Animal Crossing And Pikmin 3DS AR Cards Are Coming To Japan

By Spencer . November 14, 2013 . 12:41am

Nintendo thought of a clever way to sell more prepaid Nintendo cards in Japan. They turned the cards into AR cards that make characters like Mario and Princess Peach pop out. If you want to collect all of the augmented reality characters you have to purchase six cards worth a total of 12,000 yen ($120).


Animal Crossing and Pikmin characters are on the next round of prepaid eShop cards.



The Animal Crossing set with Timmy & Tommy (1,000 yen), Isabelle (2,000 yen), and K.K. Slider (3,000 yen) will be available on November 21. Characters pop out when you use the eShop app Photo Together with Animal Crossing. The ? mark card that comes with the 3DS makes a tree appear.


A set of three Pikmin cards – Yellow Pikmin (1,000 yen), Red Pikmin (2,000 yen), and Blue Pikmin (3,000 yen) – head to stores on December 2. The ? mark card makes a Bulborb appear. All of the characters have different poses, but you can drag them off the card to make funny photos.

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  • Hours

    I have no idea why these are not available in North America. It seems like a total no-brainer to me. It encourages people to buy point cards and look into the eShop which will lead to more sales.

    Get it together NoA.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Well, at least they are kinda trying right now with the new kind of E-Shop Point card there.^_^(Even advertised on Direct)

      Hope that in the upcoming time, they are going to expand into these goodies.^_^

  • Ony

    120$ is a bit harsh for cards but heh… whynot

    • PreyMantis

      That’s the total amount if you buy all six of the different priced prepaid cards, dude. The AR cards are free.

      • Ony

        Yep, me need new glasses.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Well, you also get 12000 yen for you to spend on Jp E-Shop. The card is only extra service there.

  • AuraGuyChris

    Now people can make desktop backgrounds with cutesy animal people.

  • Anthony Hadow

    I don’t quite understand the point of these cards. They just seem to make a 3D image when viewed through the 3DS camera. You used to be able to send these pictures through swap note but that feature is no more. Kid Icarus had cards with the game and claimed they were collectable however, there was no way to get them other than actually re-purchasing the game. If they had a game in them like the ones that come with the system or even sold booster packs it would make more sense but it seems like a waste of cardboard for the time being.

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