Ranking the Public Works Projects and Nookling Stores

Last week, I went over the furniture series, themes, and sets, and ranked them from worst to best. Now I am going over the third list, the list of all minor PWPs and Nookling expansions. Today’s entry will be about PWPs, PWP sets, and my opinions on them.

PWP Sets

A PWP set is a set of minor PWPs with the same motif. Unlike furniture and clothes, PWPs do not have a designated group. This is non-canon information here, but it’s an easy way to organize. Here are the following PWP Sets:

  • Generic – themeless PWPs that can be used anytime
  • Zen – Japanese based PWPs. All PWPs of this kind are suggested by Cranky Villagers
  • Fairy-Tale – Fantasy based PWPs. All PWPs (other than the bridge and the bell) are suggested by Normal Villagers
  • Modern – City based PWPs. All PWPs (other than the bridge) are suggested by Snooty Villagers
  • Ancient – Historical PWPs suggested by Smug Villagers
  • Garden – Natural themed PWPs
  • Illuminated – Metal frame PWPs that light up at night
  • Semi-Major – Three PWPs that you can have only one of each.
  • Environmental – Environment themed PWPs
  • City – The other city based PWPs, the ones outside the Modern motif.

I will list the PWPs based on set:

Generic:

  • Yellow Bench
  • Blue Bench
  • Wooden Bench
  • Metal Bench
  • Chair Sculpture
  • Pile of Pipes
  • Tire Toy
  • Street Lamp
  • Round Streetlight
  • Streetlight
  • Park Clock
  • Cobblestone Bridge
  • Suspension Bridge
  • Brick Bridge
  • Balloon Arch
  • Do-Not-Enter Sign
  • Caution Sign
  • Yield Sign
  • Camping Cot
  • Hammock
  • Fence
  • Fire Hydrant
  • Fountain
  • Water Well
  • Custom-Design Sign
  • Face Cut-Out Standee
  • Archway Sculpture
  • Drinking Fountain
  • Fire Pit
  • Jungle Gym
  • Instrument Shelter
  • Sandbox
  • Stone Tablet

Zen:

  • Zen Bench
  • Zen Streetlight
  • Zen Clock
  • Wooden Bridge
  • Zen Bell
  • Zen Garden
  • Rack of Rice

Fairy-Tale:

  • Fairy-Tale Bench
  • Fairy-Tale Streetlight
  • Fairy-Tale Clock
  • Fairy-Tale Bridge
  • Bell

Modern:

  • Modern Bench
  • Modern Streetlight
  • Modern Clock
  • Modern Bridge

Ancient:

  • Moai Statue
  • Pyramid
  • Sphinx
  • Statue Fountain
  • Stonehenge
  • Totem Pole

Garden:

  • Flower Arch
  • Flower Bed
  • Flower Clock
  • Circle Topiary
  • Square Topiary
  • Tulip Topiary
  • Hot Spring
  • Log Bench
  • Picnic Blanket
  • Wisteria Trellis
  • Water Pump
  • Scarecrow
  • Outdoor Chair
  • Geyser
  • Torch

Illuminated:

  • Illuminated Arch
  • Illuminated Clock
  • Illuminated Heart
  • Illuminated Tree

Semi-Major:

  • Lighthouse
  • Tower
  • Windmill

Environmental:

  • Garbage Can
  • Drilling Rig
  • Solar Panel
  • Wind Turbine

City:

  • Bus Stop
  • Cube Sculpture
  • Parabolic Antenna
  • Stadium Light
  • Traffic Signal
  • Video Screen

Ranking the PWPs by set

Because some are tied and others are not, I will be splitting four set into four other sets as I merge the City with the remainder of Generic.

Benches:

  • #1 – Wooden Bench
  • #2 – Modern Bench
  • #3 – Metal Bench
  • #4 – Yellow Bench
  • #5 – Zen Bench
  • #6 – Blue Bench
  • #7 – Fairy-Tale Bench

Streetlights:

  • #1 – Street Lamp
  • #2 – Round Streetlight
  • #3 – Modern Streetlight
  • #4 – Zen Streetlight
  • #5 – Fairy-Tale Streetlight
  • #6 – Streetlight

Clocks:

  • #1 – Modern Clock
  • #2 – Zen Clock
  • #3 – Fairy-Tale Clock
  • #4 – Park Clock

Bridges:

  • #1 – Modern Bridge
  • #2 – Wooden Bridge
  • #3 – Cobblestone Bridge
  • #4 – Brick Bridge
  • #5 – Fairy-Tale Bridge
  • #6 – Suspension Bridge

Ancient:

  • #1 – Pyramid
  • #2 – Sphinx
  • #3 – Stonehenge
  • #4 – Moai Statue
  • #5 – Totem Pole
  • #6 – Statue Fountain

Garden:

  • #1 – Flower Clock
  • #2 – Flower Arch
  • #3 – Picnic Blanket
  • #4 – Log Bench
  • #5 – Outdoor Chair
  • #6 – Wisteria Trellis
  • #7 – Water Pump
  • #8 – Torch
  • #9 – Circle Topiary
  • #10 – Square Topiary
  • #11 – Tulip Topiary
  • #12 – Geyser
  • #13 – Scarecrow
  • #14 – Hot Spring
  • #15 – Flower Bed

Illuminated:

  • #1 – Illuminated Arch
  • #2 – Illuminated Clock
  • #3 – Illuminated Tree
  • #4 – Illuminated Heart

Semi-Major:

  • #1 – Lighthouse
  • #2 – Tower
  • #3 – Windmill

Environmental:

  • #1 – Wind Turbine
  • #2 – Solar Panel
  • #3 – Garbage Can
  • #4 – Drilling Rig

Miscellaneous:

  • #1 – Fountain
  • #2 – Video Screen
  • #3 – Traffic Signal
  • #4 – Stadium Light
  • #5 – Parabolic Antenna
  • #6 – Jungle Gym
  • #7 – Cube Sculpture
  • #8 – Camping Cot
  • #9 – Custom-Design Sign
  • #10 – Balloon Arch Fence
  • #11 – Face Cut-Out Standee
  • #12 – Drinking Fountain
  • #13 – Bus Stop
  • #14 – Fire Hydrant
  • #15 – Instrument Shelter
  • #16 – Archway Sculpture
  • #17 – Sandbox
  • #18 – Fire Pit
  • #19 – Stone Tablet
  • #20 – Hammock
  • #21 – Water Well
  • #22 – Chair Sculpture
  • #23 – Pile of Pipes
  • #24 – Tire Toy
  • #25 – Fence
  • #26 – Yield Sign
  • #27 – Do-Not-Enter Sign
  • #28 – Caution Sign

Best and Worst Nookling Expansions

If I had to choose what matters more between longer hours or more items sold, a larger variety of items (and GracieGrace) would make a store better, but I prefer to have longer hours than more variety. Most people prefer a larger variety, and thanks to time traveling, stores with longer hours, as well as the Early Bird and Night Owl ordinances are obsolete. Even if that’s the case, I prefer more hours than larger variety. This is a list of all the Nookling Expansions based on the best and worst:

  • #1 – T&T Mart: Very early in town history, you have a convenience store called T&T Mart. Let me tell ya. This (along with Nook ‘N’ Go) is the best store expansion in AC. The longer hours and the possibility of being open around 3:00 AM on Night Owl (I like the 3:00 AM hourly music) makes this one the best. It’s also cozy, well-designed, and has nice music. Not to mention, but the exterior looks well-designed. The light-up sign post next to the shop with six glass panels and the two strips of light on top makes this store hard to beat in competition.
  • #2 – T&T Emporium: My second favorite expansion of the Nooklings would be the department store. Thanks to GracieGrace, T&T Emporium is one of my favorite Nookling Stores. One thing I don’t like is their short hours. Even if it’s more organized, the amount of hours open is among the shortest of the expansions. On Beautiful Town or Wealthy Town (or no ordinance at all), the store is open for only twelve hours. I also hate how this is mainstream along the AC Community. Being mainstream is one thing, but the hair-bow wig, which looks stupid in my opinion, is also mainstream. Most female players prefer that over the hairstyles you can get from Harriet. Do I want to see that as mainstream?
  • #3 – T.I.Y: Based on the opening times and amount of items sold, T.I.Y. is balanced between T&T Mart and T&T Emporium. It sells more than T&T Mart and is open longer than T&T Emporium. I like their red and green color scheme and the Wal-Mart like design on the outside. Also, I can keep this store forever by not doing Gracie’s Fashion Checks at all. I like the idea of fashion checks because you can decide if you want GracieGrace or longer opening hours.
  • #4 – Nookling Junction: The first store is also one of the worst. Aside to their lack of ambience in design, they don’t have as much services. There are no carpets or wallpaper, no catalog, and no medicine. Not only that, but you can’t have a Club LOL with this store in town, but good thing that this store is easy to remodel. Just pour in 12,000 Bells in shopping and this store will expand.
  • #5 – Super T&T: Despite its nice design, Super T&T is the worst T&T Expansion in ACNL. Even in the GameCube Version and Wild World, I didn’t like Nookway (which Super T&T is based on). While it’s hard to let go of the convenience store, Super T&T is even worse by having the shortest hours (if no ordinance is turned on) of all the Nookling Stores. I find that rather strange when comparing it to the department store. In City Folk, Nookway is open longer than Nookington’s. Now it’s the other way around.

Next week will be on my last opinionated lists for ACNL. Stay tuned next Thursday to see my views on the Island Tours and holidays.

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