Creating a "perfect town" in Animal Crossing City Folk can be a very frustrating experience for some. Many guides have been written and most of them agree that in order to get the elusive perfect town score, you need to understand how your town is divided and to plant a certain amount of trees and flowers in each acre.

I've created a handy free tool that will show you instantly how your town should be divided. It eliminates hours and hours of work and the guessing that occurs when attempting something like this manually.

You can click on the map below to see the kind of map you can create in seconds. Read on for a step by step guide on how to create your own map!

Sample Map

Step 1 : Put an SD card into the front slot on your Wii. An SD card is required to use this map generator. If you don't have one, don't worry. Luckily, you don't have to spend an arm and a leg to get one. A typical 1Gb (one gig) card will cost around $10 or less -- usually less. You can find them almost anywhere. Some grocery stores even have them in their battery/photo departments/aisles. You don't need an expensive card, any kind will do -- just make sure it is a standard size and not something like a micro-sd or a Sony memory stick.

Step 2 : Click on the map icon in Animal Crossing : City Folk. You should know what this looks like by now, but just in case you don't, it is the little icon that looks like a house in the lower right-hand portion of your screen. The + button on the Wii remote should pull up the map for you if you aren't into clicking. :)

Step 3 : Take a picture while the map is being dispayed. Press the "1" button on the Wii remote to take a picture of your map.

Step 4 : Click on the photo icon in Animal Crossing : City Folk. The photo of your town map should be displayed on your screen at this point.

Step 5 : Save the photo to your SD card. Click on the SD card button that you see on your screen. It will prompt you if you really want to save the photo -- and you really really do.

Step 6 : Remove the SD card from your Wii. Open up the front panel of the Wii (if it isn't already open) and remove the SD card. You need to press it in and it will click out a bit so it can be removed easily.

Step 7 : Put your SD card into your computer. Most newer computers and laptops have an SD card port for you to insert your card into. Look for the letters SD or simply look for a flat and skinny place to insert the card. Every computer is different, so I can't tell you exactly where yours will be. Once you insert the card, your computer should recognize it and assign it a drive letter. Mine says my SD card is drive G. Yours will probably be different.

Step 8 : Click on the "Browse..." button on this web page. Further down this page, you'll notice a place where you can "create your map". Find the "browse..." button and click it. In some browsers, the button may say something different (like "choose file"), but it will work the same on all computers.

Step 9 : Locate the map photo on the SD card. After clicking the browse button, you will see a screen that shows you all the folders and files on your computer. Navigate to your SD card drive and find the last .jpg file that was created. On my card it is in the "DCIM" and then "101Nin01" folder. The file will have a name like RUU_0002.jpg (where the #2 is the number of the photo that you took). Double-click on the .jpg file that is the photo of your town map (or click once on the file and choose the Open button).

Step 10 : Click the "Create Perfect Town Map!" button. Right under the browse button on this web page, you'll see the "Create Perfect Town Map!" button. Click on that and your map will be uploaded to this server temporarily and the software will extract the map and create the perfect town grid on it. When the file has been uploaded, your browser will ask you if you want to open or save the file. That choice is up to you. I'd choose "Save" and then save it to a place on your computer where you won't lose it. Once it is saved on your computer you can view it or print it using any software that you want.

City Folk Map Image: (the .jpg file you saved to your SD card)

Click the button below to create your town map...

Is this hacking?

No. This is simply getting one of your photos from the game (which Nintendo allows) and processing it. I don't hack and neither should you. Hacking spoils the fun of city folk and I honestly can't see a reason why any mature person would even attempt to hack.

Will this put a virus on my computer?

Absolutely not. This simply takes your photo and redraws a grid system on it. I'm a computer professional with over 20 years of experience. Making viruses would be a really dumb decision.

Can you make the program do [insert wishlist here]?

Yes I can. Feel free to email me your idea ( and I'll see if I think it will benefit everyone who plays the game. If it does, I'll email you when your idea is ready. :)

Will this work on an Apple computer?

It sure will. It works on any computer with access to the internet.

Ok, I've got my map that was created for me -- now what?

Instead of rewriting the guides I've seen, I'll just give you a link to my favorite one: