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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Tempted... BUT I WONT! Well... I was thinking it wouldn't be so bad if I listened to like, 2am, 3am, and 4am in advance. I don't know when I'll be awake to hear those for real. But all the rest surely...
Music is so important to me with these games that I am holding off on hearing the songs till I'm playing within their contexts... but I should perhaps break my own rule in the above examples... You're tempting me...
Also yeah, I'm so hyped it's overruling E3. It'll be weird cause I'll probably get this game the day before or day of E3 and I don't know what begs my attention more. lol
@DrFinkelstein Yeah, I figured 1 AM would be soothing and probably never heard in actual gameplay because I'm too dang old to be up playing video games at 1 in the morning. I understand waiting another three days before looking up those songs. I personally have not been avoiding information. It's not like it's a plot-driven game, after all. I refuse to watch translated plays of Rune Factory 4 for that reason. There's just too much plot there.
I do regret a little bit that I won't be surprised by lots of things (made you look, hehehe).
@Mr_Mustache Digital. It just feels like a game I'll always want locked and loaded. I think my sister is bouncing between finding a K-mart near her, supporting her local gaming store, or ordering it online with free shipping.
Hmm. Because I'm reasonably sure that in six months I'll still load this game for around 15 minutes every day. It'll be more for the first few months, as I'm working on building up the town and need lots of money. Eventually I'll get a slight completionist compulsion to check every day for new items in the store before switching over to Rune Factory 4. I will never sell the game back to the store for $5 and none of my friends will want to borrow it.
I don't mind digital downloads. I like the convenience of it. I understand the fear of losing all the games at the same time as the system. Boy, do I. My Advance was stolen from my car many years ago with my copy of Harvest Moon: Back to Nature. That really cut me deep. But the fact that it was a physical copy didn't protect my beloved Popuri from being torn from me forever. I've got games on cartridges, some of them in my little 3DS case. They'll be just as stolen or lost as Animal Crossing if that happens.
It's weird because I can't manage to happily marry anyone else. The only other two characters I've married were Nami (who I put on suicide watch) and Shara (who treated me like a child). Note that these are the two games that require marriage to complete the storyline. Bachelor for life.
I'll probably get Rune Factory 4 physically because I doubt I'll play it after finishing the main story line. That and I may loan it to my sister.
Wow everyone... I don't know how others will agree with me but so far this is my favorite of the soundtracks. As I earlier stated earlier, I was considering listening to 2am through 4am from the new game because I will not be playing around those times anytime soon. I might get up a little earlier before work so the 5am music might be possible and on a weekend, I no doubt will hit 1am sometime. These details I'm sure concern nobody. BUT! My girlfriend, EponaEatsCarrots, and I had a little listening party just now. I played into our video chat the 2 AM, 3 AM, and 4 AM musics from all three games (which have different music that is). I love Animal Crossing (GC) music but I realized it was very simple in comparison to the later Wild World. I realized how many nice additional layers Wild World had. So after listening to the GC 2 AM, and the Wild World 2 AM,... I listened to my first Animal Crossing New Leaf music ever... the 2 AM track... and as you all should be wildly clear on by now... the music is one of my favorite things about the series and it was single-handedly the reason I was so disappointed in City Folk.... because it wasn't fresh. My friends.... the New Leaf sound is amazing. These subdued night songs are so wonderful and a touch funky. I can only begin to fantasize and imagine what the day time musics will sound like. I am so tempted to have another Euphonic special just focusing on the New Leaf soundtrack, lol. I am in FULL HYPE MODE. I literally cannot be any further hyped. This game must be mine. I am crazy for letting Amazon be my gatekeeper but I am doing so to match my girlfriend who is getting it through those means too. I have posted the three tracks below for the curious, though if you plan to play at those times... perhaps you should experience the wonderfulness live.