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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  • db1331 - July 15, 2010 7:24 p.m.

    To all the guys, if you ever find yourself trying to get your lady friend into video games, buy her an Animal Crossing game. That shit works. It's science.
  • MyUsernameIsLongerThanChrisAntistasPenis - July 15, 2010 7:26 p.m.

    *baby laugh* Sorry Brett I couldn't resist.
  • ShitMittensShittyKittens - July 15, 2010 7:31 p.m.

    *checks to see if the article is by the Duke* God dammit! Oh well. I like the music either way
  • Zaphers - July 15, 2010 7:33 p.m.

    I broke my glass pants.
  • FNG - July 15, 2010 7:41 p.m.

    Brings back memories...
  • RFswitchBlade - July 15, 2010 7:43 p.m.

    *sigh* I'm with you Brett, I wish more guys liked Animal Crossing instead of taking a five second look at it and saying "looks gay" or in one case, "how do you jump?", people are retarded these days.
  • YES - July 15, 2010 7:44 p.m.

    Hey Brett, you should do Lost Odyssey or The World Ends With You for Game Music of the Day (spread the love for jrpg music). Love Animal Crossing and it's music btw.
  • Fuzunga - July 15, 2010 7:45 p.m.

    Honestly, the only thing I remember about Wild World's music was that it wasn't as good.
  • Aeshir - July 15, 2010 7:47 p.m.

    Hullo Mr. Olston.
  • FNG - July 15, 2010 7:48 p.m.

    Oh yeah, look up "Go K.K. Rider" From City Folk
  • Aeshir - July 15, 2010 7:54 p.m.

    That is IT, when I'm finished with Crackdown (ONE), I'mma play some fuggin' animal crawsing. I'm guessing I should go with the original.
  • db1331 - July 15, 2010 7:56 p.m.

    Animal Crossing on the DS is the perfect game to take with you into the bathroom, or to keep by the bed in case you can't sleep or you wake up early but don't want to get out of bed just yet. Fire it up, play for 5-10 minutes, save and quit.
  • WillisTron - July 15, 2010 7:57 p.m.

    Ah, you shoulda put in the 4 pm melody - just like how you said when you would come home after class and the 5 pm music would be on, it was 4pm for me. Plus it's the best music in the whole game in my opinion. Either way though I <3 Animal Crossing - and I wish it could get a proper sequel rather than updates with VERY minor additions.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - July 15, 2010 8:08 p.m.

    we all missed you in trailer trash theatre brett. where the hell were you?
  • CoolBowling - July 15, 2010 8:15 p.m.

    I appreciate the time mechanic for playing the songs.
  • CH3BURASHKA - July 15, 2010 8:42 p.m.

    A fuggin' travesty that the Duke didn't write this. What gives? You hired Buttercup when you needed him!
  • chunko97 - July 15, 2010 8:55 p.m.

    *Baby Laugh*
  • Jax - July 15, 2010 9:10 p.m.

    I played Animal Crossing but never really payed any attention to the music, never realized it was so diverse and... good. I think i'm going to go wipe off the dust and go play it again.
  • 510BrotherPanda - July 15, 2010 9:11 p.m.

    Weird, I was just playing City Folk a couple of minutes ago. Then this article pops up! I set my town's theme as the first part of Ocarina of Time's Song of Storms, Brett. BooDoo Wee BooDoo Wee...Do DeeDoDeeDo Do Do...

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