Animal Crossing: New Leaf 3DS
Released on 14-Jun-2013
Continuing the much-loved freeform gameplay from previous Animal Crossing titles, Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a game without any restrictions. There are no goals, no story, not even an ending – instead, you can enjoy life in your new town in any way you choose. And since time in the game moves at the same pace as in the real world, every day brings new experiences!
Your first steps in Animal Crossing: New Leaf come about by accident: shortly after arriving in town, a mix-up by Isabelle the town clerk sees you become the mayor! Although you can still do whatever you please, your new powers as mayor allow you to shape the town in any way you wish. From creating public works projects that add buildings, bridges and all kinds of decorative items to laying down ordinances (a fancy word for laws) that dictate how your town runs. You've now got the freedom to make the town of your dreams!
If non-stop sunshine is more your thing, then a trip to the island might be just what you need! Take the boat ride with Kapp'n, then explore an island full of tropical fruits, insects and fish to your heart's content. And while you're there, consider enjoying a tour or two – play minigames either alone, with friends or online with other players, then trade in the medals you earn for some souvenirs to take back home.
There's even more freedom to express yourself in Animal Crossing: New Leaf! You can buy new clothes – tops, trousers, skirts, hats, masks and even shoes – from the Able Sisters or the Shoe Shank, improve your home with new rooms and renovations, and create your own exhibits in the local museum. Or you can head out to listen to K.K. Slider in concert or behind the decks in Club 101, go shopping on Main Street, or customise your home and furniture by creating your own designs at the Re-Tail shop. All this awaits, and much more besides!
You can also enjoy Animal Crossing: New Leaf with your friends, family and even people you've never met! Up to four people can live in the same town on a single Game Card (playing at different times), which allows you to share the experience with those close to you. Alternatively, you can get together simultaneously with friends who also own a copy of the game – either online or via Local Play – to visit the island, enjoy minigames or just hang out doing whatever you want! You can also use StreetPass to share your home with other people and visit the homes of others in the Happy Home Exhibition, or travel to other people's towns online while you sleep in the Dream Suite.
Packed with new animals, new experiences and new ways to have fun, both long-time fans of Animal Crossing and newcomers to the series are sure to enjoy everything that Animal Crossing: New Leaf has to offer. It's a new life... live it how you please!
- Play your way – enjoy in-game life in real-time with no constraints on how you spend it!
- Use your mayoral powers to build projects, set ordinances and create the town of your dreams
- A host of new ways to be creative and have fun: customise the world with your own designs, create museum exhibits, visit a tropical island, head to the local nightclub and much more!
- Make friends with lots of new characters and experience new events throughout the year!
- Play with friends either locally or online, meet other people via StreetPass or visit new towns over the Internet
It seems like only a few weeks since we were slurping up news from Gamescom in Cologne (probably because it was only a few weeks ago) but now all eyes are on Japan, as the Tokyo Games Show bursts into life.
First up is the news that the 3DS port of Monster Hunter Tri - with its second stick add-on - will be followed by official sequel Monster Hunter 4, which will be a Nintendo exclusive. Given that the series has driven the PSP to incredible success in Japan, that's quite a coup for Team Mario.
Also confirmed are pre-Christmas European release dates for Super Mario 3D Land (November 18th) and Mario Kart 7 (December 2nd). The lack of Mario on the 3DS has been a sore point since its Easter launch, so fans will surely be pleased with that. December 2nd will also see the European launch of Pokemon Rumble Blast, the first 3DS title for another classic Nintendo series.
The previously unannounced sports game was revealed as being in development for the handheld console at a special event in Japan this week, with the title being the first in the series since Mario Power Tennis appeared on Wii in 2009.
Other 2012 releases will include a 3DS edition of popular lifestyle simulation Animal Crossing, which will include new features such as the ability to become the head of a village and personalise it with upgrades and additions.
The long-awaited Kid Icarus: Uprising will also debut next year, with the launch to be marked by a series of 3D Kid Icarus animations on the Nintendo Video service.
Nintendo 3DS has sold one million units in Europe since its March 2011 launch and will soon launch in a new metallic red colour.
The Nintendo 3DS has been with us for just over a year now - where does the time go? - and in that time it's really started to come into its own. With an array of features and controls that can't be found anywhere else, the latest games for this handheld feature some classic Nintendo icons as well as creating some new ones, and show that you can have console-quality gaming on the go, and that 3D is here to stay!
Mario Tennis Open
Mario once again proves that he's as adept at sports as he is with a plunger in a game that offers tactical tennis fun previous unseen on a handheld. With a choice of traditional controls or the use of touchscreen and gyro sensors, Mario Tennis Open offers players a chance to really maek use of what the 3DS can do. It also takes advantage of Nintendo's StreetPass, letting you play online with friends or with other players in the local area, as well as the chance to upgrade your player. Whether it's a friendly game or a fight to the championship, Mario Tennis Open and 3DS are a perfect match.
Heroes of Ruin
Heroes of Ruin is the first RPG designed specifically for the 3DS, and takes unique advantage of the handheld's interactive features. You can quest alone or with other players both locally or online using drop-in, drop-out gameplay. There are extra daily challenges online to earn rewards, you can meet and trade with other players using the 3DS social features, and even buy in-game items using StreetPass. And on top of all this, the game itself is fun and immersive, coming from the strong RPG pedigree of Square Enix.
Luigi's Mansion 2
The original Luigi's Mansion was a launch title for the GameCube back in 2001 and has become something of a cult classic. This follow-up promises more of the same, sending Luigi back into a haunted mansion to capture ghosts using his "Poltergust 5000" vacuum cleaner. Promising a more puzzle-based approach than it's predecessor, Luigi's Mansion 2 also makes use of the gyroscopic controls to move Luigi around the mansion, and will finally deliver the 3D ghost-chasing that they didn't quite manage for the original!
There aren't many games that suit a transfer from PC to 3DS, but Azada is just that. Following the misadventures of hapless magician Titus, this is a series of mini-games, hidden object games and escape the room puzzles. This may seem like a simpler, older style of gameplay, but it's one that suits the on-the-go nature of the 3DS and seems a suitable follow-up title for fans of Professor Layton and other puzzle games.
Another Nintendo franchise gets a 3D facelift as Animal Crossing arrives on the 3DS. The use of 3D is said to be subtle, giving a new depth and detail to the animal village, with the bigger changes coming in the form of how much more you can do within the game itself. Customisation has been enhanced for both your player and your home, allowing for more choice in type of house, furniture and clothing. For fans of the series looking to move from DS to 3DS, this "a bit more of everything" approach is really all the reason you need!
Nintendo has generously revealed that it intends to release all downloadable content for the upcoming 3DS game, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, will be absolutely free. The announcement came as part of a financial Q&A given by Nintendo's top man, Satoru Iwata.
"That sort of element is absolutely not being added," he said when asked about the prospect of charging for additional content for the game. In fact, he went further and said that introducing paid extras into the Animal Crossing series would be "unwholesome".
Animal Crossing has long been one of Nintendo's most beloved cult titles. In it, players move into a town filled with animal characters and can befriend them, doing jobs and helping out around the town in order to enhance and upgrade their character and house.
Nintendo clearly has plans well into the future for this 3DS iteration of the series - it has already announced special events and costumes for Halloween 2013.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf is out in Japan on November 8th and should make its way to Europe early next year. It'll be the first entry in the series since Animal Crossing: Let's Go To The City launched on the Wii in 2008, but if you're feeling a little impatient, Animal Crossing will also be making an appearance in Nintendo Land for Wii U.
New York's prestigious Museum of Modern Art has ended decades of debate by embracing video games as an artform worthy of permanent inclusion. Fourteen titles will be installed in the Philip Johnson Galleries from March next year, with the goal of expanding the collection to forty titles over time.
Among the first games to be honoured are such classics as Pac-Man, Tetris and SimCity. More modern titles include SONY's bonkers roll-em-up Katamari Damacy, Valve's brilliant Portal and the wonderfully simple endless runner Canabalt. Nintendo's Animal Crossing and indie sensation Minecraft are among the games that will join the collection later.
"Are video games art? They sure are," reads the museum press release. "The games are selected as outstanding examples of interaction design," the statement said. "Our criteria, therefore, emphasize not only the visual quality and aesthetic experience of each game, but also the many other aspects - from the elegance of the code to the design of the player's behaviour - that pertain to interaction design."
Nintendo is running a generous promotion over the next few months that's sure to be of interest to 3DS owners. Going by the rather self-explanatory title of "So Many Games!" the promotion simply requires you to buy and register three games from a list of eight, and you'll be given a code to download a fourth game from the list absolutely free.
The games in question are all fantastic as well. Included in the promotion are the following stonkers:
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Nintendo 3DS Version)
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate
Luigi's Mansion 2
Fire Emblem: Awakening
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
LEGO CITY Undercover: The Chase Begins
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
The promotion covers games purchased in store, as well as downloads from the Nintendo eShop. Did you know you can buy Nintendo download codes exclusively from GAME? Well, you can, which just made the promotion even easier for you!
The promotion runs from April 23rd and all games must be registered with a Club Nintendo account by June 30th to be eligible. You can only take part in the promotion once, and you must claim your free game by July 31st.
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