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Nintendo Direct: Lots of Animal Crossing 3ds news
 
Japan had a Nintendo Direct today dedicated to Animal Crossing: Jump Out that showed this sequel is the real deal. Lots of new ideas and content.




(check it out at the 34 minute mark to see DJ Totakeke and his gyroid backing crew!)



From GoNintendo's live-blog:

- some characters might set up a tent and camp outside
- visit the recycle shop for various materials
- help out your in-game friends with purchasing decisions
- use your office (as mayor) to make decisions on putting things in town
- you pick a location for construction to begin on the items you plan on adding
- megaphone is a new item which lets you gather people
- shoe store offers up boots/shoes for sale
- museum store allows you to make custom-made signs
- Tom Nook can help you make design changes to your house
- capture and sell your own critters
- Dr. Shrunk returns at the club
- you can now have many more emotions, all of them will be saved
- design/sell your own items, which can eventually change during the process
- much larger selection of colors this time around when designing
- view the homes of people you StreetPass
- trade items with StreetPass as well
- take picture via photobooth, bottom screen displays the picture you'll take
- visit a massage parlor that helps to relax you and put you into a dream stage
- ability to explore the town of someone else
- early morning music is calm, dawn the music is more upbeat, afternoon is more pleasant-sounding music, nighttime the music has more base, late night music gets mysterious
- KK Slider takes on the role of a DJ at the club, as well as his regular guitar gig
- expect a much greater number of KK songs this time around
- explore a town alongside other people
- travel via boat to an island and enjoy a song at the same time
- grab items from the bottom of the sea
- collect rare bugs as well
- mini-games and various stores when you visit the island by boat
- Tortimer is the host of mini-games and wears a tropical shirt
- one mini-game has you trying to navigate a maze to collect a certain item

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Posted: 10/05/12, 16:02:45  - Edited by 
 on: 10/05/12, 16:05:08
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okay so online is confirmed, but i want to know how it is handled. And when they say you can sell things, i hope it maens you can have an online shop or your own shop that friends or real players can come in and buy your goods and you get all the money.

so far this seems like the best animal crossing to date, i understand that they should get better with each new version, which they do, but this one is a huge update over City Folk. It is nice to see the return of the island and it is great to be able to spend money to add things to the town; however, i have a bad feeling that town upgrades will follow a linear progression and offer very little custom features.

Did they mention how big the maps will be? How many villagers will be around at once? DLC? This game is primed to be a cash cow for nintendo.
Posted: 10/05/12, 16:14:14  - Edited by 
 on: 10/05/12, 16:23:21
Yeah I am still curious about online. This game has so much online potential and I fear that they won't really take it beyond what they already did with the online in the last two games.

Nice to see that they are adding a bunch of stuff though.
Posted: 10/05/12, 17:17:04
Since I skipped City Folk I might be ready to dive back into AC and catch me some fish and dig up some bones, even if it is essentially the same game again with a couple additions.
Posted: 10/05/12, 17:23:28
@deathly_hallows

Me too. It's been 7 years since Wild World, so I feel like it's time to play a new AC. Plus AC is one game that I much prefer to play on a portable.
Posted: 10/05/12, 17:43:31  - Edited by 
 on: 10/05/12, 17:43:57
@deathly_hallows i hope this is sarcasm. this game looks to be a huge upgrade from the previous, minus the art direction.
Posted: 10/05/12, 17:48:42
@Scrawnton
Well I played Wild World but skipped City Folk because it look practically identical, same fish, same bugs, same fossils, same Tom Nook, same KK Slider, same flowers, same fruit, same... almost everything... I guess the city section was different, although weren't the shops the same as the town, like the hair salon?

The 3DS version looks like it might have a lot more new stuff, crafting items could be really cool, a new island to explore, and new mini-games, sweet! My point is that even if those additions and changes don't result in any radical shift in gameplay or mechanics it's been so long since I played the DS version I'll be ready to do the same things all over again. Hey Tom Nook, want me to work for you because I'm in debt? Okay! I'm ready!
Posted: 10/05/12, 18:02:58  - Edited by 
 on: 10/05/12, 18:12:58
Sounds more intriguing. I was on the fence since City Folk was such a let-down, but this seems like it will be right up my alley.
Posted: 10/05/12, 18:03:56
Nintendo Direct == The New Nintendo Power
Posted: 10/05/12, 18:15:37
Here are a bunch more translated details, courtest GoNintendo:

- Talking about the game, being mayor, building house, no firm goals.
- Eguchi, producer. Going to talk to devs.
-The man and woman were the game's directors, the other woman is a planner.
- Flowers will sparkle depending off if they've been watered.
- Can design roads - they added the character for 'road'. There's a camping ground, sometimes there'll be campers - villagers who don't live in your village.
- Villagers and visitors can buy items in the recycle shop.
- There's a pot plant and the other is a music album.
- The bench and clock were stuff she placed as mayor.
- When you sit in the mayor's seat, Shizue will come up and talk to you.
- Once you've decided what to build, go with Shizue to decide where. Then they'll show you what it will look like. Donations from villagers begin.
- Don't have to go back to mayor's office once building is placed.
- Can donate yourself.
- New item: megaphone. Can say a villagers names to get their attention by speaking their name into the 3DS microphone.
- The tanooki brothers will take turns each day to service the shop.
- Halloween goods sold because it's October.
- Different types of shoes, boots and socks.
- 2nd floor is the museum shop. The four doors lead to special exhibitions. You can set the special exhibitions yourself. Hawaiian Expo, Sushi expo.
- Tanooki Housing Real Estate. Buy parts for your houses outside.
- Can decide if you want to increase room numbers and where (1st flow left, right, 2nd floor etc)
- Shisho, comedian. Started a comedy club, Club 444. Can watch his comedy shows. He has spoken dialogue during this. Can decide your reaction.
- Take photos of your expression with good timing for best result in the photo booth. Many reactions/emotions to collect.
- This is the design leader, Takahashi.
- Talking about new items.
- Can alter designs at R. Parker's
- The redesign takes 30 minutes in this instance. Changed the design and wood.
- Can create your own designs
- Entire house of Tom Nooks if you want!
- Can turn designs into QR codes.
- Model Homes now. People met through Streetpass. These are the people she's streetpassed with. Sometimes they will give you things, like ice-creams, balloons, and pin wheels.
- Up to 48 houses in three block, 16 homes per block.
- Can see with the map where the houses are using people's names.
- Toilets & urinals, Mario stars, shells, & mushrooms!
- The woman to the left of Eguchi drew that apple as her 'Own Design' in the game.
- You can go to visit some people's villages that you've street-passed with. It's a 'dream'.
- Allows you to see how other people have set up their towns. When you have an internet connection, if someone you've street passed with has a Village number, (can search by name too) you can go into a new shop and visit their village. You can do stuff like cut trees and get fruit, but it doesn't affect their village.
- You can alter the look of City Hall, too.
- This is the sound director.
- This is the early morning theme. Second, the morning theme. Daytime theme now. Evening theme. Sky has changed color too and there's a diesel train running. And now the night theme. And now the late night theme.
- K. K. Slider, Saturday night live performances at the new Shisho's Club 444. Now for a new song. Shisho is dancing to the beat!
- DJ K.K. (K.K. Slider under a different name) performs on nights other than Saturday at the comedy club. 'House Nights' Includes NES Nights. 'Famicon Nights'.
- Can listen to the music on audio players in your house, like gramophones.
- Lots of new songs.
- Islands! The four of them are going to the island. Going by boat. A motor boat, headed by Kapp'n!
- A new song for the ride, too.
- Can get swimming suits the first time here, wearing it you can go swimming.
- Can dive for coral! Sometimes there'll be jellyfish.
- Find summer fish and bugs all year round here.
- Can trade medals got in mini games on the island to trade for the goods in the souvenir shop.
- Games are focused on Co-op.
- Tortimer appears as the Tour Guide, explains the games
- Each person has to search for their own type of fruits; mangoes, persimmons, etc.
- The faster you are the more medals you get.
- Can pick up fruits and drop them for other players in easier locations.
- This is 'Hammer', hit the little electric car.
- And that's it from the team - thanks to the staff.
- Iwata reconfirms download version; same as the retail version. Mentions the benefit of download versions.
- Official Animal Crossing twitter @doubutsuno_mori , will reveal new characters and items.
Posted: 10/05/12, 21:00:49
Splooge.
Posted: 10/05/12, 21:13:05
Co-op mini-games sounds neat!
Posted: 10/05/12, 21:17:21
What a blow out of info. This game has a TON. Did I miss it or is there no word yet voice chat during co-op? While WiiSpeak was far from perfect during play it was present and I hope they improve on it rather than drop it.
Posted: 10/05/12, 21:32:50
I can feel Mammamia's fangasm from here.
Posted: 10/05/12, 21:40:16  - Edited by 
 on: 10/05/12, 21:41:21
I'm starting to feel something for Animal Crossing again, after reading this. Seems like a good shake up to the formula.
Posted: 10/05/12, 22:34:25
@vids

I wonder about voice chat, too. At the very least, hopefully they keep in the "text chat" that Wild World on DS had.
Posted: 10/05/12, 22:41:32
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