I bought this game about two months ago from Amazon. I bought the normal non-selects version, but it's the same thing so I figured I would review it on this version because there are not a lot of reviews for it right now. Anyways, this is an amazing game. I have played it for about two months non stop (Serious) there is so much to do in this game. So I will break the game down into different elements:
Graphics: This is the only low point of the game. Its very average, I mean its nothing you are going to sit and admire, you could even argue that the graphics are below average, buy you know what? Who cares, this is a game that doesn't need great graphics to be good. Its like Starcraft, the graphics look pretty bad, but when you get into the gameplay you forget about everything else. Animations are the same throughout, animals have a distinct look, houses all look the same, the city is the only area where some graphic prowess is shown. Overall, its definitely the weak point of the game but its something you don't care about once you get into it.
Sound: Beautiful. Seriously, this is as close to a 10 as you can get in a video game. There is 24 hours in this games (it uses real time) and every hour a different song plays. They are all catchy and some are really beautiful. When it rains, it plays the same exact song but its remixed a bit, because of the rain. There is also really nice music when you go to the City. The characters/animals do not talk, instead they speak a language called "Animalese" its kind of like where they are mumbling when they speak, it is not annoying at all though and you get use to it very quickly. Whenever you talk to an animal a sound plays for that type of animal, its something you get use to and understand over time. Nintendo has always been known well known for their audio and music and it's demonstrated here.
Controls: There are different kinds of controls that you can use. You can use Wiimote+Nunchuck or Wiimote only. I use the Wiimote only. It takes some time to get use to. Basically what you do for movement with the Wii mote only, is you point it in a direction (There is a floating hand that is one screen) and then press A. When you do that the character will move in that direction, and when you hold B on the back the character will run. You get different items in this game like fishing rod, net, watercan, etc. all you do is press A to use them. - button takes you to your menu where your items are located and + shows you a Map of your town. Left and Right arrows change items. Overall, its very easy to use it only takes time to learn when you have to catch bugs, I will explain later.
Gameplay: Interesting, and addicting. When you start the game there is someone you meet in the bus, they ask you your name, city you are going to, your birthday, and the time and date. Well, that where the core of the game starts. You land in that city that you talk about and you have to go meet "Tom Nook" AKA the Landshark (Kidding). When you meet Nook he gives you your first house in the game it costs 20,000 bells. Every time you pay off for your house, you get a bigger and better house, the funny thing though is you cannot say no! You are forced to do the upgrade, that's what you have to do when you deal with Mr. Nook, but its OK, you pay at your own pace and are not forced to pay. When its all said and done you end up paying over 1 million bells, to pay off all upgrades and have the ultimate home. So how do you make money? Fishing, Catching Bugs, selling furniture, etc. The problem is, Nook has to have these items in stock, so it normally takes a couple of days to get all the items you need, to start making big bucks. Anything you catch, you can sell to Nook, he pays a decent price and gives you money right away. You live with villagers and they are helpful in many ways. Sometimes they give you chores to do for money and items, and sometimes they will buy items from you randomly. Another thing that can be done is you can go to the city and buy luxury items (GracieCrace), auction stuff, get a hair cut, buy from the black market (Redd), go to the happy academy for your home, and go to the movie theater. So the depth is a lot, also on random days random things happen. Some days you find a flying saucer, a magic lamp, a four leaf clover, etc. That's why playing it everyday is so amazing, because it really feels like a different experience every time you play. I will wrap up by talking about events. They have different "event" in this game. You have Christmas, New Years Eve, New Years Day, Labor Day, Valentines Day, etc. On these days special things happen, you get free items, contests, city gets dressed up, etc. The atmosphere is really one that consumes you and brings you into the experience even more.
Overall: This is an amazing game, I think in my heart that this is a four star game but I'm giving it 5 stars because the value of this game and depth that it has, makes it one of the deepest games that you can buy for the Wii. I have already clocked over 50 hours (I play between 1-2 hours a day) and still haven't finished paying off for my house yet. If you want something addictive that you will be turning on daily, look no further, but be warned these animals might take your life over!