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Description

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a social simulation game. The player takes on the role as the new mayor in a small village populated by animals. Gameplay consists of improving the village with new buildings and decorations, collecting furniture and items for one's house, and donating fossils, fish, insects and art to the local museum.

Several features in the game make their series debut here, while others have been brought back from older Animal Crossing games after having not been seen in the DS or Wii entries. These include public works projects, which allow new landmarks and buildings to be added to the town, as well as altering the appearance of certain major buildings; the Dream Suite, which allows players to visit other towns in a single-player session; a tropical island that hosts minigames and multiplayer interactions; Re-Tail, a store that acts as a flea market and allows the player to customize certain furniture items with alternate color schemes or patterns; and QR code sharing for player-made clothing and patterns.

A free update, titled Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo, was released in late 2016. This patch added amiibo functionality, including 64 villagers only available through the use of a corresponding card or figure. 50 of these are villagers who had previously only appeared in the GameCube and/or Nintendo 64 installments of the series; the other 14 are tie-in villagers that represent characters from The Legend of Zelda, Splatoon, Monster Hunter, and Hello Kitty. Other features include new items and currency, an RV campground near the outskirts of town, minigames and features from Animal Crossing spin-off titles, and several miscellaneous features intended for the player's convenience.

Screenshots

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Nintendo 3DS Isabelle noting that I haven't played in a while
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Nintendo 3DS Inside my humble abode
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Nintendo 3DS Mini-map of the town
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Nintendo 3DS Most of the furniture and clothing here was customized, either through QR codes or alternate color schemes from Re-Tail.

Promo Images

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Screenshot
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Screenshot
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Magazine Advertisement Page 11
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Screenshot

Trailer


Alternate Titles

  • "とびだせ どうぶつの森" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Tobidase: Dōbutsu no Mori" -- Japanese title
  • "Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo" -- Title as of Version 1.4 update

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User Reviews

A timeless classic alvari salonen (3) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars

Critic Reviews

IGN Jun 04, 2013 9.6 out of 10 96
Nintendo Master Jun 15, 2013 9 out of 10 90
WiiDSFrance Jun 04, 2013 9 out of 10 90
Jeuxvideo.com Jun 04, 2013 17 out of 20 85
Mag'64 Jun 06, 2013 85 out of 100 85
Wizard Dojo Mar 09, 2015 8 out of 10 80
Factornews Jul 08, 2013 7 out of 10 70
Realm of Gaming Jan 17, 2014 7 out of 10 70
Destructoid Jun 04, 2013 7 out of 10 70
Diehard GameFan Jun 21, 2013 Unscored Unscored

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Trivia

Reset Surveillance Center

This is the first game in the series where, by default, Mr Resetti does not appear to the lecture the player when they turn their game off without saving. The player is given the option of building the Reset Surveillance Center in their town, which appears as a manhole in the floor and causes Mr Resetti to appear when the game is turned off without saving. If the Reset Surveillance Center is built, it is possible that the manhole will be open, allowing entry to the center, based on a number of conditions:
  • It must be the evening, and the day must've had clear weather.
  • The previous day must've had rain or snow.
Once inside, the player can talk to either Resetti or his older brother Don, depending on who is there. Visiting them six times allows the player to receive a portrait of Mr Resetti; on the seventh visit, Don will be there instead, and will reward the player with his portrait.

Sales

According to publisher Nintendo, Animal Crossing: New Leaf sold 9.44 million copies worldwide (as of September 30, 2015).

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Magnus Roe (13) added Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo 3DS) on Nov 25, 2012