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Animal Crossing Plaza and Miiverse Community Open on Wii U

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Available now, and is essentially an AC WaraWara Plaza

Today's Nintendo Direct broadcasts across multiple territories may have been focused on providing details of previously revealed titles, but there was still the occasional surprise. One of these is the Animal Crossing Plaza on Wii U, which will be available today for free, and serves as a WaraWara plaza-style meeting place based on the hugely popular 3DS title; there'll also be a related Animal Crossing series Miiverse community.

Naturally the residents of this plaza will keep you posted on events happening in the game, but there are ways that you can interact and take part. For example, any screenshots that you take in Animal Crossing: New Leaf can be moved across and posted on the plaza and Miiverse community; all you need to do is put the 3DS SD card into the equivalent slot on the Wii U, and the images are filtered out and can be organised into albums or transferred. This also includes QR codes that can be posted on the Wii U and scanned with a 3DS, while the Miiverse community will allow you to post your transferred New Leaf screenshots, choose favourite animals from the game and post about them specifically, or filter out posts to look at those dedicated to your favourite characters.

It may disappoint some that today didn't bring any more news of a 3DS Miiverse, but that doesn't mean it isn't coming later in the year; this does look like a fun feature, however, and should be available right now or later today, depending on your region. It's also worth noting that in the North American broadcast Satoru Iwata said this will be a "limited time" service until the end of 2014, but he didn't say that in the European presentation.

Are you looking forward to interacting in the Animal Crossing Plaza and Miiverse community?

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User Comments (42)

element187

#3

element187 said:

I never played Animal Crossing before. I rented it from Gamefly, and I can say I still don't get it... but I may play around with this feature on my Wii U though.

QBertFarnsworth

#5

QBertFarnsworth said:

Having to transfer SD cards between the 3DS and Wii U seems archaic. If you can transfer Miis between the systems, it seems like you should be able to transfer Animal Crossing pictures, avatars, etc.

Rin-go

#6

Rin-go said:

They showed Audrey Drake during the presentation. lol Well not her, but her Animal Crossing character. I don't think there is another Aminka, so it must have been her.

Burning_Spear

#7

Burning_Spear said:

I didn't see the Direct. Where does the AC Wara Wara Plaza appear? Does it replace the existing one on the Wii U main screen, or is it something you load while in Miiverse?

Ichiban

#8

Ichiban said:

I thought they were gonna announce a new Animal Crossing for Wii U after they announced the AC plaza. Ah well lol

Shaqazooloo

#10

Shaqazooloo said:

they should let us customize waru waru plaza with themes like these! I'd love a Mario, Metroid or a Zelda style wara wara plaza when I boot up my Wii U.

tchaten

#13

tchaten said:

With this service ending late 2014 I'd imagine they will try to transition these plaza folks to a new Animal Crossing game for Wii U - coming out late 2014/early 2015? ...

Darknyht

#14

Darknyht said:

@tchaten I am with you. I read that as Animal Crossing Wii U is on the way which really makes me happy. For such a simple game, their is nothing quite so relaxing as fishing in the ocean on it (at least for those of us that cannot fish in real life, I guess).

tchaten

#15

tchaten said:

@Darknyht Personally I think the 3DS and portables in general are more suitable for this type of game - can't imagine not having my town with me on business trips and vacations.

That said it'd be cool to see what they come up with for the Wii U

19Robb92

#19

19Robb92 said:

All this made me think was "we're never getting Miiverse on the 3DS, are we Iwata?"..

zionich

#21

zionich said:

This is one of those things that effects my personal mood about a Nintendo Direct. While I watch im like this is cool, I like this, and wow I didnt realize Rayman looked like so much fun.

Then the last thing to be shown is Animal Crossing Plaza. I know im bias because I have no intrest in the game. For me, when the last thing, minus Wonderful 101 upcoming Direct, doesnt have my intrest it effects my overal mood of the whole presentation.

Logically, its about content. Some youll like, others ya wont. But as marketing strategy goes, I know im not the only one who reacts this way.

My question is for all the Animal Crossing fans. Was this a high note to end the presentation on?

mch

#22

mch said:

The message is Just get a Wii U. And I am telling you: Just get a Wii U!
I love this innovative Gaming-Internetbrowsing-Miiverse-Machine and have more games then time to play them at this point already!

Kirk

#23

Kirk said:

All this does is make me want to see a full HD Animal Crossing game on Wii U and soon...

ikki5

#24

ikki5 said:

well, the plaza is downloading for me :) I really enjoy the game on the 3DS and I am hoping that a community on the Wii U and the plaza is an indication that an Animal Crossing for the Wii U is being made :D

Obito_Tennyson

#25

Obito_Tennyson said:

I like this. Of course, Nintendo couldn't get better with an Animal Crossing title than downloading Animal Crossing on a handheld system. It's genius, it is a title that you must play everyday, and if you forgot to bring your New Leaf Game Card somewhere, and you also forgot to do your daily chores, then your doomed.

However, since I could download New Leaf, I could play everyday without forcing myself to go through my 14 3DS Game Cards (15 if I had New Leaf as a game card) and looking for the game to pop in and play, then pop back out to play another. I can't wait to download Animal Crossing on my Wii U! Might not play as much as New Leaf since the Wii U's a console, but I know that it would be amazing.

NImH

#26

NImH said:

@zionich The AC Plaza is most definitely a welcome update!
To the uninitiated: Animal Crossing must be owned to truly appreciate it. I never expect to see a demo show up in the eshop because one cannot really form an accurate opinion of the game without experiencing the development of the town over a week or two. @element187 your experience is typical. Unless you kept the game for a good long while, you wouldn't get it.
This was an awesome Direct! Much love Nintendo!

Tim_Slim

#29

Tim_Slim said:

I won't be downloading this. I had to stop playing the GC version when I realised I was developing a crush on a cat. I couldn't bear bumping into her again.

Mk_II

#31

Mk_II said:

Sweet! I was hoping they'd add a AC:NL community but this is so much more, i love it. Here's hoping that they will someday be able to add true Miiverse functionality to AC:NL because it'would really benefit from an integrated online community.

WaLzgiStaff

#32

WaLzgi said:

For reference, you have to download this from the eShop. It's a separate app on your home menu

MrWalkieTalkie

#33

MrWalkieTalkie said:

I really hope we one day get an Animal Crossing game on Wii U with these graphics and lighting effects! It looks really nice!

JtotheY

#34

JtotheY said:

So, does this mean an Animal Crossing U is coming? :D
I mean, Animal Crossing Plaza/community on Wii U, the Smash Bros. trailer starting with what looks like a real Animal Crossing world (on Wii U).
Get this game on Wii U! I really enjoyed it on Wii.

Rin-go

#35

Rin-go said:

Edit to last post.
Aminka was only shown in the Japanese one. ^^;

I quite like the Animal Crossing Plaza. It is nice to spot animals who live in my town or once lived there. (Cube and Drift. ;_; ) I only own City Folk, though, so I don't have much to do there.

BrightBeing

#36

BrightBeing said:

I can imagine Audrey (Aminka) jumping ALL OVER this. She was IN LOVE with Animal Crossing. I'd imagine her enthusiasm would follow her to her new employment and Nintendo. Personally, being hopelessly addicted to Animal Crossing myself, I can't blame her.

shuis

#37

shuis said:

@DePapier ...or Nintendo is prepping bringing Miiverse to 3DS and stepping toward blurring the lines while unifying the console/handheld brand.

JimLad

#38

JimLad said:

This is how I imagined Animal Crossing would look if they'd actually expanded it and not made the same game 3 times over.

Pod

#39

Pod said:

This looks very cute, and it's a nice way of having the two machines work together, though I'm slightly unimpressed by having to move the photos with the SD card, rather than transmitting them wirelessly.

I imagine a stunt like this is more likely to foster sales of New Leaf among existing Wii U owners than the opposite scenario.

ICHIkatakuri

#40

ICHIkatakuri said:

All this has done for me is to realise how nice AC's basic art style looks on Wii U especially with lots of animals on screen at one time. I need Animal Crossing Wii U now!

Zellybeanie

#42

Zellybeanie said:

Seriously wish they'd let you swap out Miiverse Plaza for this. It's really neat to see this on the big screen though. Also makes me crave a 3DS version of Super Gameboy.

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