All Cut Characters Throughout Animal Crossing History and Predictions for New Horizons

All Cut Characters Throughout Animal Crossing History and Predictions for New Horizons


There have been a surprising amount of villagers
throughout the Animal Crossing series. At least, much more than I originally thought
when I started playing and probably more than the average player thinks there are. Go on, I’ll give you a moment to guess. How many villagers have there been throughout
the entire series? A) 100, B) 200, C) 300, or D) 472? That’s right, it’s B, 200. Just kidding, of course it’s D! At least, that’s true as of February 2020. And that’s just villagers.That doesn’t
include special NPC characters like Isabelle and Tom Nook. That’s nearly 4 generations worth of Pokemon. Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe most Animal Crossing fans know exactly
the extent of how many villagers there are. My first game in the series was New Leaf. I didn’t think about it much when I started
playing, but if someone had asked me, I’d probably guess there’s about 100-200 villagers
max. I think the reason for this is that the typical
player doesn’t really cycle through that many villagers when playing. It takes quite a bit of time for villagers
to come and go and most people try to keep ones they like, therefore the average amount
of villagers you actually interact with in the game is quite low. However, if you have a more ambitious goal
such as collecting all the villager pictures or you’re a fan of Nookipedia lists, then
you’ll understand perfectly how many villagers there actually are. I’m Johnny of Club Knox, and this is my co-host, Gianni. Hello! Let’s take a look at cut characters throughout
Animal Crossing history and predict what that means for New Horizons. The first Animal Crossing game has a somewhat
confusing timeline. Originally released as Animal Forest in Japan
late into the Nintendo 64’s lifespan, it was ported over to the GameCube with features
that had to be left out of the N64 version. It was then localized to Western audiences
as Animal Crossing with some additional content. Nintendo of Japan was so impressed with the
updates that they re-translated the game back into Japanese and enhanced it even further
with additional content. This Japan-only enhanced re-release of Animal
Crossing was called Animal Forest e+. Phew. For simplification, let’s just refer to
these four games as the first generation. I give that a stamp of approval! The first generation of games introduced 320
unique villagers, many of which were only accessible through e-reader cards, which appear
to be the inspiration for our modern amiibo cards Wild World for the Nintendo DS came next,
with a hundred and fifty total villagers, the fewest in the series to date. Although it added 18 additional villagers
and the Monkey species, 188 villagers were cut from the first generation. Wow, talk about cutting the Pokédex in half,
those are some serious exclusions! In addition, the special character Farley
did not make it to Wild World. Farley is a character that lived in the fountain
and would give the player a golden axe upon reaching perfect town status. He also has one of the most unique voices
in the entire franchise. City Folk for Wii carried over all 150 villagers
from Wild World and returned 42 cut villagers from the first generation games. In addition to this, City Folk added 18 brand
new villagers bringing the total to 210. However, some major special characters had
been cut. Well, kind of. I wouldn’t use the word “major”. Cornimer, an acorn-mask wearing character
resembling Tortimer, appears only in the Acorn Festival in Wild World. He trades players mushroom furniture items
for acorns. Although many obvious hints imply that Cornimer
is just Tortimer, he never makes a similar appearance after Wild World. Tortimer himself returns, so he can’t really
be counted as a cut character. Well, what about the other critical character
in Wild World? I’m not sure I’d use the word “critical”. There was an unofficially-named character
called Phone Clerk who interacts with the player only through text who was also cut. The role of this character is to help the
player with options such as changing the time. So again, it’s not a “character” in
the traditional sense. Okay, you’re right. But I still can’t help but feel bad they
didn’t return, especially Cornimer. New Leaf came next and it was definitely the
odd one out by adding a massive 100 new villagers, as well as the hamster and deer species. Additionally, 24 returned from the first generation
resulting in a total of 333 villagers. Only one villager was cut from City Folk to
New Leaf, Champ the Monkey! What? Why did they cut only him? The official reason? He was censored out due to his highly offensive
t-shirt design! Just kidding, the real reason is that Nintendo
just really, really hates Champ. Haha, still kidding. There was never a confirmed reason given,
but there’s some speculation that he was cut for being too similar to Porter, the train
conductor, due to his nearly identical appearance and train catchphrase. Though Champ was the only villager cut, there
were a number of special characters that didn’t make it to New Leaf as well. Yeah, and some of them had slightly more important
roles than your previous examples. Kaitlin, Katie’s mother, was removed since
Katie is now old enough to travel on her own. Aww, I love wholesome character development. Serena was a character similar to Farley from
the first generation. Her role was to give the player the silver
and gold axes. In New Leaf, the silver axe could be bought
on Tortimer Island with Island Medals, and the gold axe was received from Leif after
the player purchased 50 saplings. Therefore, her job was no longer required. Frillard, Dr. Shrunk’s mentor, was also
cut from New Leaf, though Shrunk does reference him He had only a minor role, replacing Dr. Shrunk
on rare occasions and teaching the player six unique emotions they couldn’t otherwise learn. Similar to the Phone Clerk from Wild World,
there were two small, text-only characters that did not make it to New Leaf, the Emcee
who would host Dr. Shrunk’s or Frillard’s comedy show, and the clerk who sells tickets
to the show. Did you know because of their similar roles
and identical voices, it’s theorized that the Emcee and Clerk are the same character? That does make sense now that you mention it. So in total, 209 villagers from City Folk
migrated to New Leaf. But wait, there’s more! Take it away, Gianni! With the Welcome Amiibo update in 2016, 66
villagers were added: 16 new crossover villagers and 50 returning from the first generation. That brings the total to 399. Among the 16 new villagers, six were crossovers
from Sanrio, four from Zelda, three from Splatoon, one from Monster Hunter, and two, Filly and
Holden, were distributed as Japan-exclusive visitors and not actually available to live
in your town, meaning they weren’t villagers in the traditional sense. Now, take a look at this post by the official
Animal Crossing Twitter page. 383 villagers are confirmed to be invited
to New Horizons. But wait, there were 399 available in New
Leaf, so who got the axe this time? Unfortunately, the math implies that the 16
crossover characters won’t be returning. But couldn’t they add them in later? Yes, while there’s no confirmation of them
being included yet, with the power of future DLC or Nintendo simply wanting to keep some
details secret before launch, those crossover characters may very well return. However, due to the Sanrio amiibo cards being
confirmed to have limited functionality in New Horizons, it’s unlikely they will return
as proper villager characters again. As for the other crossover characters, there’s
no evidence either way. What do you mean by “limited functionality”? Well, in New Leaf after scanning the amiibo
card, you could have the Sanrio villagers live in your town. However, it’s been confirmed that won’t
be possible in New Horizons, at least on launch. Scanning the amiibo card will give you a decorative
poster of that character instead. I would very much like to see their return
in a future update because it would heavily imply we would see the return of the Sanrio
amiibo cards for sale, which currently go for around 150 US dollars for the full Japanese set and $200 for the English. That’s an average of $33 per card. You’d think that paper was made of pure
gold for that price! But no, it’s just really expensive cardboard. No, not that cardboard! All series of the amiibo cards have been discontinued
for some time now. Series 1-4 had a hundred cards per set, which
included both special characters as well as the 333 villagers before the Welcome Amiibo expansion. Series 5, the Welcome Amiibo set, included 50 cards of returning villagers from the first generation While Series 1-4 can still be found online
for reasonable prices, series 5 was released in extremely limited quantities. Many of the individual cards go for around
$20 each or more, and the unopened packs for upwards of $75 or more. Luckily, there’s good news. With the confirmation of amiibo compatibility
returning to New Horizons, some shops such as the Japanese My Nintendo store have started
selling amiibo cards again, meaning we should see a restock for the cards internationally. It makes too much sense as Nintendo would
lose out on tons of revenue by not releasing the cards with all the hype surrounding NewHorizons. Especially considering many players will be
coming into the series for the first time and won’t have the ability to buy amiibo
cards outside of third party vendors. Then again, let’s be honest, Nintendo doesn’t
always follow predictable marketing strategies. Get lost, Labo! We’ve already seen the restocking of the
Super Smash amiibo figures after Ultimate was released, so it’s not a huge stretch
that they would restock cards for New Horizons. While the Japanese shop has started selling
the rare Series 5 set, it’s unfortunate that there’s no indication they’ll be
selling the Sanrio set. Why do you think this is? This is likely due to complications with licensing. Whether or not Nintendo will renew their agreement
with Sanrio is still unknown and there’s currently no evidence to suggest they will. Still, that leaves us with a very likely restock
of series 1-4 and most importantly, the elusive Series 5. I also personally predict the release of a
Series 6 card set which would include the new special and villager characters released
in New Horizons. That makes sense! Some that come to mind for Series 6 could
be the Dodos Orville and Wilbur, C.J., Flick, Daisy Mae, and past characters who did not receive any amiibo cards such as Wisp, Lloyd, and Harvey. Of course brand new villagers such as Reneigh
found on the Japanese New Horizons site, and those that may be brought back from the first
generation could be included in the set as well That’s exactly right! I’m predicting that New Horizons will only
introduce a small amount of brand new villagers while bringing back a chunk of those cut after the first generation, only because 383 is already quite a lot of characters to develop. If I’ve done my math correctly, there are
currently 72 villagers cut from the first generation who have not yet returned in a
future title. Including Champ who didn’t make it to New
Leaf and the 16 crossover characters, that’s 89 total cut villagers, which is definitely
a feasible amount to bring back while still having room for brand new characters as well. While I’m in no hurry for the text-only
characters to return, it would be nice to see those with actual models come back; including
Farley, Kaitlin, Serena, and Frillard. Aren’t you discriminating against text-only
characters? Oops. Well, I wouldn’t mind seeing their return
if they serve an appropriate purpose. I’m sure there’s someone out there who
is really anticipating their return! But I’d like to see more fleshed-out characters
prioritized first. Disembodied voices will have to come second
in my book, sorry! Still, I’d like to see the devs pull a Smash
Ultimate “Everyone is here!” moment, focusing more on bringing back older characters and
less on creating new ones. I’m not so sure, I love seeing the designs
and species of brand new characters. I kind of feel enough old characters have
made a return. That’s a good point. I know a lot of people love getting new characters,
and I certainly do too, but I still actually prefer the method of prioritizing older characters
over newer ones, for the simple reason that every character is someone’s favorite. Not to mention first generation characters
were cut so long ago that they would essentially feel like new characters if they were brought
back today. Some designs are similar to animals we already
have, like Cupcake and Cheri, but we’re missing out on some awesome designs like Woolio
and Pigleg. I’d rather see individual character development over time than characters being replaced or forgotten between games. I think that might be an unpopular opinion,
there’s always so much hype surrounding new character reveals, but what can I say? I just don’t want any character I’ve grown
attached to, to disappear from the series in the future. That’s true, but we can’t have new species
without introducing new characters. That’s a good point as well. I guess there’s no right or wrong answer,
and the devs won’t be able to please everyone. We’ll just have to trust they do what they
think is best for the franchise. I’m sure most people don’t pay much attention to Knox, and they’re objectively wrong for doing so but, being my personal favorite,
I would be devastated if I found out he was cut from the next installment. While fans of popular characters like Stitches,
Flurry, and Bob can rest easy, I was up nights wondering if my boy Knox was gonna make a
return. For the time being, it seems characters with
an amiibo card will be safe for future games. Don’t worry! Knox should be okay for a while! Well, there is some discussion going on about
Harriet being replaced by the mirror. We’ve seen characters be removed or replaced
in the past, so it’s not impossible that Harriet, and by extension, Shampoodle, have
been completely removed. True, however, I highly doubt that is the
case here. The characters removed in the past were very
minor, they were essentially replaced because they had a similar job to another character. Perhaps they thought from a development standpoint
that it was unnecessary to have both Shrunk and Frillard who serve essentially the same
purpose, and wanted to put their time towards developing other aspects of the game. As for Farley being replaced by Serena, perhaps
they felt he didn’t fit the game design-wise and wanted to replace him with a more animal-like
character. True, and maybe Kaitlin’s exclusion was
just to show the overarching character development of the franchise, as we’ve seen through
the Able Sister’s changing relationship. Still, I can’t help but hope the pattern
of keeping older characters continues as the franchise progresses instead of replacing
or removing them entirely. And for Knox’s sake, someone get Champ out
of the ether! Until next time, we’ll leave you with this: “He who stubs his toe is he who remembers his feet are there.” See you! Knox says: You’re awesome and you can do anything you set your mind to! Start right now!