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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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NoName said:
First commercial is live, and it's awesome. At least, I think so!

My frothing demand for this game increases by the minute! With AC:NL releasing just a couple of days before Nintendo Directs and E3... I just may explode with glee.

I need this....NOW
Posted: 05/24/13, 04:14:51  - Edited by 
 on: 05/24/13, 04:16:05
I'm enjoying the commercial. I cannot wait for this game. My most anticipated title since... Skyward Sword?
Posted: 05/24/13, 05:21:11
Andrew Goldfarb of IGN said:
It’s impossible to stop playing Animal Crossing. Even if I intend to jump in for five minutes with one specific goal, there are always dozens of other things I can do. On my way to sell some turnips, I might see a fossil I can dig up and donate to the museum. On the way back from that, I see a bug I haven’t caught yet. Then one of my neighbors asks me to help him find a new shirt. Then I see a present on a balloon and have to pull out my slingshot…

A fine quote and there's more where that came from. Random people from IGN have voiced their opinions on the game, since they've got some review copies in... looks damn promising.


Also, I added a link to a nifty patten creator on the web. Slapped it up in the OP. Perhaps some of you will want to pre-make some essentials. Here is the link again though. Pattern Maker
Posted: 05/24/13, 14:56:21  - Edited by 
 on: 05/24/13, 15:05:47

Aaaargh, my hype is building! This game needs to release today! Seriously!
Posted: 05/24/13, 16:31:56
i got my girlfriend really hyped for this game. She is actually more hyped than I am now... I need to play this game asap.....
Posted: 05/24/13, 17:21:32
I was watching Nintendo's Animal Crossing: New Leaf videos the other day. There's a new feature where the houses of people you Streetpass will show up in a plaza and you can visit them. It's different from visiting a village because you don't have to know the person. NOA understands that we Americans have far less Streetpasses, on average, than people in Japan, so they are working on pushing some out to us via Spotpass. I was afraid my plaza would be forever empty, so I hope they manage to get it working!

I'm definitely ready to jump back into Animal Crossing.
Posted: 05/24/13, 19:33:39

I want to read that!.... but I wont. I'm on "new surprises" lock down.
Posted: 05/24/13, 20:37:54
So... do we know yet whether you can actually affect a friend's town or not? I know there is the whole "play in a copy of their town", but I don't know if that is the only way to play.

This is kind of a big thing to me. A whole part of of the appeal to me in Animal Crossing is coming back to my town not knowing what to expect, which would be doubly awesome if you guys could do things in my town when I'm away.

I'd also have more motivation to visit other towns if I felt like the things that I did mattered.
Posted: 05/24/13, 20:43:08

There's two versions from what I understood. One if your friend isn't there then you can see a copy of their town, but if they are they can let you in as normal. But i'm not so sure how the "dream version" works.
Posted: 05/24/13, 20:46:12
@DrFinkelstein But I specifically want it so that when I'm not there, they can mess around with things, and I'll be surprised when I get back. Boo!

Also how does this game have a rating already?!
Posted: 05/24/13, 21:01:31
Do I still have to water flowers and does the grass decay? That's a deal breaker for me
Posted: 05/24/13, 21:14:43
@CPA Wei You can set a town ordinance to make it where you don't have to water plants. As for "animal tracks", haven't heard anything, and I'll take that as a good sign. No one like animal tracks.
Posted: 05/24/13, 22:01:37  - Edited by 
 on: 05/24/13, 22:02:25

I don't think you can have unsupervised change. I get why you'd want to, but the repercussions are way troublesome.

Also, we have a rating because of particularly excited fan. I asked him to remove it but I've heard nothing.
Posted: 05/25/13, 00:56:43
@DrFinkelstein The repercussions may be troubling but I am an adult and can make my own decisions! I wish they would have allowed it as an option. It's a bit of a serious downer for me, to be honest.

Still will be fun though.
Posted: 05/25/13, 00:58:03

I think though that the fun you'd get from that would be inconsistent... so it's not worth them implementing it. HOWEVER I get how being at our site and knowing our friends and posters here, we'd have quite a different experience if we kept it in the family, as I know I would. So yeah, total shame.
Posted: 05/25/13, 05:21:33
CPA Wei said:
Do I still have to water flowers and does the grass decay? That's a deal breaker for me
The grass does not decay like the Wii version. I have ran my avatars ass off for the last few weeks and I have not had any brown crap replace my lovely green grass. Thank you Nintendo for righting the terrible wrong you created.
Posted: 05/25/13, 06:14:53

I wish they still had it, but fixed it. Or that you could define paths and as they were walked on it would work.
Posted: 05/25/13, 18:14:04
I heard they had animal tracks but it's a lot slower than before. I heard that from some YouTubers who've been playing since the Japanese release.
Posted: 05/27/13, 18:11:27
Streetpass features sound pretty nice.
Posted: 05/27/13, 18:25:09
I had asked this before but on the wrong thread - can you turn off the 'rolling log' camera style used in this game? I could be interested in it at some point, but I think the camera is really annoying from what I've seen in videos.
Posted: 05/27/13, 18:42:07
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