18th April 2013 – Imagine an idyllic town filled with animal friends where you can do almost anything you wish, where you can let your creativity run wild to customise your surroundings and at any time visit a tropical resort to play around in or just unwind… Welcome to the world of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, where you’re the mayor of your own virtual town! Exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS family of consoles, here’s a game you’ll always want to carry with you, as real time affects the events, things to do and friends to meet, starting less than two months from now, on 14th June.
To celebrate the upcoming launch of this unique game, which has already taken Japan by storm, it was revealed in the latest Nintendo Direct presentation that the Special Edition Animal Crossing: New Leaf Nintendo 3DS XL will be coming to Europe as well. This special version of the Nintendo 3DS XL console features a colourful Animal Crossing-themed design and comes with the game itself pre-installed on the system.
Fans eager to find out more about the many features of the game will have plenty of opportunities to stay up-to-date. Nintendo of Europe recently launched an official Twitter account for Isabelle, one of the game’s main characters, as she awaits the arrival of the new mayor in town, as well as an official Facebook page for Animal Crossing: New Leaf, featuring the latest news and fun facts about the game. The official website is also now available and already features plenty of information and a dedicated Iwata Asks interview for developer insight on the game.
Upon your arrival in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, you find yourself in a prestigious position when you’re mistaken for the mayor. Thankfully, Isabelle is at hand to show you the ropes of running the town – a task that you can take to heart with as much effort or as little as you like. Decorate the town with public works and participate in their opening ceremonies. Open a club to party with friends into the night, a café to sip coffee in, or the Dream Spa to pay a dream visit to other player’s towns from all over the world. As mayor you also have your say in how your town functions by way of ordinances: why not have the shops open later in the evening if you’re a night owl? Or have a beautiful town where all the flowers never need watering?
Not only can you decree what is built in your town, you can also show off your style and creativity from what you wear to where you live. Be the most fashionable in town and buy the latest outfits and accessories at the shop, or create your own designs and customise your clothes, then share your favourite designs with friends or collect new ones via QR Codes. You may start off living in a tent but you’ll soon be able to unleash your inner architect and expand to a house, and choose from a daily changing selection of house fixtures and fittings to eventually build your dream mansion. You can also become an interior decorator, with a huge array of different furniture and styles of wallpaper to suit your mood as the seasons change; as with your clothing you can apply your own designs to really make your home your own.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf is also about communication – both with the kooky cast of animal characters that can move in and out of your town as well as your normal-life friends far and wide, with many game features geared towards sharing the joy of your town with others. Be house proud with the Happy Home Showcase and share a model of your unique home and décor with other players you encountered via StreetPass – if you fancy some of the furnishings others have on display, you could order them from a handy catalogue. Invite friends locally or online to your town and they can share items, go shopping or play games and bring back souvenirs from on a tropical island resort that is just a jaunty little boat trip away. You can document all your experiences by taking 3D snapshots everywhere you go, with all these memories saved to your SD Card for easy sharing with friends later.
On top of the wealth of new features and animal friends making their debut in the game, many of the pleasurable pastimes from previous entries in the Animal Crossing series - such as gardening, fishing and digging for fossils - as well as animal characters adored by millions of players all over the world, also return on Nintendo 3DS, making a trip to this new town both comfortingly familiar as well as excitingly new for returning fans.
If you fancy playing the game every day and don’t want to worry about leaving your Game Card behind, the digital download version of the game from the Nintendo eShop may be just the ticket to ensure you will always have your town at hand. Players who pre-order the game in select stores may also receive a limited edition Isabelle figurine with Town Hall model to commemorate their new life as mayor with Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
Whether as packaged game at retail or as a digital download from Nintendo eShop, the time is coming to take a seat behind the mayor’s desk in Animal Crossing: New Leaf from the 14th June in Europe. Be sure to keep an eye out on the links below for the latest news from your soon-to-be new life!
For further details:
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/AnimalCrossingUK
Isabelle from Animal Crossing: New Leaf on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/AC_Isabelle
Animal Crossing: New Leaf website: http://nintendo.co.uk/animalcrossing
Nintendo Direct website http://nintendo.co.uk/nintendodirect
Nintendo 3DS Guided Tour: http://guidedtour.nintendo.co.uk
Nintendo 3DS (UK) on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Nintendo3DSUK
Nintendo UK on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/NintendoUK
Nintendo of Europe on Twitter https://twitter.com/nintendoeurope
Nintendo UK on Twitter https://twitter.com/nintendouk
About Nintendo 3DS:
Nintendo 3DS offers Parental Controls so that parents can control the level of 3D their children can view on the Nintendo 3DS as well as the content they can access. Nintendo 3DS also features a 3D depth slider which lets players turn off or adjust the level of 3D they want on the 3D Screen, two built-in screens for different functionality, a Circle Pad which provides a full 360 degrees of direction, a built-in motion sensor and gyro sensor. It is equipped with three cameras (two of which are facing outwards to allow the taking of 3D pictures), houses a 2GB SD Memory Card and is compatible with AR Cards which come packaged with Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo 3DS is also backwards compatible with all existing Nintendo DS games, which can be played in 2D on your Nintendo 3DS system.
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