So you’re checking the catalog at T&T Emporium. What do you want to order? My Idea Book? Sorry, that’s not for sale. It’s unorderable. Wait! That’s getting really tiresome, so this chapter is on catalog ideas and new ways of organizing. The problem here is that catalogs are getting so big that it’s time to split items down even further. At least the search function made item collecting easier.
As I go over these new catalog ideas, the first one is on catalog fixes, which can make the game easier. Here are the stuff Nintendo needs to do to make the catalog feature better.
Make most items orderable:
I can understand why certain items aren’t orderable, but it’s already a problem by now. Some items, such as the Snowman Series, Sloppy Series, and Cardboard Set are nearly impossible to get due to, you know, how the game gets. The Snowboys are extremely snobbish, Club Tortimer exclusives are nearly impossible to collect due to the trashy kids that grief members there, Saharah exclusives are buried under many layers because Saharah gives out what the Nooklings sell too, and the Sloppy Series items rarely show up in stores. The most appalling part about unorderable items is that in New Leaf, both the lawnmower and sprinkler were made unorderable, even when they are regular items, and the Nooklings sell them. Some people speculate that they were meant to be unorderable as Nintendo kept the reason a secret, but I really think it’s a bug.
Another reason why all items should be orderable was because the community took the advantage of glitches to get all what they want. This is known as item duplication, or duping. This happens during trades over the wi-fi, where dupers give items away at the host’s town, but when they leave, they flip the wi-fi switch, where the dupers still own the items at home, but the person receiving them already own them. This is considered bad because it drops the value of items. The items that get duplicated the most are crowns (for more Bells), the Sloppy Series (which is extremely hard to get), unorderable DLC, and special prizes. Don’t get me started about powersaving, which is something Nintendo would fight against, but duping isn’t even hacking, but it’s still cheating.
If you ask me about why time traveling is considered acceptable, but not duping, I’ll explain why. Yes, they’re both considered cheating, but the difference is that time traveling was a feature Nintendo intended to put in the game. However, they didn’t intend it for people to use it for time traveling. But they have became more aware of this, so they added time traveling references as a form of dialogue in villagers. Duping on the other hand was not intended to be in the game. It was a glitch, but later a game-breaking phenomenon where people collect unorderable items in a dishonest way. It may be easier to obtain them that way, but it’s not as fair.
If Nintendo still had that bug, but made nearly all items orderable, that might shut the duping party out of business. They can go ahead and dupe crowns for all I care, but if everything is orderable, then there would be no reason to dupe items (unless if they want to get away from spending Bells, which is being cheap). Pricing items on the catalog really high may not be fair, but it’s better than not making them orderable. Think about it. Would you rather spend a lot of Bells on the Snowman items when ordering on the catalog, or would you not be able to order them at all?
Of course, not everything will be orderable. A couple of stuff (like fish, art, fruit, and tools) will not show up on the catalog. As for the unorderables that do show up on the catalog, the only items that will remain unorderable are HHA prizes, Post Office prizes, unorderable DLC, items obtained from Phineas (see Chapter 28), and mannequins. And guess what! Once you receive these items, you can never dispose them. They are yours forever. You can’t drop them in town, mail them, sell them at the Re-Tail or Nooklings, discard them in the trash bin, or have them stolen from ghosts or ruined on Halloween. They’ll be impossible to get rid of since they are so valuable.
Whatever shows up on your catalog that you can dispose can be ordered from your catalog
Remove fossils and gyroids:
In the past four games, despite not being orderable, fossils and gyroids have appeared on your catalog, but could never be ordered. If all items of one group isn’t orderable, there should be no reason to have them on the catalog. So yes, keep the fossils and gyroid in the game, but they shouldn’t appear on your catalog. Art doesn’t show up on your catalog in New Leaf. Neither should these artifacts.
Sorting and filtering:
It’s good that items are separated into different tabs in the GameCube Version and later games, but when you’re even browsing one section, you’ll notice how much of a mess it is. Take for instance, the Green Drum (from the Construction Theme) sits in the middle of the Green Series. Also notice that the Lovely Doll and Lovely Phone are not part of the Lovely Series, but are still in the middle of them.
As a solution, there should be a sorting and filtering feature. The sorting feature sorts items differently, as you can see any order. As for filtering, you can remove unwanted items as you browse each category.
- Alphabetical (A to Z) – as you browse each tab, this is the classic way of putting items in order as you look through your catalog. It starts out with symbols, then moves to numbers, then last is letters. So let’s say that the ? Block is the first item under the furniture category as the Zodiac Tiger is the last item. That is how it would go.
- Alphabetical (Z to A) – this is the opposite of the previous one I just said. This time, the Zodiac Tiger goes first, as the ? Block goes last. And every item that normally comes before another in alphabetical order comes after.
- First to Last – a new way of sorting items is by the order you collected them in. The earlier you obtained them, the higher up they’ll appear in your catalog. It’s like a storybook, where the first chapter goes first. Say, in Sandbox Mode, the Cardboard Box is the first piece of furniture you collect due Isabelle’s quests, right? The Cardboard Box sits at the top.
- Last to First – similar to what’s said above, but is the opposite. This time, the newest item is at the top, as the earliest items to enter your catalog is right at the bottom. It’s like browsing a forum and seeing the most recently updated threads. The longer it has been since the update, the later it appears as you go back through the forum.
- Price (cheapest to most expensive) – yet, another new way of sorting items. The cheapest item on each part should come first while the most expensive and items you cannot order come last.
- Price (most expensive to cheapest) – same as before, but in the other way around. Unorderable items come first. Then it’s the most expensive items. At the bottom is the cheapest items.
- Collections – the other four ways of sorting are something you can turn on or off at any time. As you sort by these ways, only one way can be active at once, but it’s possible to have no ways of sorting. When you sort by collections, it means putting items from certain collections ahead of others. In the furniture tab, furniture series always comes first. After that, furniture themes will be next. Then you’ll see furniture sets. Next, you can see other collections that do not classify as furniture series, themes, or sets. Last, you’ll see all of the unorganized items like the Air Conditioner and Autumn-Leaf Chair. The collections in order depend on the ways you sorted. Sorting alphabetically always puts the Alpine Series or Transform Series at the top, while sorting by order you collected them puts the first furniture series completed or last furniture series completed at the top. Clothes can be put into different “looks”, backgrounds like carpets and wallpaper can be sorted into series and themes, and Mini-Projects can be sorted by motif.
- Sources – although everyone obtains items differently, you can also sort by the source of each item. The sources are Main Street shops, special shops (like GracieGrace), seasonal (holidays and stuff like the snowman items), special visitors, and other. Breaking it down even further, we have more specific sources like the Nooklings and the ghost king.
- Frequency – the frequency sorting sorts items based on how frequent you order them from the catalog. The more often you order something from the catalog, the higher up it will appear on your catalog. It’s like showing the “top hits” when searching on you iPhone.
- Color – the color sorting puts all of your items into their default color groups, then sorts them like collection sorting. The color groups are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, gray, brown, black, white, beige, and none. The color names are always in alphabetical order, with none being the last group. Of course, sorting alphabetically and order you collected them will affect each color group, but as long as you sorted by color, they will still be in color groups.
- HHA Themes – although this applies to all categories, this is primarily for furniture, carpets, wallpaper, and rugs. As you know, there are eight HHA themes, as well ad the themeless items. You can decide whether if all HHA themes are available, if all items from one HHA theme should not appear, or if all items you’re browsing comes from only one HHA theme. If you turn off all themes, nothing will show up on your catalog.
Fashion Styles – this is applicable to all categories, but this more likely applies to clothes. There are ten fashion styles, as well as the style-less clothes. The filter feature here works just the same as the HHA Themes.
- Seasonal – every item has a matching season to it (winter, spring, summer, fall, season-neutral). If you want to have a seasonal house, you can turn off all filters except for that one filter. Notice how most coats are under the “winter” filter and how most Japanese items are under the “spring” filter.
- Colors – similar to color sorting, but it blocks certain color groups from being seen.
Collections – the collection filters doesn’t block certain collections from being seen, but it does filter out items based on if they’re part of a series, theme, set, look, or any other way of classifying items.
- Sources – the source filters actually blocks items from certain sources from showing up on your catalog. The filters are Main Street, special shops, special visitors, holidays, nature, and other.
- Furniture Types – these filters only apply to furniture, and they filter out items based on type. Those are stuff like beds, chairs, sofas, lamps, clocks, you know the story.
- Clothing Types – these filters only apply to clothes, and they filter out items based on type. Those are stuff like sleeve lengths, shorts, skirts, pants, sandals, shoes, boots, you know the story.
Another catalog fix I suggest is improving on searching when you are specifically looking for a certain item. We should keep the classic search bar, but there should be other ways to search.
Ways to search by:
- First letter – takes every item from you catalog with a certain first letter, and throws it into one bag.
- Series – you can see all furniture series. Selecting a certain furniture series narrows it down to one series, which includes carpet or rug, wallpaper, doors, and curtains.
- Theme – you can see all furniture themes. Selecting a certain furniture theme narrows it down to one theme, which includes carpet or rug and wallpaper.
- Set – you can see all official furniture sets. Selecting a certain furniture set narrows it down to one set.
- Looks – you can see all of the clothing looks. Selecting a certain clothing look narrows it down to one look.
- Other Collection – all of the other sets can be seen here. Selecting a certain set narrows it down to one set.
The last new catalog fix is by adding a tab on the front menu that measures how complete you are. It shows the overall percentage, labels each catalog tab with fractions (numerator is what you have, denominator is how much there is in total), and stars to every full fraction.
DLC and region-specific items may show up in your catalog, but they do not count towards your completion, which also means the denominators excludes them. They don’t go to the numerators either. Prizes that you can’t order do count towards your completion, ad the denominators includes them.
If you have almost a full catalog, you may receive a Home Catalog Machine (or HCM). With that machine, you can order at home and not at the store. And it works just the same at home.
When you load up the catalog on the machine, the first screen shows the different tabs. In New Leaf, we had household, fashion, stationary, music, and groundwork. Here, there are just four – Housing, Construction, Entertainment, and Clothing.
The housing one includes everything for houses and commercial services. This is basically where the furniture goes. All items in furniture series goes here, but not all items in furniture themes or sets go here.
- Furniture – all furniture, electronics, and appliances for households goes under the furniture category. Those include everything from furniture series, some furniture theme items, most furniture sets, and anything else you can see at home. It also includes wall items and ceiling items.
- House Plants – the furniture category is split into four different categories here, and there’s still a couple in the Entertainment section. The second category includes all house plants that Leif sells.
- Commercial Furniture – even though this sounds like it goes under the furniture category, commercial furniture refers to stuff that belong in commercial services. Those include school furniture, office furniture, hospital furniture, restaurant furniture, shop furniture, and other stuff like arcades, food courts, and labs.
- Outdoor Furniture – refers to all items that give your house an outdoor look. They can also be items for yards. Most furniture themes and some sets go under this category.
- Carpets – all floor items that just change the floor go under here.
- Rugs – all floor items that act like rugs go under here.
- Wallpaper – just like in previous games, all wallpaper go under here.
Construction refers to both house construction and town construction.
- Mini-Projects – in Chapter 11, I went over Mini-Projects and how they can be ordered on the catalog. They have a high price, but almost all former PWPs go under this category.
- Doors – all doors that get in the way of openings in your house go here.
- Windows – all windows that you can put into walls like in Happy Home Designer go here.
- Curtains – all curtains that cover windows goes under this category.
All of the other items that originally classified as furniture go in these following categories. They are no longer classified as furniture. But this also includes stuff that never classified as furniture to begin with.
- Decorative – stuff like decorations, beauty items, Gulliver items, and Nintendo items go under this category. Includes all DLC and former DLC. Some furniture themes and sets go here.
- Food – includes all food that can be re-ordered on the catalog.
- Toys & Games – includes toys, arts and crafts, games for the table, and all of Nintendo’s handhelds and consoles in the game.
- Hand items – includes balloons, pinwheels, and fans.
- Sports – all sporting goods go here.
- Instruments – includes all instruments.
- Music – anything you get from K.K. Slider go here.
- Stationary – you know what is already.
All clothes that you collect in Animal Crossing go here.
In Traditional Mode, the catalog feature is much different. It differs even more in the other tiers. The higher the level, the further back we go.
In the three tiers of Traditional Mode, the features of using the catalog differs. Some are only present in the lower levels.
- Tier One – same as Sandbox Mode.
- Tier Two – many categories are empty. Everything in the Construction menu will disappear. Everything in the Entertainment menu (minus stationary and music) merges into the furniture tab of the Housing menu. In addition, the furniture, house plants, commercial furniture, and outdoor furniture will merge. You will also expect to see just furniture, carpets, and wallpaper in the Housing menu. As for clothes, the coats, neckwear, gloves, and accessories do not show up as you’re left with the remaining categories. Music and Stationary have their own menus. The search feature is the same as Tier One and Sandbox Mode, but sorting and filtering won’t be there.
- Tier Three – the catalog feature will have tabs instead of menus, just like in Wild World. The tabs are furniture, carpet, wallpaper, clothes, headwear, facewear, stationary, music, and umbrellas. Advanced search options are gone, leaving you with the simple search feature. You also won’t get to see your catalog completion progress at all.
In Sandbox mode, all items that show up in your catalog (except for prizes, mannequins, and DLC) remain to be orderable. But once you go to Traditional Mode, most items will become unorderable. And this time, they can be disposable.
- Tier One – all items from other sellers (such as GracieGrace, the Museum, the Island Shop, and the Sales Stand) cannot be ordered from your catalog.
- Tier Two – the only items you can order come from the Nooklings, the Ables, Kicks, and occasionally other givers like Gulliver and the campers.
- Tier Three – similar to Tier Two, but orderable items are strictly items from the Nooklings and the Able Sisters. Not to mention, but they no longer sell holiday items or music, making them unorderable.
Also in Tier Three of Traditional Mode, mannequins and Phineas prizes do not appear.