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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)
I heard about the decaying grass from the Wii version but since I never played it, I don't know how it works. Is it permanent? Can it be avoided?
I really wish the game would let you buy outside sprinklers so that everything planted within range of one wouldn't need to be watered. That way you don't feel punished for not playing for a few days by losing all of your flowers.
It supposedly grew back but apparently really slow. Flowers nearby supposedly help but it just ended up making your town look like shit. If you could plant grass to repair and refine your paths, that'd be best.
Originally I preferred the fixed screens too. It is much easier to plan your town for a perfect town but I got used to the rolling log and I find it to be enjoyable today.
I had my girlfriend sample the 2pm track from New Leaf today and tell me her thoughts (comparing it to the original's and Wild World/City Folk's. She says it's her favorite of the three and that gives me high hopes for the new game. I wont listen to it early though. 13 days left... just barely two weeks. I have my copy coming from Amazon... so I hope they ship it early so it arrives after work two weeks from now.
Eh, if you're tearing around, you'll leave a dirt path (which I did, by design). If you don't want your grass to wear out, don't run there. I had my flowers aligned pretty well, but not really in the middle of nowhere.
It's not that easy to always make nice paths when you're running around. The most logical path for walking and traveling the town isn't usually the most optimum for shaking your trees or hunting bugs with random flight paths or running away from trees, etc etc. It would simply be better to have a little omniscient control over it IMO. It is a video game after all.
And the Wii U version is... probably not coming out till at least 2016. I can't imagine them releasing one on Wii U very soon after a 3DS one.
The series has never allowed separate files because four people always share the same town. I'm sure that will be the case here but as @VofEscaflowne said, only one person can be the mayor and the rest probably just act as normal citizens.
Are turnips still a thing in New Leaf? One thing I think Wild World made a bit too easy was to make a lot of money. Invest big and become rich by being part of a community who is bound to have a day where Joan will buy high. It also made it very annoying to bring over turnips to their town though...
Now that this game has the Best Friend chat feature, it should be easier to do turnip prices. I want to NOT fast forward this game at all. I always reach the point where I end up messing with the clock to make money. I'm certainly going to force myself to not do that...
Yeah, I'm pretty sure the stalk market is still around. Given the price of community projects, and that they can be torn down and new ones built, there seems to be a potentially huge money sink in this game, if you choose.
@VickiL at least Nintendo didnt do ingame bell purchasing... Seems like this would've been an easy free to play structure they could've made around this game... I shouldn't give them ideas for AC Wii U...
I don't know if I ever messed with the clock. I might've dropped it back 5 minutes to catch K.K. Slider occasionally, but I certainly didn't zoom ahead to a holiday or anything like that. Funnily, I never met anyone who left their clock MONTHS ahead / behind. They always said that the time was your local time, not "the time where you live." It can be August in Scrawntown if you want it to be!