- An Animal Crossing fan has rediscovered their homemade guidebook for the original GameCube game, showcasing the similarities and differences between the first title and Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
- The homemade guidebook includes tips on fishing, bug catching, town tunes, and purchasing items, providing a glimpse into the efforts players had to go through in the early 2000s.
- Unlike the official guidebook, Lyssepoo’s custom guidebook features printed information from various sources and lacks illustrations, reflecting the limited resources available before the rise of internet gaming communities.
An Animal Crossing fan has rediscovered their homemade guidebook for the original GameCube game. Each Animal Crossing installment release has brought new franchise fans, and this longtime player still has their custom guidebook from back in the day.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons shares some similarities with the original GameCube iteration. Among the overlapping themes between the first and latest Animal Crossing games are the animal villagers, fishing, bug catching, and customizable homes. Because Animal Crossing has evolved multiple times, New Horizons also offers features entirely unique to it. Animal Crossing: New Horizons introduced crafting, terraforming, door decorations, and more. This GameCube Animal Crossing fan’s homemade guidebook highlights these similarities and differences.
Reddit user Lyssepoo recently shared five images of their guidebook for the GameCube Animal Crossing title. Comprised of printed information about the game, the guidebook includes tips on when and where fish and bugs can be caught and their value, certain items that can be purchased and their price, and town tunes. The town tunes include notes for Disney’s “A Pirate’s Life For Me,” the Scooby-Doo and Peanuts theme songs, and Silent Night. Differing from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, players could change the GameCube title’s theme at the song billboard located next to the Post Office.
While there was an official Prima guidebook for Animal Crossing on GameCube, many players discovered secrets about the game in other ways. The official guidebook included many illustrations with the Animal Crossing secrets, tips, and tricks that it offered, unlike the strictly text-based book from Lyssepoo. Because many internet guides hadn’t taken off back then, Lyssepoo seemingly compiled information from different sources to make their custom guidebook. Beyond the tips and tricks included in Lyssepoo’s Animal Crossing guide, players could also enter special codes at the Post Office to receive various items, wallpaper, and large sums of Bells.
Considering how the internet gaming community wasn’t as robust in the early 2000s as it is today, Lyssepoo’s Animal Crossing guide provides a snapshot of the lengths some players had to go to then. While Lyssepoo’s homemade guide has a list of several furniture pieces, Animal Crossing on GameCube featured hundreds of items and dozens of wallpapers and carpets. With the absence of checkmarks, it’s currently unclear if Lyssepoo was able to acquire all the bugs and fish that they were looking for.
Animal Crossing is available now for GameCube.