GAME NAME: Animal Crossing New Leaf
PLATFORM(S): Nintendo 3DS
RELEASE DATE(S): June 9th, 2013
Animal Crossing delivers once again on this new 3DS iteration of the game. The game remains the same with a couple added features. The biggest addition to the game this time is that you are the mayor. Tortimer has left the town and you arrive and are assumed to be the new mayor of your town. Do you have what it takes to improve the town and make it the best there is?
The start of the game brings back Rover to make your face and help you design your town. If you have played previous Animal Crossings you will be really familiar with all of the gameplay elements. You still pick fruit, dig up fossils, catch bugs, fish, and donate or sell them for money. The game is still a very basic economic game. You are still working to pay off your house debt, but are also improving the town with public works projects and ordinances that cost money. Bells are very easy to come by this time around. You can even enact ordinances to increase the amount of bells you receive when you sell something in your in town store.
Controls are relatively tight but there is a little wiggle room considering the thumb stick on the actual 3DS. Tools work right on queue and are all relatively easy to figure out even without the in game help. The new elements, such as swimming, add some fun but some getting used to. Unfortunately you will not be able to use all of the new tools right off the bat as they are “locked” away with farther town development needed.
Along with the tools are the usual festivals that take place during the year. Most of these festivities correspond with real life holidays or seasons so you will want to be sure to check your game everyday to see what is happening. Visitors will also randomly visit your town so that is something else you will want to be sure to check every day to gain new goods that cannot be earned any other way.
Graphically the game has not really changed much since the Gamecube version of the game. The only real graphical change is that it is a much crisper world, and the world does not have acres as they had gotten rid of those in the DS version. There are new character models in the game for new villager animal types (Deer, Rhino, Octopus, etc.) that add many more villagers that can move into your town.
If you are a fan of the series you are surely likely to enjoy this one, and if you are looking to get into Animal Crossing this is a good one to start out with. It has a lot of repetitive tasks that can fill some boredom, but if you are not a fan of doing similar things everyday then this game may not be the one for you.