|An Animal Crossing player with tanned skinned|
Animal Crossing gives players two temporarily but weak solutions to this problem which either include wearing a Mii mask or tanning. Whilst these options are openly available, the Mii mask felt out of place and tanning isn't an easy or permanent task. Having only 6-8 colours to choose from in a life sim just doesn't raise the diversity bar, ya know?
In Wild World and City Folk no matter how much you tan you're never able to get your character dark enough and this process takes players around 2-3 hour to complete, which results in a brown skinned avatar at best and fades away the very next morning. Once you awake you're back to your original skin tone. This mechanic makes it clear that the game has the assets for a variety of colours.
A solution you ask? Well instead of giving players only 6 colours to choose from there should be a scale with a variety of colours to select, from lightest to darkest! There could even be a tanning service offered to players by the pink poodle Harriet in Shampoodles. Once you select a new tone you can keep it rather than it reverting back to your original default tone.
Last year sometimes after the game's release many fans took to Twitter and other places around the world wide web to express their displeasure to Nintendo. There honestly is no excuse for developers to exclude access to darker skin tones or pretty much any realistic colours in this day and age when other games get it to a tee, but hopefully Nintendo will actually listen this time round and set things straight in their upcoming sequel of Animal Crossing, right?