As part of today's Nintendo Direct broadcast, we were shown a little more of the upcoming free update to Animal Crossing: New Leaf. The update will introduce amiibo support and also be accompanied by a new wave of amiibo cards and a new retail edition of the game; the goal is clearly to give the 2013 title a new lease of life.

It was confirmed that a Mini Nintendo Direct focused on the update will come in the Fall / Autumn, though it seems we shouldn't expect it too soon. Nintendo's Japanese Twitter account has given a date of 2nd November for this broadcast.

It'll be interesting to see whether the Animal Crossing mobile game / app also features. Company President Tatsumi Kimishima previously outlined that the phone game would interact in some way with main games - perhaps New Leaf's update will also make this possible.

We'll find out in early November, in any case.

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