Retro games will not be returning to Animal Crossing

One of my favourite features of the original GameCube version of Animal Crossing was that players could find and trade playable NES games – and even download them to their Game Boy Advance. This feature was scrapped for the Nintendo DS version Animal Crossing: Wild World, and did not return for the Wii game Animal Crossing: Let’s Go to the City or the recent 3DS game Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

That trend looks to continue, according to a Kotaku interview with series producer Katsuya Eguchi. Eguchi cites Virtual Console as the reason for the change, stating “We thought that playing games inside of a game is kind of funny, and we wanted to do it. But now there’s a Virtual Console where you can play classic games, so we don’t think we will be doing that in future titles.”

That’s pretty much the reason anyone would have expected, but it’s nice to have confirmation (and closure).