Festival, will not be tolerated.
Metro.co.uk (Nov 26, 2015)
Needless to say, paying £50 for a game that struggles to compete with Snakes and Ladders in terms of complexity and entertainment is not an investment we would advise. We can only hope the NX’s release is sooner rather than later because we don’t think we, or Nintendo’s reputation, can take much more of these terrible schedule fillers.
GameZone (Nov 18, 2015)
Charm and character can't save this game from repetitive, boring, boring, random, boring, game play. If you want to play a party game with amiibo, go check out Mario Party 10. That game may be flawed too, but at least it has a lot of solid minigames. Better yet, you can leave your amiibo in their boxes and download Mario Party 2 on the Virtual Console.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Nov 25, 2015)
Too gentle and sweet to warrant the online bile, this board game spin-off is nevertheless a very limited and repetitive stopgap.