I have spent hours on end catching bugs in the tropical island found in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Many of you who own the game know that if you visit the game at night, you can catch some rare beetles that will bring in loads of cash when you get back to your town. Because of my personal connection to this island resort, I was all the more happy to see the latest Super Smash Bros. announcement. The Animal Crossing Villager is among the newcomers in the roster of both the 3DS and Wii U versions, so it makes sense that we are seeing another AC-themed stage. Tortimers Island will most likely be exclusive to the 3DS version. Sakurai commented on the above screenshot when posting it to Miiverse late last week:
Pic of the day. Here’s a new stage for the 3DS version: Tortimer Island! I’ve been here countless times to catch bugs.
Animal Crossing is a game based on community, originally only connecting you with the animals that lived in the same village as you (every furry’s dream), but as time went on, we began reaching out to other people! That’s right, getting closer to real-world interaction, here! This first came about by simply allowing you to travel to your friends’ towns, offering delectable fruit that sold for more bells than the fruit in your town as encouragement to go out and meet gamers in the community. With the most recent title, Nintendo offered an extravagant virtual location on the Wii U where you can meet only other people that are involved in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. The average company would have let the game run its course and then disappear into the past like many titles before it, but Nintendo wants to keep the game around for a little bit longer. They haven’t quite determined how to revive the title, but we have been assured that consideration has begun on a new addition to the game or community. -Ryan Baxter
Isn’t it great that Nintendo cares so much about each title they produce? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Nintendo turns over a new leaf in the social sim world.
The 3DS has done a great job at breathing life back into the universe of handheld gaming. While the handheld market has gone quite flat over the years, specifically around the DS/PSP era, this feisty new system is becoming quite the hot buy over in the states. Every time I go out with my Aqua Blue 3DS, I StreetPass at least 2 other owners, and usually end up visiting their town in the recently released Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I chose to wait a few months after release because I really wanted to focus on the title’s following. Like a lot of 3DS games, it took a little time to really heat up. Honestly there is just too much content to assess after just a week’s playtime.
Animal Crossing is one of those franchises that I can never get completely tired of. So far, none of the installments have seemed like direct rehashes of another. Sort of like the Super Mario games, the formula stays the same, but the developers add to (and sometimes fix) what was already there. While I played the previous entries in the series until I had my fill, I was still very excited to see what the latest game brought to the table.
If you are still debating whether or not to become a 3DS owner, or just want a game that will earn it’s place in your card slot for a very long time, you should consider reading my review. Check it out after the break. -Greg Boe
The above phrase is a bit better than the reality it represents, but it’s pretty close. This is the Animal Crossing: New Leaf: Welcome a Friend promotion! (Now with 100% more colons!) In order to take advantage of this, you have to be looking to buy a 3DS XL and have a friend with the new Animal Crossing: New Leaf title and you also live in Europe. The way this promotion works is when you register your Animal Crossing game on Club Nintendo by the 7th of September, you’ll be given a promotional code to download Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Now, at this point you may be thinking “But, Ryan, somewhere in your incredible good looks and massive intellect, you’ve looked over the fact that I already have that game!” This is simply not the case! This isn’t a program to reward people who buy Animal Crossing, but rather to bring new gamers to the wonderful Nintendo community. If you convince one of your friends to buy the 3DS XL system, you can give them the download code and as long as they register the 3DS XL on Club Nintendo between August 6th and October 7th and enter your recommendation code along with it, they’ll get the fantastic title you so enjoyed! You’ll also be able to trade fruit to your hearts content an you’ll find you have made a friend through the giving of a game! -Ryan Baxter
Is this a good promotion, or is Nintendo not offering enough to move their consoles? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!
Nintendo continues to think of new ways to bring like-minded individuals together and the latest installment is a new twist on an old classic. Wara Wara Plaza has been giving us access to all of the other Wii U owners that shared in our interests and games. Now, there is a similar plaza just for those Wii U players that also have Animal Crossing: New Leaf. This is a place to share your screenshots, QR codes, favorite gossip about the villagers in your town, and just general info about the game. If you’re interested in being part of this community, you can download the app on the eShop for free! Be warned, this plaza will not be around forever. At the end of 2014, the service will be disable. That is still a full year and a half that you can spend connecting with other Animal Crossing: New Leaf players.-Ryan Baxter
Do you think this is a great way to connect, or is it just an unnecessary copy of the Wara Wara Plaza? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Last week on Sunday, July 21st, I downloaded Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I know that a lot of you have already played hundreds of hours of the game since its launch two months ago, but this play log is for those who haven’t had the chance to enter the world of New Leaf. If you played the original AC games, or just want a way to relax after a hard day’s work, this is your game.
I was playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf today, and this popped into my mind. Since the AC villager is to be a playable character in the next Super Smash Bros. on Wii U and 3DS, will he be able to change his appearance? In Animal Crossing, your face and hair are decided by answering a few questions about you. Thus, there are several different ways your character can look. Smash Bros. fans should be familiar with the option to change a character’s color, so there you have it. What if you could change your appearance this way?
It probably won’t happen, but I’m just throwing it out there. Don’t let my random speculations get your hopes up or anything, though. -Greg Boe
We know a lot of you 3DS owners have already started playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and are probably looking for a place to keep your notes about your town. Well, Club Nintendo in Europe has just the thing for you. Above is one of the latest additions to the reward site, and European readers will be able to purchase it for only 1500 stars (the currency for registering your games). I Don’t know about you, but this American sure could use a place to put all of his Animal Crossing notes and ideas! What do you think of this new reward? -Greg Boe
Keep notes, doodles and all your important mayoral ideas jotted down in this fantastic Animal Crossing: New Leaf notebook! Better yet, the cover is double-embossed, giving it an impressive look that’s sure to turn other mayors green with envy! Measures approx. 148 x 210 mm
Ah, Reggie… Nintendo fans have quickly become fond of Nintendo of America’s president, Reggie Fils-Amie. In fact, he’s become somewhat of a celebrity among our followers. If your body is ready (like his), check out the video above. Mr Fils-Aime has recently shared his virtual house from Animal Crossing: New Leaf on Nintendo 3DS, and it’s full of Nintendo goodies. Want some of the stuff we saw in his house? You can obtain these items by spending Play Coins earned by walking with the handheld’s built-in speedometer.
Tell us what you think of Reggie’s fantastic house! Animal Crossing: New Leaf is available for Nintendo 3DS via retail and digital download. Gotta love those bed sheets. -Greg Boe
Maybe not just yet, but Animal Crossing lead designer Katsuya Eguchi is definitely considering it as an option in the future. Before a free-to-play model is made possible, the team wants to blend together a good mixture of free and paid content. Personally, I’d love to see this become a reality, but it would have to be on Wii U, since Nintendo just released Animal Crossing: New Leaf on Nintendo 3DS. If it did hit Nintendo’s handheld, owners of New Leaf would get little upset, since the game is selling new for $39.99. Read Mr.Eguchi’s comments below. -Greg Boe
“I think the main thing that we need to think about before even considering doing something like that is to determine what we’re going to make available from the beginning. I think that’s key in deciding whether we do something like that. If I find a business model that works, however — that works for Nintendo and the end-user — then I can’t say that [free-to-play] is something we wouldn’t consider.”
“When you look at our main audience in Japan, they are definitely that audience that has smartphones. [They are] women in their late teens and early 20s. They are certainly playing free-to-play games on their smartphone.”
When the most recent Monster Hunter was announced, Wii U sales shot up dramatically! We’re seeing a similar phenomenon occur with the 3DS and Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Apparently, once this most recent addition to the Animal Crossing franchise came to light, the 3DS sales rate increased to 4 times the sales rate from the previous week. This could also be in part due to the new Animal Crossing 3DS that comes with the digital game already installed on the system. There’s also been some sales records set with the online sales of the title, meaning that this could be one of the greatest casual games of this era! -Ryan Baxter
Are you one of the proud owners of this title, and if you are, do you have the physical copy or the digital download? Let us know in the comments!
For months now, we’ve been awaiting the arrival of the latest title in the Animal Crossing franchise, a game by the name of New Leaf. This game, with the chance to finally become more than a resident, captured our hearts and spirits as we eagerly sought new information and details about the fantastic mayoral adventure. Last night, New Leaf came to the Nintendo 3DS eShop and it is available for download and transportation within your 3DS (Iwata approved!). Such a purchase will run you $34.99 and will take up 6,000 blocks of space on your console, so if you would rather save that room on your SD card, you can get a physical copy here. If you are still looking for a 3DS XL and are interested in this title, you can even buy the special Animal Crossing Nintendo 3DS XL with New Leaf pre-installed!How wonderful that we’re offered these varied choices in modern gaming!-Ryan Baxter