The Japanese smash-hit reaches European stores, Nintendo eShop and comes pre-installed on a special edition Nintendo 3DS XL.
14th June 2013 – Today Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the game that’s already taken Japan by storm, selling more than 4 million copies in just over 6 months, launches in Europe for the Nintendo 3DS family of consoles. At the same time, the new Nintendo 3DS Image Share service becomes available in Europe, allowing players to easily share images from their game to Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.
In Japan, where the game has been available since November 2012, it’s become a phenomenon on social media as well, with more than 193,000 fans eagerly following tweets from one of the game’s key characters: the town hall secretary Isabelle, who is always at hand to assist players in their new role as mayor. Japanese players have also been flexing their creative muscles with the myriad of customisation features possible in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and many images of their homes, custom clothing designs and unique town planning can be found on social networks.
The captivating life simulation now on Nintendo’s latest handheld console gives players the freedom to do anything they please as the mayor of an idyllic town inhibited by a wide variety of animals. Build your dream home, design clothes or curate the local museum with collections ranging from fish, bugs, dinosaur fossils and classic art to anything you’d like to put on display! Animal Crossing: New Leaf takes place in real-time so you can experience different things as time passes; while you live the life you always dreamed of, friendships develop and seasons change.
As new events unfold every day, Animal Crossing: New Leaf is perfectly suited to being downloaded directly from the Nintendo eShop, so the game is always on your console wherever you go. In Japan, where around a quarter of all sales have been of the digital download variety, fans have embraced the convenience of always having their town at the ready on their Nintendo 3DS. Whether playing alone or visiting each other’s towns in local or online multiplayer, Animal Crossing: New Leaf makes it a breeze to connect with other players and share the experience.
Players can also take snapshots of their favourite moments by simply pressing the L Button and R Button together at nearly any point in the game: a funny quote from a favourite animal, your proudest interior decoration, a beautiful moonlit night or your proudest accomplishment as mayor, it’s easy to fill up an album full of Animal Crossing memories.
Thanks to the Nintendo 3DS Image Share service, players now have a seamless way to share such memories on their Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr profiles too. Visiting this website on the Nintendo 3DS Internet Browser allows you to upload snaps and add comments directly to your social network accounts without having to close your game*!
A Special Edition Animal Crossing: New Leaf Nintendo 3DS XL console with the game pre-installed is also launching today, in celebration of the arrival of a game that critics have been bestowing with glowing reviews:
The Telegraph, 5 out of 5 – “Unfailingly generous and constantly surprising, Nintendo’s charming, humane life sim is another 3DS delight...”
“... every time you open your 3DS to play New Leaf, you know you’re almost certain to experience something new or surprising.”
EDGE, 9 out of 10 – “a high watermark for a series that has never been far shy of excellent.”
Eurogamer, 9 out of 10 – “New Leaf's easily the best Animal Crossing since the first. It's another testament to open-ended fun, another reminder that play does not have to be funnelled towards conditions like victory and defeat.”
IGN, 9.6 out of 10 – “Animal Crossing: New Leaf isn't just a game it’s a whole new world full of lovable characters and insurmountable charm.”
“New Leaf is a truly magical game, one that you can easily expect to invest hundreds of hours in over the course of years. Anyone with access to a 3DS should absolutely give this game a try - just be prepared to kiss your real life goodbye.”
Downshift to the good life in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, launching across Europe today at retail, as a digital download on Nintendo eShop as well as preinstalled on the Special Edition Animal Crossing: New Leaf Nintendo 3DS XL console.