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Animal Crossing: New Leaf Box Art
System/s: 3DS
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Life Sim
Players: 1+
GD Score: 100
Press Scores
Release Date:
N. America: Jun. 9, 2013
Europe: Jun. 14, 2013
Australia: Jun. 15, 2013
Japan: Nov. 8, 2012
ESRB: Everyone (Comic Mischief)

"Can You Spare a Few Hundred Hours?"

REVIEW |

Author: Erik Sugay  

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You can then upgrade Main Street by performing certain conditions or funding developmental projects. Eventually, your village and Main Street can also accommodate a shoe store, gardening store, hair salon, photo booth, café that you can work at, fortune teller, police station, dance club with none other than K.K. Slider as DJ, and the Dream Suite, which allows you to visit the towns of other players online.

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Shops in Animal Crossing: New Leaf have been spread all around giving the small village a much more expansive, yet still very homely feel. The Happy Home Showcase highlights this sprawling atmosphere. Located at the very north of Main Street, this plaza collects the model homes of everyone you have StreetPassed with, saving up to 48 model homes at a time. Here, you can speak with other players’ villager avatars to learn their names and where they are from, which builds a nice bustling community ambiance.

The real draw, however, is being able to enter each player’s house. Sure, you can draw inspiration by how they decide to decorate, but you can also purchase many of the items you see. With hundreds upon hundreds of unique items to collect it is great that you are not limited to just what your village’s shops offer.

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Improvements in this Animal Crossing installment, however, are not limited to just new features. What were once unnecessarily time-consuming processes before have now been streamlined. For instance, when donating items to the museum, you can have multiple items processed at a single time. Also, the encyclopedia takes over Blathers’ long-winded descriptions of new items. Such improvements save you time to do more fun activities.

Visit your friends' villages online for more access to unique items and rare fruit. Take a trip to Tortimer's tropical island getaway to play one of 14 different mini-games to earn medals to buy souvenirs. Go swimming! After having spent dozens of hours on this game, it astounds me that I have just barely scratched the surface of what it offers. If you enjoyed any of the series’ previous entries, Animal Crossing: New Leaf is so many leaps and bounds better that you are guaranteed to love it.


GameDynamo's Score for Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)
Graphics
Crushingly adorable design makes up for the simple graphics. Beautiful.
Sound
The music changes every hour, as expected. Also expected? That each composition is as catchy as ever.
Gameplay
A delightful life simulator that makes otherwise mundane tasks absurdly fun.
Play Value
At least a hundred hours worth of activity. At least!
 
Final Score  100Editors Choice
The evolution of a winning formula. A forever game.

Posted on 06/17/2013 | Game Played on: 3DS
Erik Sugay

Writes for a few media outlets, does graphic design work for a few clients, as well as production work for a few studios (all poorly). Believes the best correlation between the words "twilight" and "sparkle" has less to do with vampires and more to do with a sarcastic pony.

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