It really is tough to label it as hardcore unless you have a specific definition for it.
You can be a completionist in a game like Animal Crossing without really being called hardcore. Perhaps you're just dedicated. Dedicated just to animal crossing and that's it.
There's a lot of people who play Sims all the time, they are a bit of completionists for the game, but they don't bother with any other kind of gaming, or maybe even any other titles that would classify as anything but casual. There's a bit of a "tough to define" thing at work, here.
I feel it is safer just to say a game caters for the casual when there is more aspects of it that can be enjoyed by a casual gamer and not restricted just to people more dedicated to gaming. --- "because 'Clerks' is NINJA in itself." - Ninja Mask lessons by Vern Reid (http://houseofninja.com/tutorial.php)
Yep. And then you have stuff that's more core gamer-only minded like Crimson Shroud. A game that really isn't approachable to a casual gamer any more than an old-school Western RPG (noted for their steep initial learning curves) or a 4X strategy game. --- "because 'Clerks' is NINJA in itself." - Ninja Mask lessons by Vern Reid (http://houseofninja.com/tutorial.php)
I still don't understand what makes a game "hardcore" or "casual" after all these years or why that even matters. It seems like games that sell dozens of millions of copies to all ages are considered "casual" and so it's basically hipster gaming with so-called "hardcore" games. If so, I've never been a hardcore gamer in spite of playing video games for 20 years. That said...
Casuals - play a few minutes a day, meet up with friends on the weekend, occasionally check stores, maybe design a pattern or 2
Hardcore - several hours a day, harvest everything, constant fish and bug catching, buy out Nooks on a daily basis, redesign the town (remove all the trees, set up patterns) constantly add friends to visit and buy/sell HUGE amounts of turnips on Sunday --- Like it or not, Sonic's going to be there in Smash Bros 4, so hold off on the hate threads