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Animal Crossing: New Leaf on the 3DS
9.02/10 from 35 user ratings

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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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05/20/13, 01:54    Edited: 06/27/13, 00:31
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Can anyone confirm if the ability to add a design to your menu (as was the case with Animal Crossing GCN and Wild World, but was not in City Folk) has returned in New Leaf? I just remembered how groovy a thing this was when posting a picture of my town tune from Wild World in the AC town tune thread. I hope it's back, as customization is such fun. But, I doubt it is...
06/03/13, 02:53   
Edited: 06/03/13, 02:53
Yes, 2 times already.
06/03/13, 03:23   
Edited: 06/03/13, 03:32
I am unable to drag items to put them on the background menu. The item screen takes up the entire bottom screen and I believe the DS version left some room around it. This Is what you were inquiring about, correct?

Edit- Just checked the DS version and it was the lower left corner. It does not work on New Leaf.
06/03/13, 03:32   
Edited: 06/03/13, 03:42


Thanks for checking, though!
06/03/13, 06:19   
Question. I remember in the first Animal Crossing game, you could have Nook "mail" items to other players by using a code. You'd tell him their name and town, and he'd give you a code to give the player to type in at their Nook shop. Is this still in the game, or are items only traded in-person during multiplayer meet-ups? Just curious.
06/03/13, 22:05   

You can send friends mail through the internet. Say someones birthday is today and they are busy just pop a gift in a letter and send it! There is also now wrapping paper to wrap gifts F.Y.I.
06/04/13, 03:38   
i'm drowsy so my first split-second thought looking at that image was "why do they have a borg mask in Animal Crossing" thinking it was some weird Star Trek cross-promotion in Japan. A few seconds later "ugh its MIDNA." Cringed a bit in the moment for not being my first guess.
06/04/13, 04:53   

I loved the Nintendo items in the previous games. I cannot wait to collect all the new ones in this game. Technically just six days!!! Though I have mine coming from Amazon. Normally I'd have bought via GameStop for a title like this but my girlfriend is really excited and she's also getting it via Amazon so I figured I'd be patient and wait just like her. It's rough!!
06/04/13, 12:16   
I got my new SD card in the mail, got everything moved over, and I'm ready to go! I think my sister will be getting her copy later in June, but that's alright. I'll just show up as the welcome wagon with a veritable fruit salad in my pants.
06/04/13, 16:38   
Edited: 06/04/13, 16:38

I'ma have my house totally paid off by the time you start your game, and my town will be exponentially more awesome than yours. I'll still come visit Dr. Fink in Latesville though.

I plan to buy my copy on Sunday morning digitally. Can't wait!

Do we know how much space it will take up on the SD card?
06/04/13, 16:47   
Edited: 06/04/13, 16:48
I have my ACNL 3Ds xl paid off. I also have a boxed copy of animal crossing (for my girlfriend) paid off. Sunday morning at 11am is when I can pick it up and be in animal crossing bliss all day!
06/04/13, 17:10   

People are saying either 6k blocks or 8k blocks. Best to have 1 GB available, I think. It's huge!
06/04/13, 19:05   
Apparently the IGN review went up by accident but the score was a 9.6.
06/04/13, 19:06   


Cool to hear that early though. I don't hold IGN too high of regard these days but when they say something's good, it's always nice to hear.
06/04/13, 19:18   
I think the embargo has been lifted because they're going up everywhere. Looks like a lot of 9's.
06/04/13, 19:34   

Yeah I saw that Audrey Drake's review was still up on IGN. Some british reviewer mentioned an embargo she had to wait on until this afternoon so I agree, it must have been lifted. Awesome scores all around.

Though a lot of people are bitching this received a better score than Bioshock Infinite or Skyrim. Do people realize every review has it's own distinct contexts? Geez.
06/04/13, 19:46   
Yeah lots of reviews. Seems like a step up from the last game!
06/04/13, 19:51   

To break it down for people even sooner and quicker, here's the reviews as they've trickled in. Organized by score and alphabetically within that.


Perfect Score
Telegraph - 5/5

Gaming Trend - 9.7/10
IGN - 9.6/10
Edge Online - 9/10
Eurogamer - 9/10
Joystiq - 9/10
Nintendo Life - 9/10
Pocket Gamer UK - 9/10
Polygon - 9/10

Gamers' Temple - 84/100
Games Radar - 4/5
Gamespot - 8/10
Lazy Gamer - 8/10
Now Gamer - 8/10
Videogamer.com - 8/10

7.9 or Below

No Tangible Score Provided
GoNintendo - Glowingly Positive

Average of Above 15 Reviews: 8.78/10
06/04/13, 20:09   
Edited: 06/07/13, 03:31

Looks promising. I watched GameXplain's video review (which they didn't score yet since they haven't done everything that they wanted to do) and the reviewer said he felt like this was a breath of fresh air, and while he gave up on Wild World (and completely skipped City Folk) after three weeks and he doesn't see himself giving up on New Leaf in the near future. That's the kind of game I need.
06/04/13, 22:19   
Edited: 06/04/13, 22:19
This is amazing! How well received this game has become! I can't wait to play it. I may need to do some trade ins.
06/04/13, 22:48   
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