During today's European Nintendo Direct broadcast, the company surprised fans with an Animal Crossing: New Leaf Welcome a Friend Promotion.

Similar to the previous Gift & Hunt Together Promotion for Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on the 3DS, if you've registered your copy of Animal Crossing: New Leaf with Club Nintendo before 22:59 (UK time) on 7th September, you’ll be able to receive a Recommendation Code which you can then pass on to a friend. In turn, your friend is eligible to use this Recommendation Code for a digital copy of the hugely popular title if they register a Nintendo 3DS XL system between 23:01 (UK time) on 6th August and 22:59 (UK time) on 7th October 2013, and enters the Recommendation Code before 22:59 (UK time) on 7th October 2013.

For more information on the promotion, visit the official page, which includes details on how to claim if you've already registered the game.

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