One Week With Animal Crossing: New Leaf And I’ve Mastered The Game

By Jenni . June 5, 2013 . 1:30pm

I have 395,754 bells. I just built and paid off the 198,000 bell room expansion. I’ve captured 36 out of 72 bugs, 46 out of 72 fish and 15 out of 30 kinds of underwater life. I’ve built the 50,000 face cutout stand and an additional 128,000 cobblestone bridge.


If it’s possible to “win” in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, then I am winning.


In 30 hours and 29 minutes, spread across 7 days, I have beaten the system. I am master of Nook’s domain. I am the Animal Crossing: New Leaf queen, and it’s all because of the tropical island and Bell Boom ordinance.


Marvel at my house for a moment, then listen while I explain.


Tortimer is no longer mayor because he has retired to a tropical island. It’s the same island on which Kapp’n’s mother, wife and daughter reside. After a few days, Tortimer arrives to invite you to come visit anytime you like, provided you have the 1,000 bells for the round-trip fair, and the next day Kapp’n is there with his boat.


The island is the best place ever and I wish I could live there. Even though that would make Kapp’n my neighbor and mean I’d be subjected to continued advances.


You’re a married man, Kapp’n!


But we’re off getting track off here. The island is a prime fishing, bug catching and diving spot. Lloid the Gyroid lends you whatever equipment you need, be it on the island or one of Tortimer’s mini-game tours. There’s no garbage when fishing and head-sized beetles as far as the eye can see.


Did I mention the sharks? Because there are sharks there too. I’ve noticed there is an increased frequency in shark appearances between 7-11pm. On a good night, and the past three days have been very good, I have been able to catch at least five sharks in one visit.


Now, here’s where my devious, master plan really shines. Bell Boom is an ordinance to make your town “wealthy” in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It means that the prices on all shop items increases, but also means that Re-Tail and Nookling Junction will pay more for everything you sell. For those just settling in, buying isn’t really an issue. The early days of Animal Crossing are always more about earning money.


In short, Bell Boom + Tropical Island = Get Rich Quick or Your Money Back, Guaranteed.*


While some people may see this approach as sacrilegious, I say it’s a welcome addition and option. Those who want to be instant millionaires and don’t mind putting in some late nights can get the best homes and towns in no time. People who prefer a more gradual approach can relax and take it easy. It’s all up to you.



Please, please, please don’t patch the game and make island shark appearances rarer because I brought this up, Nintendo. I’m having the time of my life here! The sharks are my valuable, lethal babies! For the first time in one of my Animal Crossing lives, Nook has no power over me and I don’t want that to change.


* You’re not getting your money back. It’s going straight to the Nooklings, Able Sisters or town.


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  • I understand that Isabelle is not nearly as prominent in the game as I was led to believe. In this respect, no matter how good you are at making money, everyone loses in this game.

    • pressstart


    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      everyone? I’m setting on top of a bus. your argument is invalid

    • Isabelle is almost always in the Town Hall, though I have seen her in Brewsters occasionally having coffee. If you visit the town hall every day to check opinions or build new stuff, you can see her often.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Thank you for the shark tip,I’m going to have a shark room…. you can never have enough sharks.

  • Xeawn

    I want this game pretty much solely because of how you can customize your outfit to look like other game characters. Are there any other a-life type games on the DS that let you do that? Preferably in English as my kanji isn’t too great.

  • bellionaires*

  • riceisnice

    What taxes. The villagers don’t even pay you for anything.

  • Elizabeth Connell

    Im getting this game… Only 3 days left

  • puchinri

    Whoa, is Kapp’n married in this one!? That’s shocking. Or was that just a joke~? (It was a joke, right? 0A0;;)

    I always consider that once you’ve paid off every house extension and collected nearly every item (filled up the musuem and owned almost all sets there are to own), then you’ve technically won the game. But, I also adore the series for being something that one cannot win or lose in/at. ♥

    We’re really excited to pick it up, and I already have ideas for our mayor, my character and little comic strips. Might even start a blog like others have~.

    • He is married to Leilani, and has a daughter, whose name I can’t recall at the moment.

      • puchinri

        Oh. Wow. And he sounded so desperate in CF, I never imagined he would get married.

        • Oh, he STILL sounds desperate. ;D

          • puchinri

            Haha, well, I guess I’m glad (and creeped out) that that much hasn’t changed~.

  • Ben Sylvia

    What’s this about underwater life???

    I am intrigued!!

    • You can purchase a wetsuit from the island, and then swim in the ocean, diving for aquatic life.

  • Soma

    I wouldn’t worry about Nintendo patching anything. They rarely ever patch any of their games.

    • Animal Crossing: New Leaf has already been patched a few times in Japan, and in the main menu there is an option to check for updates. If you don’t have the most recent update of the game, you can’t visit the Dream Suite or friends online.

  • Wake

    “Now I am become Nook, the ruler of Animal Crossing.” -Jenni

  • Virevolte

    Did we get the possibility to customize the town a little ? I thought I’ve read something about giving it a traditionnal japanese style with bamboos and such. I would like to hear to which extent this can be done. (So if you know, thanks you very much !)

    • Yup, there is bamboo, eventually. Also, there are different design variations on certain objects (bridges/streetlamps/etc) so you could do a fairytale or Japanese style town.

  • Juztin

    So what exactly is a “bell boom”?

    • Niermyico

      Bell Boom is the name of one the types of laws you can place in the town.

  • Raychil Postlethwait

    So, a question about the tropical island… How do you go on tours and such? I’ve signed up, but I can’t go out to the pier because it won’t let me. So what do I do?

  • iDazzle

    That screen shot of your house was taken on 5/20. How did you get the game before release date? :o

  • splint

    this girl looks foolish with her tiny house, poor non-billionaire, default buildings and projects, lack of fruits or life in her town. I made 5 million bells in 10 minutes, that is winning.

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