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Nintendo Launches Animal Crossing: New Leaf Miiverse Drawing Event

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Shake the metaphorical trees of creativity, or something...

Nintendo has been making good use of Miiverse and Wii U title Art Academy: SketchPad in recent months, running events for the Year of Luigi and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Its latest event is for Animal Crossing: New Leaf; while it might seem late in the day for an event based on the summer 2013 release (as it was in the West), it also reinforces the point that this is one title where timelines are irrelevant.

For those bitten by the bug — rather than, say, successfully catching it in a net — New Leaf may still be a game earning 30 minutes to an hour of time on an almost daily basis. It's been a major success for Nintendo, and this latest drawing event on Miiverse gives fans a chance to show their affection for the title; this especially applies to those that have made good use of the Animal Crossing Plaza on the home console. New Leaf director Aya Kyogoku has outlined the rules, an excerpt of which is below.

The theme is "The Four Seasons of Animal Crossing." I want you to draw an Animal Crossing picture based on your favourite month of the year!


  • Pictures must be drawn using Art Academy: SketchPad which is available for purchase in the Nintendo eShop.
  • Pictures must feature at least one character from the Animal Crossing series.
  • Entries are limited to one original work per person.
  • Comment on this post to submit your entry.
  • Please specify which month you have drawn in the comment field.
  • Drawings will be chosen by Nintendo based on the skill, artistic expression, originality and creativity of the author.
  • We will choose our favourites from the entries. We may share your drawings outside Miiverse.

The event will end on Mar. 16 or after there are over 1,000 comments, whichever comes first. We will choose our favourite works representing each month, and after reviewing, we will announce them in this community.

Check out the full post, linked below, to see all of the details and, of course, submit your entries. Will you be expressing your creative side for this?


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TantXL said:

If i had Art Academy: SketchPad i would definitely make a picture!



rjejr said:

Seems like a great excuse to put Sketchpad on sale for $1.99 or $2.99.

Nintendo has been doing a really good job on the Wii U eShop having games on sale almost every week - I think there was only 1 game on sale for 1 week over 6 years on the Wii - but I don't recall a lot of their stuff going on sale, only all the 3rd party stuff. I could be wrong as I'm sometimes still a bit confused between 1st, 2nd and 3rd party but its my impression. The 3DS eShop had Rolling Western on sale I think. Or maybe that was a Club Nintendo coin offer.



EverythingAmiibo said:

@TantXL ah, and the cheapest gift card is like £10. If you'r a fan of Nintendo you're gonna have to give them your credit card at some point



Prof_Clayton said:

@rjejr More titles are going on sale because after the Wii Shop, Nintendo actually gave the developers more liberty in the eShops to offer different prices. Before they were pretty much set in stone.
However, Nintendo is still reluctant to discount its own games at all, except special launch offers (like the Zelda Oracles eShop launch day deal). So it's half a step forward.



Tuurtledove said:

The amount of Community Marketing support Art Academy has been receiving recently is surely a positive (and enjoyable) sign to see indeed. It's wonderful that Nintendo has discovered these niche little methods to keep the Community involved, whilst still managing to make a competition of it all



bezerker99 said:

Would purchasing Art Academy be a waste of money if you possess zero drawing ability?



DarkNinja9 said:

if you love anyones art academy drawings help support them by commenting on miiverse to increasing our saving space to save more then 12 drawings in Art Academy it sucks having to delete good drawings without no way to transfer them to our pc!



Plutonian said:

I don't think so. I bought it with zero ability and I've had a lot of fun with it. The lessons are pretty easy to follow and you'll be surprised at how good some of your finished drawings look.

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