Recently, I wrote about how excited I am for the super adorable Animal Crossing kuji (lottery) that’s coming out in Japan. Unfortunately, it can be rather difficult to get Ichiban Kuji and other lottery items outside of Japan, since they’re often only sold at convenience stores. Even if you can your hands on the individual items, if you haven’t been to Japan, you’ve probably never had the chance to purchase a ticket and see what prize item awaits you.
That’s where Aitai Kuji comes in! They offer a kuji ticket service that emulates the whole experience of buying kuji tickets for overseas customers. They were kind enough to reach out to me to try my hand at the Animal Crossing kuji preorder so I could show you how the system works!
The Animal Crossing Ichiban Kuji is coming out in Japan on March 17th, and the prizes are drop-dead adorable! It’s a great excuse to bring back my Japan Envy series! Let’s take a closer look at the prizes you can win, and at the end I’ll share ways for you to purchase these awesome items for yourself!
Did you tune in to the 15 minute Nintendo Direct dedicated entirely to the long-awaited Animal Crossing mobile game that aired yesterday? The game, titled Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, was finally unveiled, with a worldwide release slated for late November. However, it turns out that Australians get to play the game early! It’s already available to download on both the Google Play Store and iOS App Store in Australia, so I jumped on the opportunity to try out the game. (Pokémon Go was also released in Australia and Japan before other territories, so it seems like we’re a popular spot to test out apps before their worldwide release)
Check out the above video to see a little over 10 minutes of Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp in action! I share my current campsite, visiting villagers, all the different areas you can explore in the game, and more! My first impression from the Nintendo Direct was that the game seemed way more involved than I had previously assumed an Animal Crossing mobile game would be, and so far the game itself is living up to that.
As you may know, I’m a huge fan of Animal Crossing and even purchased the Japanese limited edition Animal Crossing: New Leaf 3DS XL back in 2012 so I could play the game before it came out in English! While Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is not a completely fleshed-out Animal Crossing game in that some of the customization is stripped away (you can’t make your own clothing or decor patterns at this point in time, for example), but it’s dripping with the same adorable charm.
What do you think of Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp so far? Does it look like it’s going to live up to a proper Animal Crossing release, or will it fall prey to microtransactions? Share your thoughts in the comments!
Happy first Sunday of October! For the first Spotlight of the month, I’d like to urge you all to check out Mia, an awesome cosplayer and blogger at XOMia.com.
I first learned of Mia’s site after stumbling into photos of her adorable Isabelle cosplay. I love how all of the Animal Crossing characters in the group photo above have been translated to humanoid versions, but Mia’s Isabelle takes the cake. She even has a makeup tutorial if you want to recreate the look yourself!
Like me, Mia specializes in all things cute and nerdy, but her particular area of focus tends to be cosplay and con recaps. I don’t go to a lot of cons myself, so I really love being able to live vicariously through her! If those things sound up your alley too, I definitely recommend her fun site.