Perhaps not the most thrilling screenshot to show off

Rather like Retro Studios' stab at revitalising Donkey Kong, this is another rumour from last week that turned out true: Animal Crossing is heading to 3DS, as these screenshots prove.

Although the core graphical styling is unchanged from previous outings, the graphical improvement over the DS's Animal Crossing: Wild World is clear – textures appear crisper, with an eye for detail that wasn't possible on DS.

With little information available it's tough to tell how big a leap this will be over the previous entries in the series, and with existing furniture pictured in the screenshots it's clear this game won't be a radical overhaul of the gameplay system, but as soon as we have more facts we'll update this page to bring them to you. Until then, feast your eyes on these screenshots and the taller, leaner figures contained therein.