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Animal Crossing: New Leaf Discussion (Nintendo 3DS) [game]
9.02/10 from 35 user ratings

Welcome to the official discussion thread for Animal Crossing: New Leaf on the 3DS!

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Animal Crossing: New Leaf Review (Nintendo 3DS) (9.7)  by  

Animal Crossing... I still remember getting up early before heading to my high school classes just to see what Tom Nook was selling that day. This game series has always held such a dear place in my heart. I think it has to do with the fact that heading to the land of Plaisant, Tranquil, or other towns of mine always being a great escape for me. Making Bells, filling my catalog, and fishing in the ocean were always points of peace for me. While I've been very public about my discontent with AC: City Folk, I have a new-found hope once more for New Leaf. From all the information that has been dished out due to the game's release already in Japan, and Nintendo pushing more information through Nintendo Directs, I am confident this game will be a fresh take on a classic and comforting idea.

The game released in North America on June 9th, 2013 and released in other territories shortly after.

Please use this thread for all discussion on the game. If you would like to make trades or visit towns, please use the specific Animal Crossing New Leaf Trading Thread for further assistance. It makes more sense to keep this focused on the gameplay and game discussion while leaving bartering out of it. There are no Friend Codes this time around for Animal Crossing, which is a blessing! Many of us have already befriended ourselves via the 3DS Friend Codes Thread thread. That thread will be where we continue to befriend each other and trade 3DS IDs for the sake of visiting each other's towns.

Many many years ago I discovered a wonderful Animal Crossing website which has a great catalog feature set up. Now, the new game will mean it'll take time for the site to get a full correct catalog up and running but I expect it to work beautifully once more to allow anyone to track their catalog there. You can find this website at the Animal Crossing Community page. They also have forums there which are very active right now in anticipation of this game. Granted, the general age of the members of that site fall a bit lower than here, but I've found over all the years I've been there that the discussion is still mostly pleasant and easy.

Lastly, I want you all to enjoy the music from this new game or any of the games, whenever you want. The following site will allow you to hear the "Xam" or "Xpm" music that would naturally occur in your life right now as if you were in the game. You can select from any of the Animal Crossing games and the music will continually loop until the hour changes. It's pretty cool. You can find that page here. It's by default at the City Folk music.

So again, everyone enjoy this game! Enjoy this discussion! If you're interested in being negative about the title, just find your way to a different thread for that because this thread is about the experience and meant to bring the community together during the launch of one of the most community driven games Nintendo offers.

Say hello to Kapp'n, cause we're about to make it into town on June 9th.

(One more quick note; Keep an eye out for the game's review, which I will write sometime in the end of June probably.)

Pattern Creator - Turns any photo on your computer into a pattern (results may vary)

A 2013 Holidays Calendar can be found on Page 4 or at the link posted.

A Reviews Round-up can be found on Page 6 or at the link posted.

A Music Appreciation segment can be found on Page 7 or at the link posted.

A Nintendo World Store Release Photo Gallery can be found on Page 9 or at the link posted.

A list of Dream Towns of note can be found on page 25 or at the link posted.

For trading turnips and turnip discussion please use the Animal Crossing New Leaf Turnip Thread thread.

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Posted: 05/20/13, 01:54:34  - Edited by 
 on: 06/27/13, 00:31:21
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Posted: 06/13/13, 04:57:33

Oh yeah, don't mention the part where I totally kicked your ass at popping balloons
Posted: 06/13/13, 04:58:17

I was running around blindly for the first minute trying to figure out how the hell you 2 knew where to go ;p
Posted: 06/13/13, 05:01:58

I was running around collecting bananas and lychees!
Posted: 06/13/13, 05:51:59
missypissy said:
I got one of those fortune cookies but only got Varia Suit Boots.


Wanna trade? I don't have much yet. Pikmin planter, Pikmin hat, Bullet Bill thing.
Posted: 06/13/13, 06:00:16  - Edited by 
 on: 06/13/13, 06:00:50
yay I have a watering can! Now I need to start planning where to put my paths & flowers. Got 2 hybrids already, I was surprised.

I'm falling behind! How am I going to earn all the bells for my house expansion when WORK keeps getting in the way of AC!
Posted: 06/13/13, 07:31:35
Holy cow are some of those mini games fun! Especially the scavenge ones! Ploot, Luna and I were dead set on getting a gold on the Elite level version of it, and (although we stayed up way later than originally intended) we finally did it!

Posted: 06/13/13, 08:49:58
@TriforceBun INTERESTING. How much of this is accessible right away / early on? I'm reading that others have done the mini-game thing, but how do I invite people over and play mini-games?! On the island? How do I get to the island?!

As much as I like discovery, I'd also like the game to make it clear what multiplayer options are available and such, especially if I already have access to them!
Posted: 06/13/13, 08:55:37  - Edited by 
 on: 06/13/13, 08:58:11
That was SO MUCH fun! I'm exhausted but it was worth it!

You need to use the 'best friend' feature to message people but you refuse to do so for some reason.
Posted: 06/13/13, 09:04:55
I use the best friend feature! Maybe YOU'RE just not one of my BEST FRIENDS, ever think of THAT?

But wait... message how? Like, how do you actually get to the island / play the mini-games and why would it be connected to the best friend thingy?!
Posted: 06/13/13, 09:20:15
VofEscaflowne said:

Breaking Bad style.

Will have to remember options like this. LMAO. The game allowed me to post the greeting 'your butt reeks' but said I couldn't say 'hoof arted'.
Posted: 06/13/13, 09:47:44

After you get 100% approval rating as mayor, the next day, the old mayor (Tortimer) will be on the docks. Talk to him, and the day after that, you can finally go to the island whenever you want.

Speaking of which, the island is a GOLD MINE. Go down there at night to catch a buttload of bugs, each bringing in 4-digit prices. Makes fruit look almost obsolete...
Posted: 06/13/13, 17:18:23
@TriforceBun I suppose I don't mind the game slowly giving stuff out over time, as that is part of the appeal of Animal Crossing, but with multiplayer stuff I kind of wish that they would just give you access to it right away. Or at least some of it!

I guess that I'll just have to keep at this mayor stuff.
Posted: 06/13/13, 17:23:37  - Edited by 
 on: 06/13/13, 17:23:58
I kept trying to visit WickedSymphony and vids last night, but I couldn't for whatever reason.

Island's opening up today, but I had a heck of a haul last night. I brought in a shark, four barred-knifejaws, and five red snappers. So I paid for half of my second house expansion (49k or 98k) almost with that run alone!

Also funny, I put a lunar lander up for auction. One of my villagers bought it, then gave it back to me. So I put it up for auction again.

I'll open up my gate this evening if anyone wants to visit my island. I still need cherries, but I think I have everything else growing. I got a peach from Leonardo last night and planted it...hope it grows. Two orange trees and two pear trees sprouted (one orange sprout died).
Posted: 06/13/13, 17:26:15  - Edited by 
 on: 06/13/13, 17:28:12
The island at night makes getting bells almost too easy.

With the number of beetles/large fish you can catch, you can make soooo many bells off of just one trip.

Nook just told me my next house installment's going to cost 348k, and I know I'll be able to make more than enough tonight to pay it off when he gives it to me tomorrow morning, heh
Posted: 06/13/13, 18:47:16
I bought the hibiscus plant from the island but have no idea where it should be planted. I'm guessing the beach but has anyone successfully grown it yet?
Posted: 06/13/13, 18:56:22
Got to the island for a few minutes. I caught every bug that I hadn't yet and fished briefly. I went back to the museum and donated everything that was new, then sold all of my extra bugs/fish and made 10k bells. Not bad for 15ish minutes of work!


Are those the plants that are in the middle of the island?


Now that I'm there, I agree...but I'm going to try not to abuse it for that purpose. But if all of those public works are supposed to be funded by me (the majority of the funding anyway), then I see why the island is there.
Posted: 06/13/13, 20:42:41
I think the regular ground. The bush with flowers on my island was planted in the dirt, not the sand. My island trees sprouted when I correlated where I planted them at home based on where they were on the island. Coconuts in the sand, lychees in the dirt.

I scored a basket of cherries yesterday. I'll bring you some tonight if I can. Not sure what my evening looks like right now, though. Also, my perfect oranges were farther west than I thought, and they survived the arrival of Ken (he took out a regular tree and a regular orange tree...the weirdo). I'll bring you a replacement perfect orange when I can.

I think I've power upgraded my house enough. I've got the second floor being built tomorrow. I think I'll shift focus to just public works projects now. I'm trying to avoid overdoing the island. I don't want to spend hours every night catching the exact same bugs to basically finish the game before mid July. By basically finish, I mean the house fully upgraded and paid off, stores fully upgraded, and maxed out on public works projects.
Posted: 06/13/13, 21:02:53  - Edited by 
 on: 06/13/13, 21:06:35
There I was minding my own business, running around with my bug net. Then BAM! I get bit by a random ass spider. WTF! I've been searching for that a-hole ever since.
Posted: 06/13/13, 21:08:03

Nah, keep the perfect oranges and try for another tree...my perfect apple tree sprouted, so I think I'm good. My peach tree did in fact sprout, so I've got all base fruits but cherries once they grow in full (and if you're bringing some to me, then I'm good...if not, I think vids grows them).

Redd's in my town today. If you want to try your luck at a painting (if he'll ship out of town), I'll keep my gates open from like 7:00-9:00 CST.


Ah, the Tarantula. That was one of the first insects that I caught this time around. If your net is out when you get close to it, it'll charge and bite you...so you have to be facing it and be quick to catch it. They might also bite you if you step on them. The bite is harmless.

I found them easier to catch in Wild World and City Folk since you could basically run them off a ledge, then use your net to nab them from above safely...though a Scorpion did climb the wall once and sting me. That was freaky.
Posted: 06/13/13, 21:38:34
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