Game Soundtracks We Love: Animal Crossing (GC)

Game Soundtracks We Love: Animal Crossing (GC)

Hello to everyone! Thank you for joining us, on our cuppa filled gaming journey.

Last week, we went on a deep sea diving adventure with Endless Ocean 2’s soundtrack and enjoyed vocals by Celtic Woman. If you missed it and want to check it out: Game Soundtracks We Love: Endless Ocean 2.

The soundtrack for this week was chosen back in August, but it seemed a better fit for the end of September; when we wave goodbye to Summer and welcome Autumn into our lives.

Game of Choice

This week’s game has an environment that changes with the seasons throughout the year, and has the player welcome new villagers, but also say goodbye to others: Animal Crossing (GC).

Animal Crossing had the player: move into a town, get a house, pay off loans, make friends with the animals in the village, do chores (pluck weeds, chop trees, go on errands for the villagers), collect furniture, fish, bugs, paintings and fossils, as well as buy and sell items to Tom Nook (the local shop keeper/owner of your house), make patterns for clothes and take part in activities that happen throughout the year (competitions, festivals, etc).

The games have changed in various ways since the Gamecube version, most notably: Animal Crossing: Wild World removing the acre layout and introducing online connectivity, while Animal Crossing: New Leaf had the player be the new mayor of the town; given more responsibilities and tasks to carry out, along with more control over the development of the village.

The next game of the series was announced this month; due to be released in 2019 on the Switch. 😀

The theme/title track (above) captures the laid back, quirky and cheerful feeling of the game brilliantly – as well as the simplicity of it all; you simply do what ever you feel like, in a weird and wonderful little village of animals – I can’t help but love it. 😀

Each hour of the game has it’s own track; the above one plays at 1pm. It’s certainly one of the more quirky sounding ones; with whistling and various cat meows throughout. It has a nice beat and sound to it; always enjoyed wandering around the village, doing some fishing or bug catching in the afternoon with the 1pm track playing.

To begin with, Tom Nook’s shop is a little shack called Nook’s Cranny, but the more the player buys from his store and the more days they play the game; the bigger Nook’s store becomes – with Nookingtons being a multi floor department store and the final upgrade. The track for Nookingtons, almost sounds like you are on a mission; a  jolly mission that involves searching for new stuff to buy! 😀 It works well in making the store feel rather grand and more adventurous than his previous (one floor) stores.

Final Thoughts

I was going to include songs by K.K Slider; but they’re best when listened to in game (with the dog K.K Slider performing them). Most of the games he sang while playing his guitar and you watched/listened, but in New Leaf he became a DJ and got us all dancing/raving to his tracks – I much preferred him in Animal Crossing (GC), sat on a box outside the train station, with just his guitar, him singing and whistling along, performing for who ever would listen.  😀

The soundtrack for Animal Crossing (GC) brings back so many memories for me; it was my first AC game, so the nostalgia factor is very high, especially since I played it (nearly) everyday for a year, collecting all the fish, bugs, paintings and fossils. I still enjoy the games a lot; but it’s the tracks from the first game that I’ll always love the most (especially the theme/title track). 😀

A few questions for you:

  • What did you think of the music in Animal Crossing (GC)?
  • Do you get nostalgia when listening to the tracks?
  • If you’ve played the games; do you prefer K.K Slider playing his guitar, or being a DJ?

Would love to read your thoughts 😀 – Thanks for reading!


  1. I love this soundtrack. I listen to it while completing stressful paperwork tasks at work because it’s so chill.

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