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  • Summary: The Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival game is a new way to play with your favorite Animal Crossing characters. Your amiibo figures are front-and-center in this party game, and you’ll get to utilize them with fun content. Bring to life an expansive and dynamic board game where the board isThe Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival game is a new way to play with your favorite Animal Crossing characters. Your amiibo figures are front-and-center in this party game, and you’ll get to utilize them with fun content. Bring to life an expansive and dynamic board game where the board is based on the months of the year like the core Animal Crossing series. The goal? Make your villager the happiest in town and party hard with your friends. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 20
  2. Negative: 8 out of 20
  1. Jan 27, 2016
    80
    It's a nice way to put your amiibos to use. It's a party game, so don't expect deep or too complex gameplay mechanics, but cards and action figures are implemented in an original and interesting way.
  2. Dec 27, 2015
    62
    Animal Crossing Amiibo Festival is Mario Party but lacking true content!
  3. Jan 1, 2016
    58
    It's digital board gaming at its most basic, with a surprisingly sincere effort from a developer that seems burnt out on the genre.
  4. Nov 27, 2015
    50
    For the money you ultimately get two figurines, three cards and a game package with snippets of fun and charm - it's ultimately up to you whether that's worthy of your cash.
  5. Nov 23, 2015
    45
    Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival retains the charm that the series is known for, but is uneventful and boring. Move out of this town.
  6. Nov 24, 2015
    40
    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.
  7. Nov 25, 2015
    20
    A new low for Nintendo and for Animal Crossing, in what is the least amount of fun you can have with an amiibo without needing urgent medical attention afterwards.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 71
  2. Negative: 41 out of 71
  1. Nov 16, 2015
    10
    Fantastic deeper than I thought game that captures the charm and magic of Animal Crossing while presenting hours and hours of fun. TakingFantastic deeper than I thought game that captures the charm and magic of Animal Crossing while presenting hours and hours of fun. Taking away around $30 for the amiibo, the game drops to $30, which is well it!
    Also, please mark the ZERO review of uncoveringlight for "intention to annoy" As giving any game a zero review proves they never played it and intentionally trying to drop the score.
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  2. Nov 14, 2015
    9
    This is a nice, relatively stress-free party board game. There aren't any minigames like in Mario Party, but it instead focuses on the dailyThis is a nice, relatively stress-free party board game. There aren't any minigames like in Mario Party, but it instead focuses on the daily activites of the characters. The game takes 30/31 turns (1 month), and the goal is to accumulate the most happy points by the end. Each turn takes you into the life of your character, and you gain/lose happy points or bells based on what happens. Besides the day to day, the game also has holidays, catching tournaments, special character events, and most importantly turnip sales. You can buy turnips on sunday for a set price, and you can sell them at any point during the week. The price can fluctuate, so a lot of the drive of the game is seing how much of a return you can get on them. The gameplay is decently simple, and there are a lot more ways to help your fellow players than to hurt them. This is a perfect game for any Animal Crossing fan, as it shows off the lives of many favorite characters and has a very cute and feel-good vibe, even if you are losing. However, if you aren't into Animal Crossing, you probably won't get much out of the game. Expand
  3. Nov 16, 2015
    8
    It's a fine game, but it's relatively easy. If your looking for a party game on the Wii U, this is probably the one to buy over Mario PartyIt's a fine game, but it's relatively easy. If your looking for a party game on the Wii U, this is probably the one to buy over Mario Party 10. Although the game is not expensive, you will need more amiibo to be able to play 4 player, which will make you fork over a few extra bucks. Each game can take anywhere from 15-45 minutes depending on how many players you have. If you have a Wii U and are an Animal Crossing game, you'll enjoy it, but don't buy it thinking this is a fully fledged game like New Leaf, It's more like happy home designer. Expand
  4. Apr 21, 2020
    4
    This Mario Party style virtual board game is likely to garner mixed reactions at best from your friendly gatherings. The rules are simpleThis Mario Party style virtual board game is likely to garner mixed reactions at best from your friendly gatherings. The rules are simple enough. You and up to three friends compete to collect the most happy points and bells by landing on event spaces that will either increase or decrease your totals of both. It's not a very exciting process as all you're really doing is rolling the dice and reading a little mini-story about something your character did, rather than actually getting to do anything yourself. Occasionally, a familiar face from the series will show up and add new scenarios that only last for a single turn, but this ultimately doesn't do much to liven up the gameplay as they just amount to more text to scroll through.

    To make matters worse, physically playing it is an awkward experience. For whatever reason the entire thing uses only one controller. Which means you either pass the GamePad around every turn or let a single person hold onto it and roll for everybody, effectively limiting the amount of interactivity the rest will have with the game even further. Then there are the Amiibo themselves, which ARE essential as you can't even make it past the start screen without one. Instead of being able to push a button you're forced to scan the figurines each round in order to move and it's incredibly clunky.

    It's also worth noting that if you don't have enough of the toys to go around, there are generic in-game avatars that can be used. However, the player(s) stuck with one are at a severe disadvantage as those who get an Amiibo are awarded a bonus happy point each time the dice is rolled. So if you want to keep your sessions fair you'll have to invest in a full set of four.

    There are mini-games, but they're weirdly detatched from the main mode. They also require you to have Animal Crossing Amiibo cards (a separate thing from the figures), which add new characters to the world and play an integral role in controlling these side-diversions. Essentially making them even more mechanically frustrating than the core offering is. It's their cheap, disposable nature that's the real issue though. I simply have no interest in touching them again after trying them out once.

    Amiibo Festival is a dull, poorly designed cashgrab built around selling you outside accessories. I did enjoy things like the "stalk market" that sees you buying and reselling turnips against rapidly fluctuating prices before they expire, as it's the only part of the game that allows for any sort of strategy. I could even see myself returning for the grind of unlocking new features, such as the option to build new paths on the board. Still, I would be very leery of breaking this out at any sort of get together where I wasn't 100% positive everyone there enjoyed it, lest I run the risk of boring them. Which is about as bad as it can get for a party game.

    4.5/10
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  5. Nov 17, 2015
    2
    Animal Crossing Amiibo Festival fails at being an interesting party game and at being an Animal Crossing game. While the game maintains someAnimal Crossing Amiibo Festival fails at being an interesting party game and at being an Animal Crossing game. While the game maintains some of the wit and charm of the mainline games, it is drowned out by the mundane and RNG reliant gameplay. As a die hard Animal Crossing fan I cannot recommend this game to either fans of the series or people wanting to try out the series for their own. This game is not worth the $60 price point either, while you may argue "Oh it comes with two amiibos!" you cannot advance past the start screen without an Animal Crossing Amiibo, locking you out of the game unless you own one. It feels as if Nintendo dragged a very prominent series through the mud just for the sake of selling Amiibos. Expand
  6. Mar 24, 2020
    2
    I saw this game still sealed at game stop for $3 (It was 2.69 with my membership). So I bought it and two other animal crossing amiibo for aI saw this game still sealed at game stop for $3 (It was 2.69 with my membership). So I bought it and two other animal crossing amiibo for a total of $22.69. I got home and tried play a round and I almost fell asleep because of how boring it was. The game has nothing interesting in it. it is like those old board games where the point is to get to the end, but much more boring. It has no mini games unless you want to spend even more money to buy 3 packs of amiibo cards. Even then the mini games are a snooze fest. And for some reason whenever it is your turn you have to re-scan the amiibo. Also it is very clunky to have to pass the Wii u game pad for everyone's turn. Why can't you just scan the amiibo, once at the beginning using the game pad and everyone uses Wii motes. Why couldn't Nintendo just give us a normal Animal Crossing game on the Wii u instead of this stupid cash grab for amiibos. Expand
  7. Oct 30, 2018
    0
    The game is beautiful and captures the essence of Animal Crossing but that's it. It isn't fun to play at all. It is an expensive boring boardThe game is beautiful and captures the essence of Animal Crossing but that's it. It isn't fun to play at all. It is an expensive boring board game to sell amiibos. Expand

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