Animal Crossing: New Leaf Translation Began In March 2012

By Ishaan . May 16, 2013 . 10:10am

Nintendo have shared a new developer diary video featuring members of their Treehouse localization group who have worked on the Animal Crossing series over the years. The different group members briefly discuss their experiences working on the games and provide their thoughts of Animal Crossing: New Leaf as well.



Animal Crossing: New Leaf work began in late 2010, when the Treehouse group brainstormed with Nintendo’s Japan headquarters on events in the game. Translation work on the game began in March 2012.


Animal Crossing: New Leaf will be released on June 9th in North America and June 14th in Europe.

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  • Juuu

    I love Treehouse’s work, so it’s awesome that they’re doing this! Also, hopefully hearing about over a YEAR’S worth of work will put the process in perspective for fans who were convinced Nintendo was just putting this one off because they hate AC fans hahaha. :P Can’t wait for New Leaf!

    • puchinri

      It was amazing to see some of the comments from people; I really think some of them felt like Nintendo was out to get them or scorn them (because that’s so practical).

      Agreed entirely though, and hopefully hearing about all that work makes them realize how big the game is and how worth the wait it is.

  • ronin4life

    But… wasn’t it announced(or shown the year after) with an english trailer??

  • idrawrobots

    I appreciate all their hard work. I really do. But shouldn’t have translation begun in late 2010?

    • Enzo

      I don’t think you understand how game development works. You don’t start off a game by creating all the dialogue and text first. That would just be ridiculous, and why translate unfinished text and dialogue? It’s a waste of effort. Also, resources are limited so you can’t always have them available when you want to. A translation team is an example of a resource.

  • 愛憎

    I wonder how extensive one’s experince must be to get a job with Treehouse…

  • puchinri

    It’s cool to hear the lengths they went to with the GC game, and reminds me of the Iwata Asks for Tobidase. I really appreciate that (and what the JP and international teams as a whole did for NL/Tobidase).

    I’m extra excited~.

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