I Created A Final Fantasy X Costume In Animal Crossing: New Leaf

By Jenni . June 3, 2013 . 1:30pm

My third day in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and my town Crawford was bustling. My home expanded, there was a new neighbor, I received my development permit, I dabbled in clothing design and I was even able to visit someone else’s town for an orchard construction project. Most important of all, I finally was able to buy a fishing pole!


This fantastic day began with the fishing pole acquisition. My first stop was Main Street. I wanted to see what the damage was for my home expansion and check Nooking Junction. Nook informed me that I now owed almost 100,000 bells, which made my jaw drop. However, Timmy’s store had a fishing pole, so I quickly recovered. Fish in Animal Crossing are scaly gold!


Before that, however, I decided to check in at Able Sisters to make my very first Pro Design. I figured I was already in town and in debt, so why not drop a couple thousand bells to make some glorious outfits?


Oh. Em. Geez. I have to say—Animal Crossing: New Leaf‘s clothing designing system is much improved. I wish I could post screenshots of the actual design process, but it all takes place on the touch screen and thus wouldn’t be much good. Here’s an idea: If a sleeveless dress or shirt is made, there are images for the front and back to design. If it has sleeves, you get front, back, left and right sleeve layouts to create. All that’s old news though, to anyone who’s played Animal Crossing: City Folk. The real news is palettes.


You can now design your own color palettes. I’ll let that sink in for a second.


For those wondering what the big deal is, typically Animal Crossing games have a handful of assigned color palettes for outfit creation. You have to make do with the colors available and hope they fit the theme you want. If they don’t, you adjust. Not so in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. You make those palettes fit your needs. All you do is highlight a color, then select the tube of paint icon next to the palette icon. A menu will show up with varying hues of blue, green, red, purple, orange, yellow and more.


I got a bit misty. I could finally be the Animal Crossing fashion mogul I was meant to be. Now, I don’t want to get into my outfit explosion just yet (that will come in a whole other article), but I do have to show off two of my “creations.”


First, we have a lovely Final Fantasy X Yuna ensemble. It’s part of the Jenni Final Fantasy Heroines collection that, thus far, also includes FFX-2 Rikku, FFXIII-2 Serah, FFVII Aerith and soon FFVII Yuffie.


Next, we have a “who wore it better” situation, featuring an appearance from the Style Savvy Trendsetters Gracie Grace dress DLC!


As I left town, I happened upon my newest Crawford immigrant, Rocket. Rocket has issues. That’s a polite way of saying she’s a gigantic, 400lb gorilla in a pink-and-white jumpsuit that says, “Vroom” a lot. It’s endearing, in a way. I suppose I should be proud, as when I went to do some private investigation on my newest citizen with my friend G. Oogle, I learned she’s new to the Animal Crossing universe and even has an entirely new “Big Sister” personality. I guess I’ll try and keep her.


Of course, I have more important things to do now than spend the day talking with Rocket. I had to pay a visit to Isabelle in City Hall to find out what was up with this Development Permit. When I loaded up Crawford, she told me then that my approval rating was high enough to apply. As we chatted further, she explained that in a few days, I’d have permission to start passing Ordinances, which would set rules for the town, and begin Public Works Projects that would change the appearance of the town and add items like benches, fountains and extra bridges.


But, that won’t come until tomorrow. I have fishing to do. Fortunately, it’s a rainy day in Crawford, and any Animal Crossing veteran knows that’s the only time to get your fish on! Let me tell you, I have had a ball and, as I’m on day 6 in real life as I write this, I can attest that it isn’t just in the rain that fishing is awesome. I’ve noticed new fish, like an Oarfish, and the rivers, lakes and ocean are just stocked. The third day went especially well, as I was pulling in Red Snapper, Barred Knifejaw, Clownfish, Cherry Salmon and Koi like crazy. I noticed a few new puns in there too. With this fishing bounty, I was able to put over 50,000 bells towards my new home loan. Take THAT Nook!


Doesn’t Majora’s Mask go lovely with Rikku’s top?


Still, as lovely as Crawford is, you can’t just limit yourself to one town in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. You have to go out and have new adventures—especially since there is fruit to collect! I’m never happy with my town until there’s an orchard in it. Fortunately, Anne Lee of Video Game Writers was kind enough to invite me over for a brief visit to her Japanese copy of the game to shake some trees and visit her shops.


Her town? It’s a wonderland. I wish I had thought to take more screenshots, but I was too dumbfounded by the array of fruit to even think of such a thing. Which is a pity, because her town, Mame, is absolutely lovely. There were gorgeous paths, lined by fruit trees and flowers, a fountain, Brewster’s Cafe and a fully stocked main street. It was a lovely place to visit. Sadly, the only photo memento I have of that trip is this one of Brewster.


I’m sure you’ll forgive my neglect though. See, I was too shocked by the presence of new fruit. I had come to Mame expecting to pick up some oranges, pears and cherries. Imagine my shock when, after picking up some oranges, I noticed a strange variety of cherry. After asking permission to shake that tree—you NEVER touch ANYTHING in ANYONE’S town without permission in Animal Crossing—I went for it. I was expecting to acquire three perfect cherries. Instead, I now had lychees in my inventory. Bwuh?


Animal Crossing: New Leaf has new fruit. You can collect lychee, durians, persimmons (Percy!), mangos and bananas! Bananas are planted on the beach, naturally. Frankly, I was in shock, which led to my lack of image capturing in Anne’s lovely town.


That isn’t the end to my tale of visitors though! As I had mentioned before, you can’t beat fishing in the rain in any Animal Crossing game, so I figured I’d check the other beach in Crawford to do some fishing there. Imagine my surprise to see a familiar sailor on the shore.


It’s Gulliver! He had washed up and, after about six attempts, finally pulled himself together and woken up. We chatted, and he wasn’t sure he could remember where he was trying to go before he landed on my beach. He told me a bit about the country he was headed to, then asked me to tell him where I thought it was. When he mentioned fireworks and paper being invented there, I knew he was talking about China and told him so. He said that was correct and promised me a souvenir via mail after he arrived. He then left me with a pun.


Speaking of which, it’s time I leave you all today as well! I need to get my rest, after all. Big things are coming to Crawford! I had to step up as Mayor on the fourth day. Not to mention that big fishing tournament coming up…

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  • efholic

    I came in looking for QR codes.

    • Soon. Soon.

      • I see… I see 23 QR clothing codes in the near future…

  • Chim_era

    Well It looks like happy times are coming :D
    AC comes out the 15th here. Just 4 before the end of my exams.
    Life is looking quite perfect ;)
    Now finding a good AC forum and the world shouldn’t change a bit.

    btw great designs ! I hope I can also find some design talent somewhere … maybe in my pinky ;)

  • SirRichard

    Custom colour palettes, new personality types for characters and new fruit.

    Game of the year.

    (Though seriously I can’t wait)

    • hawk222

      Forget about all that noise: you can sit on benches!! Instant game of the year right there.

  • riceisnice

    God, it’s so close. I can almost sniff it.

  • Arrei

    Gulliver. Oh, Gulliver, Gulliver, Gulliver. You magnificent bastard, you.

    • He IS, isn’t he?


  • HerosLight

    Well done on the Yuna costume o:

    • Thanks! Glad you like it. Hope you’ll like the Rikku, Paine, Ashe, Aerith and Yuffie ones as well. (And perhaps a Fire Emblem: Awakening and few Persona designs…)

      • piichan

        I’m sorry if I’m a bit blind and it’s acually posted on the article already but do you have the qr codes for the FF heroine costumes? Really looking forward to more designs :)

  • benhofb

    There are some really awesome QR code sites out there. I’ve already got a folder full of the things. (Pictured is the Gekkoukan High uniform from P3)

    • Those are beautiful! :D
      Would you mind sharing a QR code site or two? I tend to look for them on tumblr.

      • benhofb

        Sure! There are also loads of codes on Pixiv. Here is the link: http://en.doubutsu.qr-matome.info/ They get codes from Pixiv and stuff, so there is a lot there!

        • Oh gosh, thank you so much! :)

          • If you need a Minako costume, I’ll have you covered soon. ;D

          • I’m not much of a fan of her, but I can definitely appreciate her outfit hehe.

    • STOPAC

      Please share the site! it’s awesome!

      • benhofb

        Got it! See above!

        • STOPAC

          Thanks duuuuude !

    • benhofb

      Here’s another one I thought was pretty swanky.

      • ShawnOtakuSomething

        thank you…

  • SetzerGabbiani

    Hearing the excitement in Jenni’s impressions makes me think that this game is going to sell like hotcakes in the west as well. It’s going to definitely sell some hardware too.

    • When I checked yesterday, I saw I’d clocked over 83 hours in 3 weeks.

    • piichan

      It will sell like hotcakes. I don’t think any AC title failed to yet. If only the AC 3DS XL didn’t look like baby diapers, I would’ve loved to get one.

  • PopcornChicken

    I love these article names.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    June 9th can’t come any faster.

    • Why do you need a guide or cheats for Animal Crossing? Seriously?

      • ShawnOtakuSomething

        Yeah? I know right? Money

        • Money? It’s easy enough to get money in Animal Crossing.

          • ShawnOtakuSomething

            I know right?

          • AJ

            I wish real life worked like Animal Crossing. “I need a couple bucks. Better go collect shells.”

          • Or, or, hit a rock. Or bury a bag of money in a shining hole and get a money tree.

      • puchinri

        The guides sometimes just have full lists of items and neighbors and handy little information. I don’t know about our’s, but the Japanese ones sounded really nice and just generally fun to have.

        Also, having the information close for when you want to total stuff and make decisions on what you’re buying is pretty nice. /takesthegametoosrs

        • Right… uh…. ok I just play it and have fun so guides are pointless for me.

          • puchinri

            Yeah, same here. Lol
            I don’t use the guides personally (except referencing something online about bugs or fish and their seasons every once in a while), but I can see the use in them.

            Also, collecting all the items can be fun too, it’s just a different type of fun.

          • Yah… I guess I just didn’t think about it from another’s perspective. Just because I just play for fun, doesn’t mean that others don’t. Besides some guides have some good artwork.

      • piichan

        AC is a game where you need a guide if you want to get everything. For a list of K.K. songs, insects, fossils and those other stuff you won’t know about unless you use a guide. To each their own really. Some people just want to play the game and discover stuff on their own and there are also people who like to use guides, especially the completionists.

        • Ah… I didn’t think about that. That is true. Well I still just play it for fun.

  • Super cute! I really hope I can make some designs this time around. I was really bad at it in Wild World ehe… I can’t believe it’s less than a week away!

  • I believe I need to get this since I have the others but haven’t paid to much attention till now. I’ll get digital and physical. Digital for me and Physical for my sister since she prefers physical versions of games but to me digital is the best for AC.

  • Alestaos

    Would you recommend this game for
    any gender? Im male and have always liked the look of Animal crossing. But worried i would get bored with no fantasy element to it. I just want opinions please dont flame me ^^;

    • puchinri

      My boyfriend and male friends love the game. Really, AC is a game that is beautifully gender neutral. However, if you are someone that has a hard time with pure slice of life stuff and don’t play many social games, it just might not be for you. It has great customization and depth to it, and is nice to relax with as well, but if life sims aren’t your thing – period, AC probably won’t do anything special for you.

      • Alestaos

        Thanks for the reply. I use to play Sims when i was younger. Now though i have been spoilt by JRPGs that have a fantasy element. Though im looking for something to invest some hours in and kinda escape into that world. Im glad to hear your boyfriend and male friends enjoy the game :)

        Is the game a needy game as in when you have to load it up everyday or something bad will happen like in my sisters nintendogs.

        Shame theres no demo, again thanks for the reply

        • You kind of need to visit regularly or the weeds will start to overtake your town and neighbors will leave and stuff.

          • Arrei

            Unless you use the Beautiful Town ordinance, which heavily reduces the growth of weeds and the wilting of flowers. Also villagers will notify you days in advance if they’re moving, so you can keep tabs on ’em even if you only play once every couple days.

          • Well… ok.

        • puchinri

          No problem~! Like some mentioned, there can be weeds and neighbors you like might leave, but nothing too terrible (except cockroaches being in your house), but at the same time, that can be better for some people (in regards to the neighbors lol).

          I’m a bit surprised they’re not doing a demo, just because, but it may help to watch some small gameplay vids of each title and a little more of New Leaf especially so you can get some sense of the series and game.

          • Alestaos

            Thanks ill do that, are there any specific titles that i should stay away from video wise? Or are they all great entries into the series.

            And i dont mind dealing with weeds and cockroaches. Is there any particular aspect you would suggest watching more off? Or just the title in general ^^

            Thanks Again :)

          • puchinri

            Nope! I think every entry was great, though my personal favorite so far is still the Gamecube one (I haven’t watched any vids to see how different the original N64 ver we never got could be).

            Hmm. Maybe how interactions with neighbors go and holiday stuff? The everyday things are really the core component of the game, and interacting with your neighbors is one of the strongest parts of it. On the otherhand, if you’re the type that’s a collector/completionist, maybe watching some vids on people’s interior design might be more beneficial. ^u^

            Anytime~. I hope you’ll enjoy and pick up the game, and that it can be as relaxing and fun to you as it is to many of us.

  • ……….Agrias costume?

    • What game is she from? I do take requests… :D

      • Zarx

        Final Fantasy Tactics, btw good stuff especially on that Yuna outfit!

  • puchinri

    QR code time~!

    I think that when the game gets released here, we should start a series of threads in the open thread to share QR codes and links to other codes.

    Also, I really love the Style Savvy outfit for Gracie and wear it often. Glad to see it actually looks cute in AC too. >u<

    • Anne grabbed that from me and she had a beret that matched it PERFECTLY.

      • puchinri

        Guh~! That’s so fab. ♥
        You’re making me really excited.

  • brian

    Mame was in the Japanese version?
    But it looked like it was in english.
    And that screenshot with Majora’s mask would be absolutely perfect if your character held it up like Link does each time he catches fish, and with that sound effect too.

    • apricotsushi

      All regions are compatible with each other, so when you visit someone’s town from another region, everything still appears in the language of your game!

  • Curan_Altea

    Gawds….. I wasn’t intending on picking this up, so many other games to play, since it’s basically just a fun time waster.
    But this article made me want it. I’m a sucker for customization (as proven by my ClaDun and Legasista save files).

  • What are the chances of us getting the Yuna QR code in the next update…? My friend’s a huge Yuna fan, it’d be such a cool thing to have.

  • 3PointDecoupage

    How do you keep villagers from leaving town? Also, please post the Yuna outfit.

  • apricotsushi

    Aha! I see I got a mention ;) Pretty neat how even the name of my town was translated!

    Anyone interested in reading about my adventures with the Japanese version of Animal Crossing: New Leaf is welcome to do so here: http://www.chic-pixel.com/search/label/Memos%20from%20Mamemura

  • Robgoro

    I have, admittedly, never played an animal crossing game before – but all the reception New Leaf is getting, and perhaps simply because its just a chill, relaxing game, has convinced me to pick it up on launch day. :)

  • Virevolte

    I’m a little interrested now. Maybe I’ll finally buy a 3DS…

  • ShadowDivz

    How did you get Majora’s Mask?
    Also, can you still make money trees? The last Animal Crossing i played was the one on GameCube(First One?)

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