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Animal Crossing: New Leaf Pricing Emerges On North American eShop

Posted by Orla Madden

Price is better than expected

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is one of the most anticipated 3DS titles of 2013 and we're just about two months away from seeing it arrive. With the game doing sensationally well in Japan, there's no doubt that North American and European 3DS users are looking forward to its release this June.

With the game being so close to launching, owners of the handheld can search for the game on the eShop and are greeted by a reasonable $34.99 price tag when they do. Normally, first party titles are priced at $39.99, so it's nice to see a small discount, even if it is $5. A little goes a long way.

Earlier this week, Nintendo fed our greeedy little selves with a new trailer for the upcoming simulation title.

What are your thoughts on the price of Animal Crossing: New Leaf? Do you think future first party titles will stay within this price range? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Giygas_95 said:

Actually, Amazon has had it listed as $34.99 for a long time (not that Amazon is always right). Can't wait though! I hope one of my neighbors is Filbert because I got him in both WW and CF and he was my favorite neighbor...until the day that I found he had moved from my town on CF.



BooJoh said:

I already planned to go digital on AC anyway, but it's nice to know I won't have to pay a $5 premium to do so.



Bucho said:

i hope it applies to the price here un méxico, usually 39.99USD games go for MX799.99 which is roughly USD56.99, so the eShop here in méxico is charging us 43% more for the same game.



rjejr said:

I'm not a big fan of downloading retail titles at any price but for a game you are supposed to play every day for the rest of your life it makes a lot of sense.

Good to see this in the eShop 2 months in advance of it's mid June release.

So who has $2.59 in their account?



FernandoMachado said:

OMG is this a new price tag for upcoming releases? I love it but I don't get it! Animal Crossing is bound to sell millions no matter what price tag it's released!
Good going, Nintendo!
(Or maybe that's just a cover up for loads of DLC...)

How much do you guys think DKC 3D will cost? I believe they can't charge full $39.99 for it, can they?



Ecto-1 said:

Nice, I'll happily take any savings I can get. That said, I don't expect all of Nintendo's first party titles to be priced this way. I think they are picking and choosing certain titles to release at the lower price. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon also released at $34.99 (although the eShop charged more erroneously for a day or two) on the same day that Luigi's Mansion released for the full $39.99.



BooJoh said:

@SheldonRandoms If you're referring to DLC, they've stated that AC will not have paid DLC. Granted that was a long time ago and there was a point at which we thought no first party games would, so who knows.



Peach64 said:

This is definitely one I want as a digitally release. I'd probably happily pay more for a digital copy than a boxed copy, as I'll keep playing it much longer with it saved on the system than if I had to keep swapping the cartridge in for 10 minutes every day.



OdnetninAges said:

With the 5$ I save, I can buy a 5 dollar footlong!

Thanks, Nintendo! June 9th is going to be an AWESOME day!



manu0 said:

Here's an idea for Nintendo: Delay the finished, localised Animal Crossing because you have too many games coming out around that time, which you only realise one week before release....argh...



AhabSpampurse said:

Can someone confirm what this will prob mean to us europeans? In a comparative sense if anything.



Dpullam said:

This is excellent news. I always welcome a discount to a game as popular as Animal Crossing.



6ch6ris6 said:

oh please let this game be the same or less than reatil games. downloading retail games is 5€ more expensive in germany than buying them in a store :/



Wonder_Ideal said:

This is tempting me to purchase this digitally. This would be a game that would very handy to have on my 3DS at all times.



Absol07 said:

@Bucho Change your area to US or that you live in USA, that´s how you can download the game and pay dollar price, specially when the change is 12.28 i guess



EverythingAmiibo said:

Like many here I was already going to buy it digitally, no matter the price. I really hope it goes for £30 or at most £35!



LexKitteh said:

Have been pleasantly surprised to see some of Nintendo's recent games going for $34.99, its a small discount, but I love to encourage this behavior and is motivating me to buy more games at launch (And not used!)



Giygas_95 said:

Nintendo must be generous. They could sell this game for $100 per copy and it would probably still sell like hotcakes.



Arianabtd said:

I really like this small discount.
Even though it is little, every dollar counts for me x3.



MagicEmperor said:

And it's only 1 GB. That's honestly less than what I had anticipated. I'm getting it through eShop for sure. Yeah, I prefer physical copies, but this is a game I'm gonna be playing every single day for a long time, so... yeah. Digital for me.



2Sang said:

I always wished AC had backwards compatibility. That's why pokemon sells to me more than AC in a sense of addictiveness. I only played the original AC, but for hundreds of hours in hopes of being able to send items or bells to future versions.



BooJoh said:

@2Sang Animal Crossing City Folk did allow you to carry over your character's face and hair, along with part of their Nook catalog from Wild World. I don't know if this version will do anything similar.

Personally I think it kind of takes away from the core gameplay to start with most everything unlocked so even given the option I opted to start fresh on ACCF.



sinalefa said:

Go digital because you don't have to insert and remove a game card? Are you implying you are expected to EVER remove the AC game card?

In all seriousness, my first and last AC was City Folk, but due to the convenience of a handheld I am feeling tempted to get this one. That small discount does not hurt either.



2Sang said:

yeah but then it doesn't feel like an accomplishment after getting a rare gyroid or a golden tool. Maybe not make those things available until after you've paid off your house or something.



k8sMum said:

$34.99 is the price on my grandson's pre-ordered copy from gamestoppo, which i did the last week of march. i am planning on downloading it for my 3ds xl.

cannot wait!



Viagro said:

If all retail downloads were £34.99 I'd buy pretty much all of them. That extra £fiver that brings the cost up to £39.99 just seems like way too much to me!



theblackdragon said:

@k8sMum: haha, gamestoppo

i do agree that 34.99 seems more reasonable, but i'll admit i was more excited about it when i was still under the impression that it was actually discounted for the eShop. ah well!



domdom87 said:

I bet it's going to be $69AUD in our eShop like every single other big Nintendo game. There is zero sentiment to buy digital in Australia.



Zombie_Barioth said:

I like it when big name games are sold at a lower price like this, it says good things about the company when they do this sort of thing.

Granted its not exactly a large amount of money but every little bit helps. @3DSonicPizzaHD has the right idea.



HandheldGuru97 said:

Almost makes up for that long long long wait Nintendo thank you very much. Still if it is the same at retail (from what I have seen it is) I will be picking this up physically which means I won't play another game on my 3DS...forever.



Meaty-cheeky said:

I want to go digital download for Animal Crossing New Leaf, but I'm concerned about backwards compatibility and 3DS transfer.

1. How many times can I transfer a digital game, like if I upgrade to the 3DS XL?
2. Will digital 3DS games transfer to future versions of the Next DS/GameBoy?



Zodiak13 said:

I was not planning to buy it digital but when someone mentioned how much simpler it would be to just load it when I want to play like 10 minutes, a light went on in my head. What a great idea. Plus I have no attachment to owning a physical copy of AC like I would a title like Etrian Odyssey IV. Thanks NL commentors for mention a great idea that makes plenty of sense.



Dodger said:

@Meety-cheeky I don't know about 1 (although I'm guessing unlimited times) but given that Nintendo let you transfer downloadable games from the DSi to the 3DS and from the Wii to the Wii U, I would be willing to bet they would consider that a priority in 5 or 6 years. I don't think that is your biggest worry with downloadable games. Your biggest worry is losing your system or your memory and having to rebuy it, but the same could be said of a cartridge, so I wouldn't worry too much.

Anyways, I'll be getting the downloadable version. I get downloadable versions when it is cheaper and/or when I know I'll want to play the game anytime and not want to sell it. I don't download adventure games like Luigi's Mansion 2 because sometimes I do want to sell them. Animal Crossing is not only one of my favorite franchises but a game I want to be able to play anywhere at anytime.



sillygostly said:

Nintendo of Australia is likely to charge $69.95 for it as they do for all 1st party Nintendo titles. "Budget" 1st party titles retail for $49.95, but I don't think that Nintendo would be that generous for a franchise as popular as Animal Crossing.



astros75 said:

This and DK: Returns 3D are currently listed at $34.99, thats an extra $10 for me



GamerZack87 said:

Why is everybody so excited about buying a new air conditioner for $35?
[A random member whispers into GamerZack's ear]
Oh...Animal Crossing! I hope it's cheaper in the Aussie eShop as well. Being able to pay a mere $60 for it would be fantastic!



Bejeeta said:

Well, it's OBVIOUS that in Europe the price will be higher. Now Amazon sells it EUR 39,58, but the full price is EUR 44 = $ 57. Ah, the old continent...



SuperCharlie78 said:

Nothing to do?
Maybe you are not given a world to save, or tons of enemies to blast, but here's a pletora of things to do.
This is a "love or hate it" game, some people love it, others find it pointless, easy as it is.
About the price, I will pay far less then 35 dollars, or euros, for a retail copy, as usual, but still want this game to be installed on my 3DS, I don't know what to do by now.



LordessMeep said:

I already had $40 ready for my digital copy.. but $35? The $5 cut was unexpected and it makes me happy. Well, more money to blow on FE:A DLC (still waiting on the Future of Despair chapters.. ).

With all the AC:NL news lately, the wait is killing me.



Meaty-cheeky said:

@Dodger thanks for replying to my post earlier, I did some research and I found out that you can only transfer your 3DS games for a total of FIVE times.

I decided that I will indeed go digital for AC:NL, but I wish Nintendo would just make an online account system already, we need a system like STEAM on PC.



MagicEmperor said:

@sinalefa Not sure if you're talking to me specifically. squints like Fry Well, I'll explain myself. The fact is, Animal Crossing just seems like a natural fit always being in my 3DS. I confess, not switching carts is an admission to laziness. But I will play Animal Crossing every day, but sometimes I'll likely only play for a few minutes just to update my town. That way, it'll save me some time to swap carts.

Yeah, it's... not a huge thing, but it's still convenient for moi. To always have this alternate life with me anywhere, never having to switch carts, appeals to me. But that's just me! Also, nice avatar.



bezerker99 said:

This discounted price has been on Gamestop and Amazon's website since the dawn of time.



Cesco said:

On you can already pre-order the boxed version for €39.58. I could bet 1€ that the price in Europe for the digital version will be the usual €44.90.



Barbiegurl777 said:

I like that it's going to be $34.99 as opposed to $39.99. I got into a habit after so many years with most of my handheld games costing $30 paying $40 does seem a bit much for the 3ds games but that's just me. $35 I can defently go with because it's $5 cheaper.

Happy Gaming! (^_^)



nagareboshi said:

I'm going to freaking scream at my 3DS as soon as I see the price tag on the European version. I bet it's gonna be €44.99 which is obviously ridiculous. Why! WHY!



DerpSandwich said:

I do have to wonder what their motivation was for this decision. It's not like they're going to get more sales with a price point only five bucks lower, but then that's five bucks per copy they're losing out on. Strange.

Perhaps they know they'll get so many digital sales and their profit margin will be so high that they wanted to pass the savings along to us! (Not likely, though. Nintendo loves its money. XD)



SageWaterDragon said:

To those people who are asking why this is 34.99 physical instead of 39.99: Nintendo wants people to not have to pull out change to pay that tax. Just slap two 20 dollar bills down and BAM, Animal Crossing. (Or something.)



3DGamer said:

If you buy games from eShop you don't pay tax. I bought Fire Emblem no tax.



Oopsiwin said:

Animal Crossing!!!!! I've been waiting way too long for this game! Too bad it's being released the Sunday before my final exams... Stupid college getting in the way of my videogames

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