Remember a week ago when I was excited about this exit poll at Nook's?
Seems like a great idea, right? Here's the game taking the time to find out how you play and adjusting itself to your liking. We all opted for "better hours," figuring that we would sacrifice the rare item stock for store hours that fit our lifestyle... we usually only play Animal Crossing at night, and it's a sucky rush to get to it by 9pm when Nookington's closes. Or else our pockets fill up with unsellable fish, fruit and fossils.
A few days later, this notice went up on the bulletin board:
Cool. We're excited. Best case scenario, Nook pushes his hours to something awesome like 1am. And we lose the frequency of Nook's item specials. Big deal; I already have most of the rare junk in my catalog from the Wild World import.
We were not prepared for the Worst Case Scenario.
Fucker went back to the Nook-n-Go!
With the same interior, too! So it's not like a TARDIS thing where it's small on the outside and good ol' huge Nookington's on the inside. Unbelievable.
We told the guy we wanted better hours instead of item variety, but we assumed that would just dial down the rarity... not turn us back to a minimal daily selection of tools, seeds, furniture and everything else. We were willing to ditch the quality, but not the quantity.
All for a bullshit 11pm closing time.
The worst thing about this is that Nookington's is a place of pride. Now anybody who comes to our town will think we're some kind of amateur pikers who can't even upgrade Nook's to the top level. It's embarrassing. And thanks to the strategy guide being garbage, there's no warning anywhere that something like this could happen.
This is unsettling enough for me to not ever want to play Animal Crossing again. It feels like I've been punched in the gut. Because there's no going back to an earlier save, or any of the usual gaming preservation and backup tricks. All decisions by Nook are final.
Running the numbers, it looks like Nook brought this up approximately two months after we started playing. Maybe he asks this every quarter. Will he ever poll us again? Or will we have a lousy small-town Nook's forever? I will be inconsolably pissed about this if we're truly stuck.
Talk about an accurate life simulation. Even in Animal Crossing, the economy is falling apart.