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Download: 'Photos with Animal Crossing' for Nintendo 3DS (UK Only)

'Photos with Animal Crossing' for Nintendo 3DS (UK Only)

We've got 5,000 download codes to give away...

With Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer being one of the major 3DS retail releases of the year, Nintendo has been keen to get the franchise back onto the agenda. In the UK the company has been heavily promoting free 3DS app Photos with Animal Crossing, distributing it at Hyper Japan in London, on its...

Video: Nintendo Produces Some Chirpy Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer TV Commercials

Nintendo Produces Some Chirpy Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer TV Commercials

If you're not happy, it's not for you

When Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer was unveiled, reactions within Nintendo Life HQ ranged from confusion, to more confusion, then bafflement. We could sort of figure out what it was supposed to be, but couldn't figure out how Nintendo was going to sell it - would it be free-to-play and need amiibo...

Preview: Getting Inside The Curiously Undemanding World Of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

Getting Inside The Curiously Undemanding World Of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

"I love what you've done here!"

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is one of those titles which has been instrumental in selling the Nintendo 3DS to the wider gaming public. When it launched in the west back in 2013 it appeared to trigger a rush of interest in Nintendo's portable system, and everyone seemed to be talking about it - sharing their...

News: Nintendo UK Sends Out Free Photos With Animal Crossing Download Codes

Nintendo UK Sends Out Free Photos With Animal Crossing Download Codes

You have mail

Nintendo UK is in the middle of a national tour around shopping malls, promoting current and upcoming releases on Wii U and 3DS. One promotion it's been running at events has been to give out free codes for Photos with Animal Crossing, an AR app for the 3DS that allows you to snap pics with some of your favourite animals. It's the...

News: Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and amiibo Festival Bundle Details Emerge

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and amiibo Festival Bundle Details Emerge

Including NFC reader info for North America

As part of a detail dump from Nintendo today, information on key bundles and extras for Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival have emerged. Release dates were already known for the 3DS title, and it's worth noting that amiibo Festival on Wii U still has a 'Holiday'...

News: Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Hits The Nintendo UK Store In A Multitude Of Bundle Options

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Hits The Nintendo UK Store In A Multitude Of Bundle Options

Pre-orders now open for business

Nintendo's official UK store has opened pre-orders for Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, and is offering a selection of bundle options related to the game. The game on its own is up for pre-order at £34.99 and comes with a special 3DS Kit, which includes: A universal system case which holds New Nintendo 3DS...

News: Nintendo of Europe Confirms Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Bundles and amiibo Pack Details

Nintendo of Europe Confirms Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Bundles and amiibo Pack Details

'Special' amiibo cards for character's houses not otherwise accessible

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer is arriving in Europe on 2nd October, and the region's subsidiary has now confirmed release details of various bundles and packs that'll give all 3DS owners a chance to get hold of the game and some amiibo cards. The cards themselves are...

News: Japanese Retailer Highlights Stock Issues With Animal Crossing amiibo Cards

Japanese Retailer Highlights Stock Issues With Animal Crossing amiibo Cards

Play-Asia is taking pre-orders, though...

Slowly and surely, the stock scenario with amiibo has become a little better. Through a combination of Nintendo churning out stock and retailers trying to help fans, more of the figures have been up for grabs. It's still difficult for hardcore collectors, of course, but there have been signs of progress...

News: Animal Crossing New 3DS Cover Plates Coming To Europe In October

Animal Crossing New 3DS Cover Plates Coming To Europe In October

Same day as Happy Home Designer, in fact

Nintendo's Italian office has confirmed that Animal Crossing New 3DS cover plates will be coming to Europe on October 2nd - the same day that Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer hits the console. Three plates will be available, one showing Isabelle, the other portraying K.K. Slider and the third showing a...

First Impressions: Getting Cosy With Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

Getting Cosy With Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

How to make a happy home

At Nintendo's E3 presentation two "spin-offs" based on the Animal Crossing series were shown: Animal Crossing amiibo Festival for Wii U, a Mario Party-style interactive board game, and Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer for 3DS - an interior design based title. To focus on Happy Home Designer, it left many questioning...

News: Sharing to Miiverse in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer is a Breeze

Sharing to Miiverse in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer is a Breeze

No booting into the Home Menu here

Nintendo recently updated the Japanese website for the upcoming Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer on the 3DS, and lots of new information about the sharing functionality within the game has been revealed. In addition to posting images to Twitter and Facebook via the Image Sharing feature - as was the case in...

News: Animal Crossing Series Director Explains the amiibo Focus of Happy Home Designer and amiibo Festival

Animal Crossing Series Director Explains the amiibo Focus of Happy Home Designer and amiibo Festival

"​I see these as spin-offs"

In the general trend of E3 delivering Nintendo franchises in unexpected forms, Animal Crossing amiibo Festival on Wii U joined the previously announced Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer as an unexpected update to the series. Aya Kyogoku, the series director, has been speaking to U

News: Animal Crossing Director Talks More About Happy Home Designer and amiibo

Animal Crossing Director Talks More About Happy Home Designer and amiibo

"To be sure, Happy Home Designer can be played without any Amiibo cards."

It's safe to say that fan reaction has been rather mixed towards the amiibo-centric focus of the two upcoming Animal Crossing games for Wii U and 3DS. While it's far too early to definitively judge the quality of these upcoming games, it's very apparent that these new games...

Video: Avert Your Eyes, This Japanese Animal Crossing Commercial Features Shameful Groping

Avert Your Eyes, This Japanese Animal Crossing Commercial Features Shameful Groping

Poor Tom Nook

Nintendo is pretty unique in the video game industry because unlike Sony and Microsoft, it actually spends money reminding people that some of its evergreen hits are still on sale. Take this latest Japanese commercial for Animal Crossing: New Leaf - a game that originally launched in that region in 2012 - featuring pop star Kyary...

News: Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival Is Basically Mario Party With KK Slider And Company

Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival Is Basically Mario Party With KK Slider And Company

Coming later this year with 4 amiibo in tow

Those of you expecting a fully-blown Animal Crossing game at this year's E3 may be disappointed, as Nintendo has announced Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival - a board-game style game which brings to mind the Mario Party series. The four amiibo leaked previously will launch alongside the game. Animal...

News: Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Promises Domestic Bliss This September

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Promises Domestic Bliss This September

New trailer shown at E3 2015

We've known a fair amount about Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer since it was initially revealed, especially following details in a recent Japanese Nintendo Direct. Nintendo confirmed North American release details in today's Digital Event, with release due on 25th September. This title will see you use amiibo cards...

Rumour: Animal Crossing and Pixel 8-Bit Mario amiibo Look Set For E3 Reveal

Animal Crossing and Pixel 8-Bit Mario amiibo Look Set For E3 Reveal

Nintendo Spain is to blame this time

It seems that inadvertent E3 reveals are continuing to spill out, this time courtesy of a sloppy promotional email sent out by Nintendo Spain. In a mailing to promote the new amiibo announced during Masahiro Sakurai's Super Smash Bros. Special Presentation, it seems that some artwork has outlined more of the...

News: K.K. Slider Hat and Outfit Confirmed as DLC for Super Smash Bros.

K.K. Slider Hat and Outfit Confirmed as DLC for Super Smash Bros.

It's a dog's life

While Mario Kart 8 has provided two core packs of fairly substantial DLC, Super Smash Bros. has delivered a range of options with one new fighter so far - Mewtwo - and a batch of Mii Fighter outfits. When you add all of the Smash Bros. DLC together there's already a hefty selection, albeit the outfits are limited to specific...