Animal Crossing: New Leaf is just a couple of months away from being released in the West and the anticipation is starting to reach fever pitch.

Back in February, Nintendo teased an exclusive feature that would be included in Western versions of the game. Nobody knew what it was but it appears to have been inadvertently made public in the latest Iwata Asks interview.

In the interview, which was actually conducted in October of last year, Aya Kyogoku from the software development department spoke about the new Happy Homes Showcase feature found in the new game:

There's a housing display area called the HH Showcase where you can check out homes belonging to people you have encountered via the StreetPass feature, just as you would view a show home.

As with all Iwata Asks interviews, an editor helpfully gives additional information on things that are brought up. In this case an editorial note read:

In the North American version of the game, model homes created by Nintendo will also appear in the HH Showcase. These homes will be distributed via SpotPass.

So in addition to the houses acquired through StreetPass, Nintendo will also drop off the odd house via SpotPass. We're hoping they'll throw in some Legend of Zelda themed houses, or maybe one dedicated to Pikmin with a beautiful garden outside.

The European translation of the interview also confirmed the new feature.

This edition of Iwata Asks delved into plenty of elements found in the game, including how the future of Mr Resetti's Reset Surveillance Centre will be in your hands.

What are your thoughts on the new Happy Homes Showcase additions? Let us know in the comments section below.