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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.)
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At the end of the first Animal Crossing game I remember some extreme time warping. I was trying to fill out my bug and fish collection, and all I needed was some rare specimens from August. I don't think I ever actually finished that.
I used to time travel because back then (animal crossing came out when I was in 9th grade, wild world as a senior in hs) because I didn't have anything to play. I was poor. Now I have money for bigger games and animal crossing will serve its purpose of playing and hour or so a day!
I am going to do my best to never fast forward time. It being handheld is much easier so I don't miss holidays and such. If I am out of town for thanksgiving, I can just take my 3ds with me.
@Scrawnton Near as I can tell, you can only make some minor changes or one huge change. You can change your haircut and your eye color, but not the shape of your eyes. I think all the noses are identical, near as I can tell. There is the option, though, of having a full-face Mii mask made, which copies a Mii you select. If you're really worried about your face, you can use the power of the internet and the many wikis to choose a face and answer the questions to get that face.
@GameDadGrant That dude is wearing a dress. An awesome Dragon Quest 8 tunic-dress. But still a dress. ...that's hot.