Animal Crossing 3DS Presentation Shows Off The Game’s Town And Features

By Ishaan . August 29, 2012 . 10:15am


Update: Game coming to North America in 2013.

Animal Crossing for the Nintendo 3DS is upping the amount of customization you get to fiddle around with. Just as with previous games, you can design your own clothes, but you can now also share them easily with other players using QR Codes, as shown in last night’s Nintendo Direct presentation (above).


The biggest change is that you’re now the mayor, and have a hand in growing and developing the town. You can add benches and street lamps to the town, and you’ll have a secretary that aids you in running things. As the mayor, you also lay down the law, including things like setting store timings.


You’ll also be able to customize the heck out of your own home, as shown in the presentation video above. Furniture, too, can be taken to an in-game shop and modified with patterns to make it look the way you want.


The town itself has seen some changes as well. The beach area is now larger and there’s a shopping mall from across the railroad track. Additionally, crossing paths with another Animal Crossing player will let you exchange house designs with them via StreetPass. These will be situated at the edge of your town as model homes, and will be managed by Tom Nook, who returns as a real estate agent.


Animal Crossing for 3DS will be released on November 8th in Japan. The game hasn’t been announced for a U.S. or European release yet.

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  • Seijien

    Now that Kingdom Hearts 3D has been released, this game has taken over as my most anticipated 3DS game (okay, Luigi’s Mansion 2 and Paper Mario are close behind). It looks like they’re taking the series in a great direction after the sub-par improvements of AC:CF. 

  • I played the hell out of AC on the GameCube, and skipped the DS and Wii versions. I def wanna get back into the series with this release once it drops in America.

    • puchinri

       As much as I love CF and everything it has going on, the GC version is still, undoubtedly and quite easily, my favorite in the series and for many a reason. However, this might overtake it. . .ovo

  • Shane Guidaboni

    This may be a little shameful, but this was the reason I wanted a 3DS in the first place. I can’t wait until it comes out. 

  • Arrei

    Setting our own store hours! Heck yes!

    When I was younger, I always got up too early to sell my goods at Nook’s. When I got older, I ended playing too late to sell my stuff. I am bound by your draconian hours of operation no longer, NOOK!

  • Ben Sylvia

    Oh lordy, I like that secret base looking furniture, and I see the DLC Mayan Gold furniture set is in there, does that mean the DLC items from CF will be included on the game card?

  • yalissa

    I need this game in my life.

  • Alexandra Cordes

    Even after all these years… SIGN ME THE &*$& UP!

  • puchinri

    Everything looks so stream-lined and well designed (as usual, but better too). I am loving all the customization too, looking at everything again. I am so excited for this, so much more than before. Playing CF (and PG) just helps~.

  • It’s not likely to happen but it would be hilarious to see all the villagers cramming in the door of a shop because you only set it to be open for 1 minute during the day.

    Not to mention the shop owner desperately trying to get more time to sell his goods. “Please mayor I have children to feed” they would cry to which I will respond “Nonsense, you’ll take your 1 minute and like it…or else I will shut you down for good. Also don’t forget those 1 billion bells rent you owe me by next week.”

    ….Tom Nook has been a bad influence on me. :( 

    I gave the Wii version a miss, but this is shaping up to a big change from Wild World. So I’m in! :D

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