Game music of the day: Fuggin' Animal Crossing

Game: Animal Crossing

Song: 2AM Theme

Composer: Nagata, Tanaka and Minegishi

Above: 2AM Theme from Animal Crossing

Some know Animal Crossing as that stupid children's game for babies. Others identify it as a wholesome departure from the deluge of M-rated gorefests, a game centered around sharing, caring and exploration. Others still remember it mostly for Tom Nook and his smooth-talking, debt-inducing ways. Me? I think about the staggering soundtrack, which contains a new song for every hour of the day, every holiday and every special town event. So much good stuff buried in here, folks, and anyone who put the time in knows how soothing the tunes can be.

But not this song! The 2AM theme (which, thanks to the GameCube's internal clock, only plays during the true 2AM hour) pops out of the speakers like a fuzzy forest rave. At this point most of your town's denizens had fallen asleep, but that didn't mean you couldn't scour the area for buried treasure, go fishing or hunting for nocturnal critters, or even shoot the shit with other insomniac animals. Truly, 2AM was a great time to be alive.

5PM on the other hand is all about the hustle and bustle of people coming home after work. I was a student when this first launched in 2002, and I usually rushed home to pick fruit or water flowers or whatever indefensibly baby-ish thing I could think of, and it was almost always set to the 5PM theme. Burned in my brain forever, and I bet yours too.

Ah, 9PM - utter relaxation. After a hard day's toil there's nothing like kicking back on the beach and listening to the calming crash of the waves, and just audible underneath them is the 9PM theme. But don't get too cozy - that 2AM song is coming up real soon.

It's possible Wild World and City Folk had similarly good tunes, but I didn't spend nearly as much time with 'em. What do you think, anything from those two worth a look?


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  • Thequestion 121 - September 7, 2010 4:17 a.m.

    I'd love me some Animal Crossing lol
  • zigs - August 2, 2010 9:56 a.m.

    One of the composers is Nagata? Never knew T-Nag composed game music.
  • The_Zanger - July 21, 2010 6:53 a.m.

    No K.K. Slider? A part of me died the day my town was deleted on the original. The sequels just aren't the same.
  • DrPepperGetsAllTheDLC - July 21, 2010 5:07 a.m.

    I gotta say, reading about all the stuff you do at 2am really brings me back to my Animal Crossing days. Which I look forward to reliving on the 3DS.
  • shyfonzie - July 18, 2010 4:41 p.m.

    No one had the balls until now!!
  • darkmagshin - July 17, 2010 3:58 p.m.

    as far as i'm concerned, animal crossing is the only reason to own a nintendo console now, although i don't own one at the moment. honestly i would rather play city folk or wild world than the gamecube one because people actually play WW and CF online. oh, and the music is really a crucial element of the game.
  • markshell - July 16, 2010 5:43 p.m.

    If the DS version was actually a remake of the GC version it would be way awesomer. Taking it anywhere is the way to go.
  • YES - July 16, 2010 3:05 p.m.

    @nighthawk205: Yep, quality stuff from Nobuo Uematsu in Lost Odyssey. I love the entire soundtrack, especially the final boss music (Roar of the Departed I think?). A Sign of Hope is also one of my favorite tunes.
  • nighthawk205 - July 16, 2010 2:39 p.m.

    Animal Crossing. FINALLY. There's so much *varied* music in the series that I was waiting to see it here. The music alone from this game is why I continue to go back and play, even after I just don't care anymore, and it's also the reason one of my favorite levels in SSBB is the Animal Crossing level. @db1331: Absolutely. Had my ex play it back when I first got it on the GC and she loved it. She even bought a DS only for Animal Crossing. It's quite sad, actually. @YES: Seconded from me. I listen to the Lost Odyssey soundtrack nearly daily. A Sign of Hope is by far the most beautiful piece of video game music I've ever heard. Get on it Brett!
  • FunkSoulBrother - July 16, 2010 10:51 a.m.

    Great music I know al to well *blush*
  • philipshaw - July 16, 2010 10:39 a.m.

    Qualtiy stuff
  • Hobogonigal - July 16, 2010 10:15 a.m.

    I love Animal Crossing and the music is just one of the reasons. My favorite is the re-done theme song for Super Smash Bros Brawl.
  • JayBeat - July 16, 2010 9:50 a.m.

    It is good to listen to.
  • Robusken - July 16, 2010 6:36 a.m.

    Ah 2Am, one of my favorites. I do wish I could just go back in time and play the original animal crossing all over again, that experience only happens once and once only. I flustered through wild world only because it was the only ds game I had at the time.
  • flabslapper - July 16, 2010 5:17 a.m.

    holy crap, I actually nostalgiagasmed, I didn't think that was actually possible, I'm about to buy this game again
  • OneEyedGoon - July 16, 2010 3:21 a.m.

    I miss the Duke.
  • Hypermonkey262 - July 16, 2010 12:37 a.m.

    I completely forgot about AC's music. It must be buried under all the angry memories of spending days trying to catch that one fish or bug to complete the collection.
  • Imgema - July 16, 2010 12:10 a.m.

    cozy is the right word
  • woopman - July 15, 2010 11:55 p.m.

    You should've posted the New Year Party song or a K.K. song too.
  • Ensoul - July 15, 2010 10:55 p.m.

    Little off topic but has anyone been able to play through another Animal Crossing after going through the GC one? I know it's not the type of game you beat, but once I payed off my debt (on the GC) I played it less an less often; still loved it though. I got the DS one and it took all of 2 days before I got distracted by something else. :-/

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