As you probably know, I’m a pretty big Animal Crossing fan. And when I heard that there was an Animal Crossing 2016 wall calendar, I decided to pick it up. So I’ll share my thoughts on it and show you what it looks like.
Each month has a large Animal Crossing character displayed, although each one is unfortunately just a simple character model displayed on very basic backgrounds (stripes, grass, triangles, etc.). It’s a simplistic look, so you’re not going to be blown away by any of the art.
The calendar isn’t just based on U.S. holidays; it also lists holidays for Canada, Mexico, the U.K., Ireland, and Australia. The only downside is that it doesn’t include the dates of Animal Crossing events! But it’s made to function as a regular, real-life calendar…not a game guide.
Here’s a look at which character appears for each month:
- January – Sable
- February – Phyllis
- March – Pete
- April – Copper
- May – Leilani
- June – Nat
- July – Timmy & Tommy
- August – Brewster
- September – Lyle
- October – Jack
- November – Blathers
- December – Jingle
Jack and Jingle (in October and December, respectively) make perfect sense; they are characters from holidays in those months. Nat in June also fits, since he hosts the Bug-Off. Maaaaaybe you could say Lyle looks like a teacher for back-to-school in September. But I’m not so sure about the others. Why not Pavé for Festivale in February? Why not Zipper for Bunny Day in March? Why not Franklin for the harvest festival in November?
There is one other cool feature about this calendar: It comes with stickers! It has a sheet of over 50 stickers featuring animal villagers, human villagers, special characters, fruit, and trees. You can stick them to dates on the calendar or use them for anything else. But for some reason, roughly one-third of the stickers are pictures of fruit. I think most Animal Crossing fans would rather have more of the characters that they love, rather than fruit and trees. Still, the stickers are a nice bonus.
The calendar may not be perfect, but it would make a good gift for any Animal Crossing fans this holiday season. Check your local stores for it or you can buy it from Amazon.com.
If you have any theories as to why certain animals were shown for certain months, please share them in the comments!