Submission #26808 - Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Game Overview) page


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Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS features a big change from previous titles like Animal Crossing: City Folk and Animal Crossing: Wild World, with the player now becoming mayor of their town instead of just owning a house there and paying off a mortgage. As mayor, some actions players can take include determining the layout of their town, setting shop hours, placing various items outside--such as bridges, benches, roads, lampposts, etc.--creating your own designs for both clothes and furniture, altering the look of City Hall, and setting up your own exhibition on the second floor of the museum. You do not have to work alone, as your secretary Shizue, a clumsy, absent-minded dog, is always available to help you in your office.

Other features shown include the ability to mount furniture, such as a clock, on the walls of the player's home, the ability to swim in the town's ocean, visit with multiple animals in a single house, and meet animals that follow or chase the player around the town.

During its Financial Briefing in April 2012, Satoru Iwata hinted at Animal Crossing post-launch DLC to lengthen the game's lifespan. In October 2012, Iwata clarified that the game's DLC would be free of charge, describing the addition of paid DLC to a game like Animal Crossing as "unwholesome."

Animal Crossing: New Leaf releases on November 8, 2012 in Japan, early June 9, 2013 for North America, and spring June 14, 2013 for Europe.

New features/changes

K.K. Slider

Dubstep drops forthcoming...

In previous games, K.K. Slider would perform a song every Saturday night that you could then take back to your house to listen to. That tradition continues in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, but he will now instead perform at the new comedy club Shisho's Club 444. Conversely, on nights other than Saturday night, you can find DJ K.K. spinning some tracks there, with "house nights" featuring remixed tunes from the NES and Famicon. K.K. Slider will now have unique album covers for the songs he plays, and these can be placed as items in your house, even hung on the wall.

Club 444

Club 444 serves two purposes in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. During the day, you can visit Doctor Shrunk to obtain new emotions by giving him presents such as an apple. You are no longer limited to only having four emotions. At night, you can go dance to the music of DJ K.K.


If my math is correct, triplets of cherries should sell for way more than pairs.

New types of fruit can be harvested, as well as old favorites. Fruit produced in your village is capable of having special flavors and appearances to them. The full list includes:

  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Pears
  • Cherries
  • Lychees
  • Peaches
  • Coconuts
  • Mangos
  • Lemons
  • Bananas
  • Durians
  • Persimmons

The Island of Endless Summer

Players can now travel to the Island of Endless Summer, where former Mayor Tortimer is relaxing, to partake in several mini-games. They are carried there by motorboat, steered by Kapp'n. Upon arrival at the island, you receive a swimsuit, which allows you to swim in the ocean. You can dive for coral, special shells, sea grapes, and other items you can't catch with a traditional fishing pole. The island also house summer fish and bugs all year long. Medals can be earned in co-op focused mini-games and then traded in for goods at the souvenir shop. One mini-game involves making your way through a labyrinthian maze to find a specific item. Other mini-games include challenges like hitting a moving machine a certain number of times with a hammer, diving with friends to find items at the bottom of the ocean, and picking flowers.

Town buildings

R Parkers - Recycle Shop

This is run by two alpacas named Lisa and Kaizo. You can sell items from your inventory to Lisa, and she will also deal with putting items up for sale, which acts as a replacement for the Auction House in Animal Crossing: City Folk. Unlike the auction house though, items can be offered and bought as you wish rather than on specific dates. You and other villagers may purchase items on display; if a villager is inside the store, it is possible to influence them into making a purchase. The second part of the store is run by Kaizo, who customizes furniture. You can substitute the fabric of a something by choosing from Kaizo's wares or from a pattern you created, as well as change the color and style of the piece of furniture.

The Police Station

The player can choose between a 'classic' police station made from wood or a 'modern' police station which is the design from the other Animal Crossing entries. Booker works in the classic station, and Copper works in the modern.

Coffee Shop

Brewster now has his very own coffee shop--instead of just a small cafe connected to the museum as in previous games--and you no longer have to drink your flavored java on the premises. As mayor, you also have the option to work for Brewster to earn some extra Bells.


The models for animals and player characters have been redesigned and made taller to allow for more clothing options, such as pants, socks, and shoes. Players can continue to create their own clothing designs, which can now be shared via QR codes.

Fortune cookies

Proof of fortune cookie! You can also see candy for sale, as well as some pumpkin toy train set.

Using two Play Coins, players can purchase a fortune cookie once a day. The fortunes inside the cookies, which are numbered, can then be traded in for rare goods, which are Nintendo-themed. Some examples include an Arwing for your house and parts of Metroid's Varia Suit to wear.


Animal Crossing: New Leaf features StreetPassing, as players will be able view the homes of other players they StreetPass with, as well as trade various items and share earned badges. Badges are awarded to players for completing specific tasks, such as catching a lot of fish, finding stuff from the ocean, and pulling up a lot of weeds.

You can view the homes of people you've StreetPassed with at the Happy Home Exhibition Street, and any item you like that you see can be purchased through mail order.

Dream Suite

The Dream Suite allows the player to visit either a specific or random player's village. In this dream the player is free to visit and interact with all aspects of the town but nothing is permanently saved.

Calendar events

The full list is as follows:

  • 11/17 - Fishing Tournament
  • 11/22 - Harvest Festival
  • 12/8 - Fishing Tournament
  • 12/21 - Winter Solstice
  • 12/24 - Christmas Eve
  • 12/31 - Countdown (New Years)
  • 1/1 New Years
  • 1/19 - Fishing Tournament
  • 2/3 - Last day of winter
  • 2/9 - Fishing Tournament
  • 2/11 - Carnival
  • 3/3 - Doll Festival
  • 3/16 - Fishing Tournament
  • 3/31 - Easter
  • 4/1 - April Fools
  • 4/13 - Fishing Tournament
  • 5/5 - Children's Day
  • 5/18 - Fishing Tournament
  • 6/15 - Bug Catching Tournament
  • 6/21 Summer Solstice
  • 7/7 - Tanabata
  • 7/20 - Bug Catching Tournament
  • 8/4-11-18-25 - Fireworks Meet/Tournament?
  • 8/15 - Obon - Lantern Festival
  • 8/17 - Bug Catching Tournament
  • 9/3 - Weed Day
  • 9/19 - Moon Viewing Festival
  • 9/21 - Bug Catching Tournament
  • 10/12 - Fishing Tournament
  • 10/31 - Halloween
  • 11/16 - Fishing Tournament
  • 11/28 - Harvest Festival
  • 12/14 - Fishing Tournament
  • 12/22 - Winter Solstice
  • 12/24 - Christmas Eve
  • 12/31 - Countdown (New Years)

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