Game Review

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Review

Europe PAL Version

Posted by Katy Ellis

Return of the thieving raccoon

It’s likely that before the archaic and newly-retired Mayor Tortimer sailed off into the sunset he turned to the fresh-faced Mayor-to-be beside him and whispered, “Remember, you’re only a Mayor, not a King, and this is a democracy, not a dictatorship.” And with that, he turned, winked, donned his Hawaiian shirt and embarked for the nearby tropical island. This is the true motto of Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

If you were hoping, like our malevolent Mayor Jon to enforce crazy and slightly questionable laws into your town, build a 50 foot statute of yourself and initiate a full-on reign of terror to send your animal neighbours shaking in their boots, or even simply take complete personal control of the festival scheduling duties, then you may be disappointed to know that sadly there is a limit to your mayoral prowess. However, this slight set-back is only a minor blemish on an otherwise perfectly peaceful gaming experience.

New Leaf is unlike any of the other Animal Crossing games you may have played, finally putting an end to the whines of previous critics who complained that Animal Crossing ‘has no point’ and there isn’t much to physically do. By putting you in Tortimer’s tiny tortoise-shaped shoes and providing you with the daunting task of revitalizing and urbanising the town, Nintendo finally provides the player with a reason to keep coming back, other than to rid the land of all of those blasted weeds.

As Mayor you will be spending the majority of your time making money, lots and lots of money. You'll need it in order to build a new public work project, such as a bridge that'll cost you 128,000 Bells, or to establish a new ordinance there is a processing fee of 20,000 Bells. Along with paying off your debt to the infamous loan-shark Tom Nook, filling your house with pretty things and lavishing yourself with new getups, the continuously burning hole in your wallet can feel pretty menacing. However, there are many secret ways of making money very quickly in New Leaf, most of which have something to do with that tropical island that Tortimer has moved to. Hmm…

When you’re not busy collecting signatures from townsfolk in order to build clubs and other facilities, the gameplay reverts back to the familiar slow-paced grounds of Animal Crossing: Let’s Go to the City and Animal Crossing: Wild World, allowing you to spend your in-game minutes however you choose, from promenading barefoot along the moonlit sandy shores, to catching bugs, fishing for sharks, diving into the deep blue or even dancing to DJ K.K.’s electro beats.

There are a few new additions to New Leaf to look forward to, such as brand new characters and animal species (hamsters and deer) and new types of fruit such as lemons, bananas and durians. The Main Street and town also accommodate new buildings, such as a Gardening Shop run by the adorable sloth Leif, Club LOL which is a new theatre-come-nightclub hosted by Dr Shrunk and DJ K.K., Brewster’s Café which replaces the Roost from previous games, Tom Nook’s new business endeavour Nook’s Homes — which works as a housing remodelling shop — and a Campsite for travelling animals to stay at, to name a few. Most establishments can be upgraded by spending a certain amount of Bells, such as the Museum which now expands onto two floors, with an additional gift shop and personal display section.

Visually Animal Crossing has always been a treat to look at – bright colourful sceneries, cheery cartoonish characters, vibrant colours and rounded child-like designs — and New Leaf is no exception. The implementation of 3D adds a lovely amount of depth to the on-screen images, allowing you to easily discern nearby objects from those further away, and works brilliantly with the revolving globe landscape design. New Leaf has also amended character designs by altering the heights of certain animals, so that elephants are no longer the same size as squirrels; it’s not a huge improvement, but certainly makes a town populated by bickering animals look as realistic as it possibly can.

The music and sound effects of New Leaf are also on par with the serenely orchestrated melodies of its DS, Wii, Gamecube and N64 cousins, providing the perfect soothing background to the relaxing world of Animal Crossing. Once again, players can also obtain recordings of K.K. Slider’s songs to play at their leisure in their own in-game houses, as well as the bonus option of album posters to adorn every wall. Subtle sound effects are also of a high quality, from the bubbling of water beneath the waterfall, to the cooing of the owl which watches over the town’s notice board at night, everything helps to create a convincing real-life town setting full of energy and life.

It can be argued that the Animal Crossing franchise is best suited to Nintendo’s portable systems, as there is no greater feeling of satisfaction than taking your town with you to your best friend’s house, linking up and then axing dozens of their trees, stealing their fruit, and sitting back to watch their helpless expressions. New Leaf allows players to hook up either locally or far away via online access, meaning that a European gamer can happily run amuck in their American friend’s town if they have an invitation to do so. However, if you want to cause total chaos and destruction in neighbouring towns without losing all your friends, you can use the facilities of the all-new Dream Suite, which for the small sum of 500 Bells allows you to visit other towns in dream-mode; anything you do will not affect the real state of the town – which is pretty much an open invitation to go mental with the shovel and axe.

StreetPass is also available to use in New Leaf, collecting data from passing players and allowing you to access their homes and mail-order their furniture from the boulevard on the Main Street. Finally, any custom clothing designs created at the Able Sisters’ shop can also be saved as QR codes and scanned in by friends, giving players an easy way to share their favourite creations, while in-game screenshots that are exported to the SD card are a fun extra.

Conclusion

New Leaf is designed to be played in small chunks, every day, over a very long period of time, and stresses this fact by slowly unwinding events in real-time. Yet it is apparent from only a comparably short time — as opposed to months and years — spent with the game that Nintendo has done a great deal to address the complaints of its Wii predecessor, and provided plenty of exciting new features and buildings to enjoy. Taking on the role of Mayor is a great innovation to the series, finally giving the player a real reason to keep coming back time and time again.

It's a shame that powers of the Mayor are slightly limited to installing benches, instating pre-designated laws and occasionally building bigger venues, however the vibrant visuals and delightful gameplay of New Leaf stop this from ever becoming too much of a problem, making New Leaf the latest essential member of your 3DS collection.

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User Comments (203)

Aviator

#1

Aviator said:

Great review Katy.

Really looking forward to having everyone come over to Gagaville.

Woots

#2

Woots said:

This is literally THE game I bought my 3DS for on launch day. I haven't been this excited about a video game ever. Great review, Katy!

Haxonberik

#3

Haxonberik said:

Nice to see this makes a good change, as opposed to the almost copy-paste Wii version. I'm really looking forward for this, and I hope the series takes off as in Japan.

tchaten

#4

tchaten said:

Any idea how big the eShop download will be for this title - that will help me figure out if I'll be getting the cartridge or it digitally

RupeeClock

#6

RupeeClock said:

Oh I am so looking forward to my free download code arriving this coming Friday 14th.
Gotta love that so many games promotion! :D

Folkloner

#8

Folkloner said:

A decent review, although a paragraph or two on the multiplayer experience, increased customisation options and added gameplay features available on the new island should have been included.

Whopper744

#10

Whopper744 said:

oo my hard earned 40 bucks.....to spend or not to spend...if only i knew other people who were getting this game

TeslaChippie

#15

TeslaChippie said:

@skyluigi2 I'm glad it impressed NL this much. Animal Crossing is like a staple of my life, so this pretty much guarantees it's going to be a "10"-worthy experience for me!

PvtOttobot

#16

PvtOttobot said:

Since my free (so many games) game was a glitch (due to double points for my FE:A download) I decided against getting a game (AC) that I would definitely be buying so as to support Nintendo at the same time as getting a free copy of a game (Luigi's ghost mansion) that I otherwise wouldn't have bought.

Klimbatize

#17

Klimbatize said:

I would have liked to hear a little more about the multiplayer aspect of the game. I heard there are mini-games or something to play against each other?

Hunter-D

#18

Hunter-D said:

Phew, good thing I'm getting this for free and digitally to boot! I will no doubt be playing this every day!

Great review by the way.

NImH

#20

NImH said:

I really need to re-friend a bunch of you long-time N-Lifers I lost in my 3DS repair job. C'mon Sunday! It's time to chop down some trees!
Awesome review @Superconsole. You lucky earlybird.

NintyMan

#21

NintyMan said:

This will be my first Animal Crossing game. It seems fun and the customization has me interested, and on top of that I'll get to see for myself why Tom Nook is so feared.

tchaten

#22

tchaten said:

@clavier141 Okay cool - debating whether to get this digitally - of all the games this makes sense to have always available - hop in a little bit each day - this is my first Animal Crossing game - so I'm not sure if I'll be playing this for months or years on end ...

Superconsole

#24

Superconsole said:

@MetallicDonkey @P184 Hey guys, I wanted to keep the review as short and sweet as possible (while keeping a few things secret for players to experience on their own), as obviously there a loooads of new features in New Leaf which I couldn't possibly cover in one review.

To answer your question, the Tropical Island does features lots of mini-games for players (and their local/online friends) to experience, such as bug-catching, fishing, ore-mining competitions and matching games. You win medals which can be exchanged for island-exclusive items!

If anyone else has any questions which I haven't covered in the review, feel free to ask me here, I'm more than happy to help! :)

tchaten

#25

tchaten said:

@Luigifan141 Why Sunday - seems like Friday would have been a much better option - now all the kids in school will be playing Animal Crossing :)

Prof_Elvin_Gadd

#26

Prof_Elvin_Gadd said:

Next week's schedule: Sunday - Animal Crossing New Leaf, Monday through Thursday - E3, Tuesday - Wii U Nintendo Direct, Friday - The Last of Us, Friday Night - Man of Steel 3D

Greatness.

@Superconsole Good review! The length was just fine and conveyed a good amount of information.

Grilo

#28

Grilo said:

I bought my 3ds years ago just because of this game... I'll probably buy a Wii U when they announce AC for it too.

ajcismo

#30

ajcismo said:

Ordered the pack-in 3DS for my wife for her bday. Don't tell her, its a surprise.

Arcamenel

#33

Arcamenel said:

I bought a used copy of Wild World last month from Gamestop and I'm absolutely hooked on the game. Everything I've read from here and other places tells me they've just made the game even better so this will be my first downloaded retail game.

ledreppe

#37

ledreppe said:

Getting this as a free download as part of the European 'So Many Games' promotion. Can't wait, the 1GB download will be an excruciating wait!

datamonkey

#38

datamonkey said:

@tchaten - I thought I read somewhere that its about 6000 blocks in size...

My only gripe with AC is the fact that the main characters repeat themselves over and over again. People like Tom Nook end up driving me round the freaking bend after the 100th time going into his shop!

I hope this game changes that!

Rect_Pola

#40

Rect_Pola said:

What about the grass? Has Nintendo slipped us another diatribe by way of gameplay on their hatred of grass?

suburban_sensei

#41

suburban_sensei said:

Wonderful review, Katy! It got me more excited for the game than I already was (which was a lot). So glad this is pre-ordered and paid off...now Sunday needs to hurry up and get here so I can start cleaning up the city!

Arianabtd

#43

Arianabtd said:

Great review Katy ^^.

I seriously bought my 3DS for this game, and I can't believe it's already almost here!
I'm dying from anticipation.

KongFu

#45

KongFu said:

Thank you NOE for delivering it free of charge and digitally, so I can play it anytime and anywhere.... ^^

XCWarrior

#49

XCWarrior said:

Still on the fence about it. Still doesn't sound like you do all that much, even though you do more than in the past. Having played the GCN one a lot, it was mostly to find the NES games.

Maybe when someone does a B2G1 sale, I'll pick this up. We'll see.

Good review though, well written.

Shadowkiller97

#51

Shadowkiller97 said:

Anyone know if you can have multiple saves on one cartridge? I only have one 3DS in the house and want to know if there is a need to buy multiple copies?

Morpheel

#52

Morpheel said:

@Erica_Hartmann: the first one was for the 64 (Animal Forest), it was never released as is outside of Japan, we instead got a modified version of the Gamecube port (Animal Forest +).

The localization team did such a good job at adapting it that they retranslated it to japanese and sold it as "Animal Forest +e".

Morpheel

#53

Morpheel said:

@Shadowkiller97 yes, you can have up to four players living in the same town but only the first one gets to be the mayor, but that's not really all that important.

TeslaChippie

#56

TeslaChippie said:

I am getting the 3DS XL limited edition, because I want it on my console always and don't wanna wait for it to download! lol

StephenYap3

#57

StephenYap3 said:

Great review. As a portable title, I hope I'll enjoy it. I haven't been able to enjoy Wild World. I did enjoy the original and City Folk, though.

Luigifan141

#58

Luigifan141 said:

@tchaten It's not my idea to release it on a Sunday. :|

Then again, I'll be downloading it at 11:00 PM on Saturday night, so to me, it will come out a day early anyway.

Xiao_Pai

#59

Xiao_Pai said:

Huh...never knew about the N64 version, lol.
Anyways time to go make these days go by insanely fast. plays Monster Hunter 3U/Sins of a Solar Empire/Oracle of Ages/Seasons xD

bahooney

#61

bahooney said:

@Superconsole I'm really interested in the soundtrack of the game. Does it feature primarily recycled material from Wild World/Let's Go To The City, or is it mostly new tracks for the overworld, changing with each hour? The reason I ask is because I REALLY digged the soundtrack of the original, but was pretty disappointed with WW/LGTTS.

Dpullam

#62

Dpullam said:

This will end up being my first Animal Crossing game ever. I'm pretty stoked to finally be able to play one. I hope this game lives up to the hype for me!

bassoongoon

#63

bassoongoon said:

This looks pretty fun! If I'm not mistaking, this is the highest scoring AC on Nintendo Life. I might have to pick it up! I really liked Wild World.

DerpSandwich

#64

DerpSandwich said:

I was extremely disappointed with City Folk; I immediately regretted buying it and only played it a handful of times. But it looks like this is just what it took to breath new life into the series. Saturday at 9pm, I'm downloading the crap out of it.

Superconsole

#65

Superconsole said:

@bahooney The soundtrack is pretty similar to Wild World, albeit with new tracks. It's mostly calming atmospheric music fitting with the season/time of day, and while it definitely changes throughout the course of the day, I'm not 100% certain that it changes every hour. A few of the more memorable character themes are back (e.g. Resetti's), but I do believe it's mostly new material.

DarkCoolEdge

#66

DarkCoolEdge said:

@HeatBombastic Oh, I'm sorry. I just wanted to share my opinion, you know, like in a forum. Sure, I didn't explain why but I didn't have time and most important, I did not insult anyone.

And yes, Animal Crossing is really boring to me. My loss ;)

Phantom_R

#67

Phantom_R said:

What I'm concerned about is that, even though New Leaf adds SO much to Animal Crossing, it doesn't do a single thing to correct any of the hundred flaws City Folk brought in. But... maybe being off the TV will help mitigate how City Folk was physically painfully slow compared to Wild World.

astros75

#68

astros75 said:

My only concern is how I'm gonna find time to sleep when I start playing! Can't wait!

Mickamott

#73

Mickamott said:

I preordered it, but unluckily the store won't do a midnight release due the the game not being "popular enough". Where do GameStop midnight release planners get off? I will be at the store when it opens, however, and the rest is history.

lividd3ad

#74

lividd3ad said:

I haven't been this excited for a game since Brawl 5 years ago. Long, drawn-out waits tend to have an effect on me, it would appear.

Nonetheless, there are only 10 days until I can join my new furry friends in St. Fart or whatever I'm calling my town... but it's going to feel longer than the last three years of waiting put together!

SchamMan89

#75

SchamMan89 said:

I appreciate the niche this game fills, and it clearly has a dedicated following.

I gave Wild World a shot back in the day, and was fairly bored by the whole thing. Maybe I'll give that game another shot to see if New Leaf is worth buying for me.

Jamester0722

#78

Jamester0722 said:

This is a good week. I have an interview for a new job Thursday, I'm buying my first Animal Crossing game Sunday, and I am taking vacation days Monday and Tuesday to watch e3! I'm ready for the end of the week!

ScruffyYoshi

#79

ScruffyYoshi said:

I love playing Animal Crossing in winter. Especially around Christmas. It's the only way your guaranteed a white Christmas in UK ^_^

gloom

#81

gloom said:

I have been eagerly waiting for this game since it was first announced and its easily my most anticipated game of the whole year. DAY ONE PURCHASE HERE I COME

astros75

#82

astros75 said:

Looks like Fire Emblem will have some company atop my activity log rankings. Can't wait to play it!

bofis

#83

bofis said:

@darkstar19 No, you are not. I loved the GC Animal Crossing (especially for the free VC games) and then was way too addicted to the DS Animal Crossing that I swore off the series as it was much too much of a time suck. If I'm going to play a game every day it'll be whatever game I'm working on at the moment, which right now (and for a while it seems) will be DKCR3D. This review tempts me so much, and I'd get a digital version so I could play it always, but then I'd be doing nothing else ever again.

Danglybits

#84

Danglybits said:

What do you think should i get this as my free game from so many games offer or Fire Emblem?
And does any one know if i get a new 3DS (was thinking of getting a 3DSXL or maybe Nintendo have a new model at E3?) can i still download the game (and all the other app and NES/GBA games to new 3DS)
Thanks & keep up the cool site

Linkuini

#85

Linkuini said:

Forget Tom Nook, what about Isabelle? She's the secretary of every town, she decides what kinds of laws the mayor can instate, and the mayor has no means of replacing her! Suspicious... :|

belmont

#86

belmont said:

Can you mute this stupid and annoying mpipmpip? The voice acting would work great in this game...

SCAR392

#87

SCAR392 said:

My brother and I are getting this day one, so we'll be able to play online when we are seperated. My brother is getting the Animal Crossing XL, while I'll be downloading the game on my own XL.
This game is a must have, IMO. I never knew Animal Crossing was on the N64 in Japan(I looked it up). I always just thought it was GCN.

Blaze

#89

Blaze said:

I kinda feel like I should get this game since everyone else is. D: I'll probably pick it up sometime anyway, especially since I've yet to give the series a try~

TonLoco

#90

TonLoco said:

Thinking I might download this. It will be my first time with any AC game. It sounds a bit like Harvest Moon and I like A New Beginning.

Mowzle

#93

Mowzle said:

I'm desperate for this game, and now I find I'll probably be too busy with visitors from the Friday onwards over the weekend to get to Game to pick up my pre-ordered copy until the Monday or Tuesday.
:(

manic221

#94

manic221 said:

Great review can't wait to get this game free as part of the "too many games" promotion :) Gonna be awesome!

Captain_Balko

#97

Captain_Balko said:

Muah hah hah... The citizens of Balkopolis are only a few short days away from meeting their new overlord... er, mayor. This is going to be fantastic.

MagicEmperor

#98

MagicEmperor said:

I'm still really stuck on what to name my town. That's the only thing about AC that troubles me; coming up with a name. Eh... we'll see.

I can't wait for this game. Oh, boy.

Oopsiwin

#101

Oopsiwin said:

I've been waiting years for this game!! I can't remember the last game I was this excited for.

GladChimer

#102

GladChimer said:

Since I have never played an Animal Crossing game before, I am a little worried about purchasing it right away as I intended to because of how it is a game that is apparently 'meant to be played in short chunks every day', as mentioned in the conclusion.
It sounds great, but right now, I might just be more in the mood for a game that I can enjoy over longer gameplay sessions.

Balaclavab

#103

Balaclavab said:

If I manage to catch that bleedy Scorpion on Wild World, I may get this.
(Oh, and the Golden Watering Can)

OptometristLime

#104

OptometristLime said:

I liked the review a lot, so I hope you don't mind a grammatical suggestion!

Superconsole wrote:

The Main Street and town also accommodate new buildings -snip- and a Campsite for travelling animals to stay at, to name a few.

I understand you are trying to convey at a glance the breadth of town-altering changes; perhaps a paragraph could better handle the range of variety amongst the new establishments?

Justaguest

#105

Justaguest said:

Aiming for 3+1 promotion. Already got Monster hunter and dk. now I have to pick two from those: fire emblem, luigis mansion and this:( hard choice

SheldonRandoms

#108

SheldonRandoms said:

Pre-ordered (along with Project X Zone), now all I got to do is wait....................IT'S JUST TO HARD TO DO, MY LEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mikeyman64

#109

mikeyman64 said:

Honestly, what drew me into the first AC game for GCN was the enchanting feel of the game presented by the Animal Crossing interactive website. It was probably the first time a website campaign actually intrigued me so much. I wonder if one of the internet archives has that site somewhere?

Anyway, every AC game that has come out I have purchased due to that same feel of enchantment. I hope this one brings as much laid-back splendor as it's predecessors.

k8sMum

#111

k8sMum said:

@GladChimer

i can almost guarantee that none of the AC lovers here will be playing NL in short chunks, especially at first. it can eat up play time like nothing else. harvest moon games are 'supposed' to be played in short chunks also! i don't know anyone who does it that way.

i will be downloading one for me and another for my grandson the 9th at midnite. i am so freakin' hyped! i boarded that train a long time ago, @TBD. lol.

Emaan

#112

Emaan said:

Nice review! We're so close to release it's crazy :O

Can't wait for June 9~

brandonbwii

#113

brandonbwii said:

@superconsole
I heard you can't send letters to other towns. How true is this, and if so, why do you think that Nintendo axed the feature? Can you bring fruit to your town in the dream world? Is Wendell always in the Dream Towns or only on certain days? Can you still buy a timer to form your own games?

brandonbwii

#114

brandonbwii said:

Can you still create constellations? Will they show up in friends towns this time? (that happened in Wild World but didn't in City Folk).

Giygas_95

#115

Giygas_95 said:

Can't wait for this. We've known about five big 3DS games (that I can think of) since the early days of the 3DS's life: SML3D, LMDM, SF643D, Sticker Star, and ACNL. Now they are almost all released!

I'm looking forward to getting a gas mask and designing a haz-mat suit for my character (or something that looks like one at least). :D I hope you can transfer your character from a previous AC game like WW or CF.

GladChimer

#116

GladChimer said:

@k8sMum Thank you for clarifying!
It only took that much to hype me up for the game's launch again.
As long as there is a lot to do and enjoy, I am in.

Klunk23

#117

Klunk23 said:

Can't wait. I definitely agree that animal crossing is better as a handheld game than a console game.

Giygas_95

#118

Giygas_95 said:

@Eastlondon Fire Emblem costs $5 more to download in NA than ACNL will, and I don't know if that same sort of thing applies in EU, but if it does, I'd get the slightly more expensive game with your free games promotion.

AppealPlay

#119

AppealPlay said:

I can not contain m excitement for the new Animal Crossing. I love this series and the overwhelmingly positive reviews have me giddy with anticipation!

Zodiak13

#120

Zodiak13 said:

Ready to rock some AC. Digital for me, wanna play anytime I feel. Since I almost never don't have my XL with me, I can play anytime. Ah yeah, gettin stoked to fish already.

dadajo

#121

dadajo said:

Ugh... Project X Zone or Animal Crossing? Hard choice for me. I never played both franchises, I only can get one, and both look awesome. Sorry X zone I guess I will have to get you later (goes and gets Animal Crossing).

Relias

#122

Relias said:

I was never interested in Animal Crossing.. looks like I am avoiding this...

Mowzle

#124

Mowzle said:

Now had time to read the review through properly. Thank you Katy - enjoyable and informative. I assume you are joking, but I do have a bit of a problem with this:-
"there is no greater feeling of satisfaction than taking your town with you to your best friend’s house, linking up and then axing dozens of their trees, stealing their fruit, and sitting back to watch their helpless expressions".
Maybe it's my age, or maybe I have an abnormal attitude to gaming, but I always put a lot of heart into my little town and I would be devastated if someone did that to it during a play session. I do hope that isn't a general trend.

Superconsole

#125

Superconsole said:

@Mowzle Haha yes I was joking. In honesty, I have waaay to big a guilty conscience to do that to anyone. If that was my town I'd cry for days! :P
Saying that, a friend (now acquaintance) of mine did axe some of my trees in Wild World a few years back.. It didn't end well.

Mowzle

#126

Mowzle said:

Thanks Katy, didn't think you'd be one to do that, but I know it can happen.
Choose one's friends carefully is the rule of thumb I guess.
Cheating at fishing and bug catching is a different matter however...... :)

Superconsole

#127

Superconsole said:

@brandonbwii I think what you've heard is right, you don't seem to be able to send letters to other towns that you've visited, only your own townsfolk and 'Future Me'. Not sure why they'd axe this feature... I'd presume in order to accommodate all the new features they've put in?
You can't take anything to or from the dream world, only the drawings which Wendell gives you. However, Wendell doesn't function like he normally would in the dreams, you don't have to give him any food and he will give you a pattern from the town your visiting, not the normal patterns he gives out in the 'real world'. I think Wendell pops up every time you visit a dream town.
Yep you can still buy a timer! I think it pops up for sale after you've expanded the convenience store for the first time.
I don't think the Observatory exists any more (although I could be mistaken), as Celeste now works in the museum gift shop which pops up after you've expanded your museum to the 2nd floor.

Hope this answers everything! :)

Drewroxsox

#128

Drewroxsox said:

I'm not really sure about this game. Everyone here seems to want it, but I don't know if it's the kind of game that I'll actually be glad that I purchased it. Nintendo marketed it as a kiddie game, and that is what has me on the fence about it. Maybe once a few people that I know have tried it out, I might get it, depending on what they think of the game.

Harrison_Peter

#129

Harrison_Peter said:

AC is an acquired taste. I appreciated the previous games for what they were, but they just weren't for me. But I've played a bit of the Japanese version (I borrowed it) and loved it. Maybe it's because I've changed, but I love this game for relaxing, being creative, and using the social features. From what I've seen, the game will be 10 times better if you have (or make) friends that also play the game so you can interact with them and visit their towns.

It's the kind of game that would be almost impossible to make a useful demo for. It's a shame, because I know there are a lot of people sitting on the fence.

Doma

#131

Doma said:

Looks like much of it is just recycled stuff, right down to using the exact same avatars with those creepy shifted eyes. I'll pass.

Whopper744

#132

Whopper744 said:

I am thinking I want this more and more...i just wish I knew peopel personally that were also getting this. OH well! Thank goodness for this site.

Shy_Kai

#133

Shy_Kai said:

This game looks mighty interesting; definitely worth buying. Perhaps a good game to get into the series with.

Lulzwagon

#135

Lulzwagon said:

I need to inject this game into my veins immediately. After the disappointment of City Folk, I can't wait to jump back on the Animal Crossing train.

flummerfelt

#136

flummerfelt said:

I remember playing AC on the GameCube, & it was one of the reasons I bought a DS when Wild World came out. The way New Leaf looks so far makes me think it'll be the best one yet. Definitely a day 1 purchase, even though I'm overloaded with amazing 3ds titles.

zeldagaymer93

#137

zeldagaymer93 said:

Wow, all of these 90%+ reviews are really getting me stoked! I wasn't originally planning on buying this game but after all of this praise it seems like I'm going to! I haven't played Animal Crossing since Gamecube days!

hydeks

#138

hydeks said:

I've been iffy about Animal Crossing games in the past, but I think I'll give this entry a chance, it interests me alot. Great review! :)

GameLord08

#139

GameLord08 said:

Nice review, Katy.

This game is so close I'm actually streaming tears right now, omg. ;___;

brandonbwii

#140

brandonbwii said:

@superconsole
Thanks for getting back to me. I saw an early video where it looked as if you could create your own exibits on the second floor of the museum. Is this true? If so, what kind of exibits can you create and are there any limits?

OptometristLime

#143

OptometristLime said:

@brandonwii
I'm not aware of an Animal Crossing version that allows written communication across towns, except perhaps City Folk(?). Was that feature touted in an earlier build of New Leaf?

Jamester0722

#144

Jamester0722 said:

@DerpSandwich Do you have a WiiU? My NintendoID is Jamester0722 (anyone reading this that would like to add me as a friend on WiiU, go ahead. The more the merrier!)

LindsayPez

#146

LindsayPez said:

I neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed this game. NOW!! I'm pregnant and life has been so stressful. Being able to escape inside a new Animal Crossing adventure is exactly what I need!! Why won't Sunday come faster?! I'm loving these comments, seeing people are feeling the same way I am!

Nintendude789

#147

Nintendude789 said:

Decent review! But not excited for the game at all. I rather get Project X Zone or wait for Smash Bros.

Cesco

#148

Cesco said:

I'm going to get it without paying a dime. Well, actually I live in Europe and since I already bought Luigi Mansion 2, Fire Emblem and DK Country returns, Nintendo will give me a free copy of the game. Lucky me :-)

Number_6

#149

Number_6 said:

Awesome. I started playing a little Gamecube Animal Crossing last week to "get in the mood" for New Leaf. Big mistake, now I'm playing the GC version. There goes a year or two.

Just reading about someone cutting down all of my trees is almost too much! If someone actually did that to my town, I would feel like going Red Wedding.

MikalM

#150

MikalM said:

Looking forward to this when it's released. Chose it as my 'free game' during the Nintendo So Many Games promotion.

MeloMan

#151

MeloMan said:

Ugh... as much as I try, I STILL always end up getting AC. Here I go again...

Mowzle

#153

Mowzle said:

@Superconsole:
Would you know whether the "save file" for this game is on the game cart itself, or is created on the SD card?
I ask this because I'm wondering if the cart version could be played in any 3DS console in the same way I could play Wild World in either my DS or my DSiXL.

Gioku

#154

Gioku said:

SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY!!!
ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW LEAF
COMING EXCLUSIVELY TO THE 3DS-DOME!!!
:P

TeslaChippie

#155

TeslaChippie said:

@Mowzle If it's like the Fire Emblem special edition, the save is made to the game data itself on the SD card. The SD card can be used in other systems, but the game will ONLY BOOT in the system it came with, unless you perform a system transfer. This should only be a problem if you plan on buying another 3DS in the near future :)

Roachant

#156

Roachant said:

Definite purchase but what to do...download it or get a hard copy... Decisions decisions.

Phantom_R

#158

Phantom_R said:

@Roachant You can redownload software as many times as you have SD cards. So, for something like Animal Crossing: New Leaf... that means infinite towns! In general, Animal Crossing is the kind of game where you want download over retail.

Daggo

#159

Daggo said:

Great review for an awesome game! Thank you!

I know I'm in the minority but I'd looove to see a WiiU version of this game. I'd really like to see some sweet Gamepad features included, such as local multiplayer :P

eviLaTtenDant

#160

eviLaTtenDant said:

Sounds like you can play some of the game mission-based this time. I didn't expect that, sounds good.

Tony3DS

#162

Tony3DS said:

Nice review, I was going to wait to read it in case of spoilers, but I couldn’t help myself!

stevenm

#163

stevenm said:

hi cant wait for this game next week plz could you add me on 3ds and I will add you just tell me you added it my code is

1676-3953-3392

bizcuthammer

#165

bizcuthammer said:

I'll probably pick this up. It'll be a good game to play while i have nothing else to play since Pikmin 3 won't be out til August 4. I can easily get addicted early on to AC, but almost always lose interest after 4-6 months. The first game on GCN i played for probably 2 years almost daily. Wild World and City Folk onky for about 6 months and 4 months respectively. Hopefully with all the new additions, new leaf can keep me coming back for at least a year.

Mowzle

#166

Mowzle said:

@TeslaChippie:

Thanks for that, I suspected that would be the case. I like to run a couple of towns and have pre-ordered the cart which I will play on my handsome new pink 3DSXL. I'll download another copy onto my older 3DSXL which I'll be getting as part of the "So Many Games" promotion. It's a real bonus! Not planning a System Transfer at the moment.
:)

MrBrownie

#167

MrBrownie said:

@superconsole Thanks for this brilliant review. I had Wild World a couple years ago and I really loved it, so I'm totally psyched for New Leaf! I do however have a question about this game: If you were to go to someone else's town online in the Dream Suite and see something you like, are you allowed to purchase that item right then and there?
Speaking of new, I'm also new to my 3DS so I was wondering if anyone would like to swap friend codes with me? Mine is 1005-9124-1550

Superconsole

#170

Superconsole said:

@MrBrownie Glad you found it useful. You can't order replicas of other players items during the dream mode, but you can order most furniture from players you've streetpassed in the streetpass avenue of the main street. All the online features sound a little confusing down on paper but all will become clear once you boot up the game!

SqueedilyPlays

#173

SqueedilyPlays said:

I've been a huge fan of this series for a while. Pre-ordered it and I'm excited like crazy for this game.

BigBluePanda

#174

BigBluePanda said:

I love how Animal Crossing went from a Japan only obscure game to one of Nintendo's most successful franchises.

Really hoping this title will capsize the 3DS into more success. Much looking forward to grabbing my free copy.

Giygas_95

#175

Giygas_95 said:

We're sooooo close now. I don't normally hype for games, but in this instance I probably will.

HYPE!

-Ace

#179

-Ace said:

aw shucks, the download is too big for my 3DS atm. I think I'll buy the physical copy ;-;

Varia01

#183

Varia01 said:

My bro REALLY wants to play this game. I, however, do not take much interest these type of games. I hope he'll be satisfied with this...

Supremeist

#184

Supremeist said:

My special edition 3DS XL comes in today! I am way too excited. Not only to start my town in New Leaf, but to finally be upgraded to the XL.

Also, great review.

Burning_Spear

#185

Burning_Spear said:

It hasn't even been a week, but I have to say that this is the best AC yet. It's kind of like Harvest Moon in that I have the feeling that there is not enough time to do everything I want to do. And yet I can still do nothing and leave it all for another day.

element187

#186

element187 said:

I have never played an animal crossing game.. do you think my wife would like it? She loves those farmville, cityville type games on facebook.

MikalM

#187

MikalM said:

Codes are now live on UK Nintendo site for anyone in the So Many Games promotion (as of 11pm UK time).

Have fun doods!

GTWarrior77

#190

GTWarrior77 said:

This is my 1st animal crossing game. I was skeptic at first to be honest, and felt like a gamble when I bought the game. But now I can't put the darn game down. Absolutely brilliant.

Lewwhyguy

#193

Lewwhyguy said:

An over-all great game. The 3D looks great, but who honestly cares, the Game-play is FANTASTIC. One of the best on 3DS (so far)!

93/100

JaxonH

#196

JaxonH said:

@Andrewroxsox
That's exactly how I felt too! I buy every good Nintendo game they release that's a main part of a franchise, not a dumb spinoff, with the exception of Pokemon and Animal Crossing. However, after reading endless hype and inadvertantly watching countless gameplay vids, my interest in BOTH games started to peak. After some investigative youtubing, and a sale on Walmart and Amazon for about $25, I gave in and decided to give AC a try. If I don't like it, oh well. It was only $25 and will still be a great addition on my shelf of 1st party titles. As for Pokemon X/Y, I found out after a good deal of research that Nintendo always releases a third game after every new generation of paired games that serves as a "remade master copy" of sorts, so I'll probably wait until the inevitable Pokemon Z is released, and just buy that. I actually am quite excited to see what's so great about these franchises, and am trying to keep an open mind toward new gaming experiences.

JaxonH

#197

JaxonH said:

@-Ace
If you're into digital downloads, you can always upgrade to a bigger SD card! Not sure the max that's compatible with 3DS, but I'd assume 32gb, since that's the max for Wii and Wii U. Speaking of which, I think Newegg has 32gb SD cards on sale for like $17 w/free shipping, but they're pretty cheap everywhere now. Still, can't go wrong with physical- for collectibility, for resell value, and for insuring your game doesn't tank if your 3DS does.

Alexnaru

#199

Alexnaru said:

Mine is 0576-4286-6525
Just started a town recently would love some visitors or visit someone.

PerriPlum

#202

PerriPlum said:

I'm so glad I jumped into the franchise. Actually, I tripped and fell.
Seriously, before I started my first game, first town, I fell on a sidewalk.

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