Mr. Resetti

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Mr. Resetti
Animal Crossing character
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Mr. Resetti as depicted in promotional artwork for Animal Crossing: New Leaf
First gameAnimal Crossing (2001)
Created byNintendo EAD
Designed byNoriko Ikegawa
Yoshihisa Morimoto
Voiced byYūichi Kimura
(Dōbutsu no Mori)
In-universe information
SpeciesMole
FamilyDon Resetti (elder brother)

Mr. Resetti, full name Sonny Resetti (also known in Japan as Mr. Reset (リセットさん, Risetto-san)), is a fictional character from the Animal Crossing series of video games by Nintendo. His first appearance was in the Nintendo 64 game Dōbutsu no Mori, released in Europe and North America on the GameCube as Animal Crossing. Mr. Resetti is a mole whose role in the series is to remind players to save before quitting the game, and to give a lecture if they do not. Mr. Resetti has received mixed critical reception, with critics taking note of both the unique creativity and perceived hostility of his role.

Development and concept[edit]

During play testing of Animal Crossing, players would reset the game and turn the system time backwards to make the daily stock at Tom Nook's store change. In order to prevent this, the development team implemented Mr. Resetti, in hopes that players who want to cheat would be deterred due to the long speeches. If a player resets the game enough, Mr. Resetti will want the player to type out sentences such as "I am stupid." and "I stink." Contrary to popular belief, Mr. Resetti does not delete the player's saved file if that player keeps resetting the game. Mr. Resetti's English dialogue in Animal Crossing was written by Nintendo Treehouse team member Tim O'Leary, who intended the character to speak with a deep Bronx accent to complement the character's Osaka accent in the original Japanese.[1] He is designed to make the player believe he knows them and is yelling directly at them, and the European Let's Go to the City manual warns that young children may find Mr. Resetti's authoritative tone of voice disturbing.[2]

Appearances[edit]

Mr. Resetti's role in the Animal Crossing series is to advise the player to remember to save before quitting the game. If the game is shut off without saving, Mr. Resetti will appear outside the player's house the next time the player starts the game, and will give a lecture on why saving is important. Those lectures grow longer the more times the player resets.[3] Also, after resetting multiple times, Mr. Resetti will make the player repeat phrases, and will not let them play until they get it right. If the player inputs something offensive he will get furious.[4]

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Mr. Resetti appears the first time the player turns the 3DS off without saving. However, he explains that the Reset Surveillance Center (the facility Mr. Resetti works for) has been closed down, and that he will not be able to make any more visits. If the player so chooses, the Reset Surveillance Center can be reopened, allowing Mr. Resetti to resume his former role.[5]

Due to the auto-save function on the Nintendo Switch, Mr. Resetti does not return to the same role in Animal Crossing: New Horizons,[6] but is running the new in-game rescue service as the operator.[7] He also appears on the communications error screen.[8]

Outside Animal Crossing[edit]

In the Animal Crossing film, Mr. Resetti appears a number of times to remind characters about following the rules of the Animal Village.

Mr. Resetti has made several minor appearances in the Super Smash Bros. series of video games, including as a collectible trophy in all games beginning with Super Smash Bros. Melee,[9] as an assist trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and as a background character on the Animal Crossing themed stages in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. In Brawl, his assist trophy summons him onto the stage to yell at the fighters, causing his lengthy text box to obscure a large portion of the screen.[10]

In Mario Kart 8, Mr. Resetti makes an appearance on the Animal Crossing race course included within the game's second downloadable content pack. On this course, he erratically pops up from the ground during the race, forcing players to avoid crashing into him.

In Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Mr. Resetti is a craftable character as a costume for the player's Palico in-game as part of the June DLC pack.[11]

Reception[edit]

Mr. Resetti has received mixed reception. Destructoid's Jonathan Holmes called his actions one of the "more creative" examples of fourth wall breaking alongside Metal Gear Solid's Psycho Mantis.[12] Wired's Chris Kohler featured him at number six in a list of the "10 meanest tricks videogames ever played on us." He cited tactics such as pretending to reset the game during one of his lectures.[13] UGO.com called Mr. Resetti an irritant,[14] but ranked him the sixth best Animal Crossing character, stating that while they do not love him outright, his outbursts are a part of the game's charm.[15] Joystiq editor Chris Greenhough stated "Animal Crossing games would be a lot less awesome without Mr. Resetti," referencing the way he "teaches his lessons through tough love."[16] Kotaku editor Luke Plunkett stated that "Resetti may be just about the best thing about Animal Crossing," and said that "his furious tirades are, after all, both entertaining and informative."[2] Mr. Resetti was named as the 17th best Nintendo character of all time by GameDaily, saying "he's helpful, while at the same time completely annoying".[17] In 2010, GamesTM listed him among the greatest game characters, commenting that he "may be one of the most annoying characters in gaming" but "Mr. Resetti is so meticulously designed with the express purpose of annoying that it's hard not to respect the thought that went into him."[18]

The development team found that Mr. Resetti caused young female players to be scared by him to the point of crying. As a result, they made it optional whether players encountered him in New Leaf.[19] Destructoid's Jonathan Holmes did not agree with the decision to make him optional as he felt that the game is "better when it can make you feel awful."[12] Jamie Madigan in a Gamasutra article discussed the use of the word "cheater" by Mr. Resetti and how the label can be used to shame people away from breaking rules.[20] GamesRadar's Ryan Taljonick featured Mr. Resetti on his list of gaming's most "hate-filled characters."[21] IGN's Patrick Kolan felt that despite the quality of his rants, they felt "vanilla" and didn't surprise anyone anymore.[22] Destructoid's Anthony Burch wrote an article that explains why Mr. Resetti was the "most heroic videogame character ever created" and suggested that he is "the only character in the Animal Crossing world whose sole job is to protect the entire universe from paradoxical destruction."[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interview: Bill Trinen Of Nintendo". Game Informer. October 10, 2003. Archived from the original on December 5, 2003. Retrieved January 16, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Luke Plunkett (Dec 10, 2008). "Nintendo: Animal Crossing's Resetti "May Be Disturbing To Young Children"". Kotaku. Retrieved 2011-02-03.
  3. ^ Good, Owen S. (2019-06-15). "Animal Crossing's irascible Mr. Resetti is looking for a new gig". Polygon. Retrieved 2020-04-13.
  4. ^ The Best of Mr. Resetti in Animal Crossing! (Nintendo GameCube), retrieved 2020-04-13
  5. ^ "'Animal Crossing: New Leaf': Mr. Resetti Made Optional For Making Gamers Cry". The Inquisitr. 2013-04-12. Retrieved 2020-04-13.
  6. ^ Jess Joho (13 June 2019). "Nintendo confirms Mr. Resetti lost his job thanks to 'Animal Crossing: New Horizons'". Mashable. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  7. ^ March 2020, Sam Loveridge 20. "Is Resetti in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?". gamesradar.
  8. ^ Good, Owen S. (2020-02-22). "After getting 'laid off,' Animal Crossing's ornery Mr. Resetti has a new job in New Horizons". Polygon. Retrieved 2020-04-13.
  9. ^ "Trophy List - Smash Bros. DOJO!!". Smash Bros. DOJO!!. Retrieved 2010-04-13.
  10. ^ "Mr. Resetti - Smash Bros. DOJO!!". Smash Bros. DOJO!!. Sep 26, 2007. Retrieved 2011-02-04.
  11. ^ Life, Nintendo (5 June 2015). "Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate June DLC Brings Animal Crossing, Devil May Cry and Awesome Designs".
  12. ^ a b Holmes, Jonathan (2013-04-13). "Mr. Resetti is optional in New Leaf thanks to crying fans". Destructoid. Retrieved 2014-05-23.
  13. ^ Kohler, Chris (2010-04-01). "The 10 meanest tricks videogames ever played on us". Wired. Archived from the original on 2014-05-23. Retrieved 2014-05-23.
  14. ^ "Tom Nook - Top 20 Animal Crossing characters". UGO.com. 2008-12-09. Archived from the original on 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2010-04-13.
  15. ^ Russ Frushtick (December 9, 2008). "Mr. Resetti - Top 20 Animal Crossing Characters". UGO.com. Archived from the original on 2013-12-31. Retrieved 2011-02-04.
  16. ^ Chris Greenhough (December 10, 2008). "Lock up your children: Mr. Resetti may 'disturb' them | Joystiq". Joystiq. Archived from the original on January 28, 2015. Retrieved 2011-02-03.
  17. ^ Workman, Robert (August 22, 2008). "Now You're Playing With Power: Top 25 Nintendo Characters of All Time". GameDaily. Archived from the original on August 29, 2008. Retrieved April 21, 2013.
  18. ^ "The Greatest Ever Game Characters". GamesTM. NowGamer. March 17, 2010. Archived from the original on February 5, 2013. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  19. ^ Watts, Steve (2013-04-12). "Animal Crossing's Mr. Resetti made optional because he made players cry". Shack News. Retrieved 2014-05-22.
  20. ^ Madigan, Jamie (2014-03-04). "You Can Cheat, But Don't Be a Cheater". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2014-05-22.
  21. ^ Tjalonick, Ryan (2013-05-07). "Gaming's most hate-filled characters". GamesRadar. Retrieved 2014-05-23.
  22. ^ Kolan, Patrick (2008-12-02). "Animal Crossing: Let's Go to the City AU Review". IGN. Retrieved 2014-05-23.
  23. ^ Burch, Anthony (2008-06-18). "Why Resetti the mole is the most heroic videogame character ever created". Destructoid. Retrieved 2014-05-23.