One of the most entertaining and enduring features of the animal crossing Series is the opportunity to create your own melody for a small town (or island). In just 16 tones you can create your own theme that you can hear throughout your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Maybe you want to go full Nintendo and have the Pokémon Center music or Song of Time from Zelda: Ocarina of Time as your jingle. Or maybe you’ll hear the theme or song of your favorite TV show echoing around your island. The only thing that limits you is your creativity. Or you can just go to Island Tune Creator and be amazed at how awesome everyone else is.
While your options are pretty basic—you can pick notes from a C major scale that goes down a fourth, up a third, a hold, a rest, and a “random” note—is a lot work just flowed in how Your island melody will be used.
Re:Direct’s Parker took a deep dive into how the island tune editor’s simplicity works in his favor. The places where the tune is used affect how the tune is played, such as B. changing the instrumentation, pitch, timbre and rhythm, all of which allow endless possibilities for these simple 16-note bops.
The melody plays in some obvious places, such as the chimes once an hour on the hour when the tempo slows down, but you can also hear the melody as you walk through people’s doors and shop fronts.
But the main focus of the video is how each villager’s rendition of your city theme perfectly reflects their personality, background, or even the type of animal they are.
In the video, Parker speaks to a number of villagers on his island to see how his island tune (appropriately and excellently “All-Stars” from Smash Mouth) changes depending on the villager.
Ordinary villager Molly, a duck, recites the tune in a triplet swing—a jazzier, more upbeat style of music—and the song sounds similar to a duck’s croaking. The triplet swing motif is shared by all regular villagers that Parker speaks to. Interestingly, Pango the “Anteater” changes depending on the mood of your original rendition. She may be able to hum your tune in a major key, which is similar to a scale used in South Indian classical music.
You might also recognize a lovely person in the video when our very own Zion and its island appear! Parker compares the themes of four different bear villagers and explores the similarities and differences between them, examining how rabbit villagers like Dotty use chimes rather than trying to mimic animal sounds.
It’s a fascinating watch and shows how there are thousands of possibilities, with Kick’s cockney whistle sometimes changing the mood of the song from upbeat to somber, or grumpy villagers making the music sound a bit more sarcastic.
We don’t want to give away any more fantastic analysis, so make sure to check out the video above and let us (and Re:Direct) know in the comments if you spot any patterns in your villagers!
https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2022/04/video-how-your-animal-crossing-island-tune-reflects-your-villagers-personalities Video: How Your Animal Crossing Island Tune Reflects Your Villagers’ Personalities