Animal Crossing: New Leaf Has An Extra Feature In The U.S. And Europe

By Ishaan . May 17, 2013 . 12:35pm


Animal Crossing: New Leaf has a feature called the “Happy Home Showcase”. This is a feature by which the homes of other Animal Crossing players that you pass by in real life are collected in a section of your village, along with the data of those players.


You can then visit these homes in your village, use their layout for inspiration, or even buy pieces of furniture that you like.


In Japan, this feature works using Streetpass, which means you need to physically pass by another Nintendo 3DS owner who owns Animal Crossing: New Leaf. In North America and Europe, however, Nintendo added an extra feature that lets you collect homes through the Internet. These homes will be distributed by Nintendo, the game’s localization team reveals.


“The Spotpass feature was actually added for NOA [Nintendo of America] and for NOE [Nintendo of Europe]—for our territories,” says Reiko Ninomiya, localization manager at Nintendo of America.


She elaborates: “Because just the environment in which you’re playing is different; and by that I mean, you know, in Japan Streetpass happens really, really frequently. People take trains. It’s a different community culture. Here, you’ve got people living in remote parts where they don’t have an opportunity to pass by people who have the game.”


“So, in order to make sure that people receive the Happy Home showcase, this is where the Spotpass feature is used—as a Happy Home Showcase, which is the top part of your town. Through Spotpass, what we’re going to be doing is, sending out official home data from Nintendo. So who knows whose house you could receive through Spotpass?”


Animal Crossing: New Leaf also lets your other 3DS-owning friends visit and explore your village. You can learn more about these features in the video from Nintendo above.


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

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  • Natat

    “In Japan, this feature works using Spotpass, which means you need to physically pass by another Nintendo 3DS owner who owns Animal Crossing: New Leaf.”

    Wouldn’t that be Streetpass?

    • creid8

      This. Confusing typo.

  • Bisylizzie

    “In Japan, this feature works using Spotpass, which means you need to physically pass by another Nintendo 3DS owner who owns Animal Crossing: New Leaf.”
    Y’mean, Streetpass? xD

  • Pedro Tavares

    Great, I hope they actually do this to more games, I’ve got a lot of games that get stuff from Streepass that its not possible for me, since I haven’t found one 3DS owner and I have it since launch.

  • Eric Harris

    Hate spotpass and purposefully avoid it in Fire Emblem, will do the same with AC.

    • Pedro Tavares

      Why do you hate it exactly? if it was Streetpass I could understand don’t really get the problem with Spotpass.

    • Kavyn

      Are you confusing spotpass with streetpass? I don’t know why anyone would hate the spotpass feature in FE, that’s like saying you hate free DLC.

    • Suicunesol

      How do you, assuming we’re talking about streetpass, avoid streetpass? When streetpass happens, it happens and that’s good, unless you disable it.

  • jengo

    I would love if Nintendo expanded the reach of StreetPass so you could still get a local view and connection with people playing around you, just not only by walking by them. I know Near on the Vita is far from great, but I love that it has a couple mile radius to pull other users game data so I can have stuff to see and potentially share almost everywhere I take the thing.

    • Pedro Tavares

      They should make your friends act that way if I havea guy in my friend list and he has the same game as me, I should be able to exchange information.

  • Ethan_Twain

    It is incredibly canny to do these animal crossing inverivews with their little guitar/piano theme running in the background. It’s the most soothing thing ever. It just makes the people on screen and the words they’re saying seem like the nicest things. Such nice people.

    • Yesshua, sometimes I look at all the bitter and angry comments from people on the Internet. Then I look at comments from you and @puchinri:disqus and it gives me hope that there’s still happiness to be found on the web.

      • TiredOfMyOldUsername

        I think it’s still decent here at least.
        Sure there’s some troublemaker and trolls,but most of the times peoples here are still decent.
        I saw an article on Gamespot earlier about EA saying WII-U was crap and now there’s over 7K comments, mostly trolls and peoples bashing the WII-U, Nintendo and Nintendo games.
        When i see that i think that even DMC articles here was mild in comparison.

        • I do think we have a decent community here, but it takes a lot of effort to keep it that way. In general, if we don’t ban like 3-4 people in a week, things start to go out of control. Sadly, it’s just that easy to be an idiot on the net, and that’s what most people do. :(

      • puchinri

        Awww, thank you Ishaan! To be honest, Siliconera as a whole generally makes me smile (I have been worried a couple of times by some people though, haha).

        I have a list of sorts I do when I get online for the day, and Siliconera is pretty much my news site and one of the few sites I at all bother to check the comments section of.

  • puchinri

    Yay~. I’m glad they realize the cultural differences and have done something to help with that regard.

    • AJ

      I find that non-North Americans have a hard time really understanding just how massively, insanely huge the US, Canada, and Mexico are as nations.

      As my Polish in-laws once said on a drive across my province – “in Europe, we would have passed through 2 or 3 countries on a drive like this, here it’s just an empty field.”

      ……I’m just bitter that I didn’t get any tags in Dragon Quest IX.

      • Tom_Phoenix

        That reminds me of a neat saying:

        “The difference between America and England is that Americans think 100 years is a long time, while the English think 100 miles is a long way.” – Earle Hitchner

      • puchinri

        Haha, I agree. And yeah, I get bitter about some of the lack of tags too. vuv / TTuTT

    • No kidding. I’ve been keeping my StreetPass on for the past month or so, and all I got out of it was a couple of StreetPass teams for Fire Emblem: Awakening. (Not even a Mii for Mii Plaza – the madness!) With this, I can easily swap data with other friends no matter where they live.

      • Burnt Toast

        I sometimes take my 3DS to work with me (I work at a hotel at Walt Disney World) and usually I’ll come home to about four or five people added to my Plaza).

      • puchinri

        I had great luck on one of the community college campuses in my area (seriously, StreetPasses out the wazoo), but other places left it a 50/50 shot if we get anyone (albeit, my boyfriend lives in the country so on his end of town, this is a given). I am very thankful for features like this. >u<

  • Chow

    I thought at first it was to cater to social anxiety disorder somehow (until I read on), though I wonder which region would have more of a demographic for this sort of thing in gamers.

  • Ben Sylvia

    Now if only they could add something like that to the puzzles in Streetpass Mii Plaza to get those stupid purple pieces.

  • $36598391

    wish Dragon Quest IX had a setup like this because it’s near impossible for anyone in NA to get 30 different spotpass things unless they buy two copies and restart on the second copy 30 times

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