Animal Crossing: City Folk Tips

Select Your Native Fruit at the Start Of New City
If you are starting a new city, you can choose the fruit that is native to your city.

At the "Animal Crossing: City Folk" title screen, the camera will follow a resident around your potential city. If you see the fruit you like in the trees, start the game. Otherwise, reset the Wii and repeat until you see the fruit you want.

I believe this also works with the resident the camera follows around, so if you want a particular resident in your town at startup, the same trick should work.