It’s a big year for the 3DS, Pokemon X and Y, Luigi’s Mansion and Rune Factory to name a few highly anticipated releases. However, there is another to add to the roster, Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
If you’ve not played the previous Animal Crossing games, then you have a chance to experience this addictive little game in full 3D . New Leaf has been a long time coming ever since it was announced at E3 2010. It has already released in Japan and has grossed 2.73 million copies.
Now onto the story, its about your character living in a village with animals as neighbors and it’s your job to make the town a better place to live. These humanized animals will come and go and as you improve the village, more will come to stay.
You start the game in a tent instead of a house, having to work you way up the property ladder. This happens by paying your mortgage off and working for Tom Nook. All the while you are upgrading your furniture and buying new clothes.
Some things have stayed the same; there are still a great number of fish and bugs to catch, fruit to harvest, weeds to pull and you can still see K.K slider for your music fix on a Saturday night. You can now swim in the ocean while looking for shells and even visit the island getaway.
Ability to customise the characters appearance and home has also been improved. Avatars are much more humanly proportioned. Shirt, shoes, hat and accessories can be modified and changed. You can still decorate your little abode to your hearts content adjusting the furniture, wallpaper and flooring. Selected pieces of furniture can now be hung on the wall.
There is so much re-playability here, in fact you never really stop playing. Your character still lives in this world where events happen, your just not there. Weeds grow, mail is sent to you and the seasons change.
New Leaf looks to have a western release between April and
June 2013, however the date May 1st has been floating around the internet without verification, so we will just have to wait and see when the release date is given out by Nintendo.
The 3DS released with the Japanese edition looks so wonderful. Its doubtful that we will ever see this edition here, but we can hope right.
I have such high expectations for this game, Famitsu have already scored it an almost perfect 39/40. So all we can do is wait for this charming game to grace our shores, and lets hope its sooner rather than later.