Animal Crossing: New Leaf

9.5 Overall Score

High replayablility | Easy to catch on to

Repetative | Requires Daily Check Ins

Written by on June 22, 2013 in [, ]

Planting flowers, catching bugs, fishing, catching a train to visit your friends; it is not every day that you can do this and make some money. That is unless you are spending time in your town on Animal Crossing: New Leaf. This is the newest iteration of the Animal Crossing games and it is available on the Nintendo 3DS. There are some amazing changes that have gone into effect within this game since Animal Crossing: Wild World.

Animal Crossing: Wild World was quite similar to Animal Crossing: City Folks except for the fact that you were finally able to carry your Animal Crossing game with you. These games are quite addicting to those people who get involved with them, but going portable with New Leaf was both a bane and a boon. The player seems to lose some of the interactivity that the Wiimote brings to the game that the stylus does not bring with it. Tapping on a screen does not feel the same when fishing.

However, the characters within the game are charming and will pull the player into the role of mayor (a new feature in this game) and make them want to succeed in their role. No longer is it just about making sure that you have enough bells (the money used in AC) to pay off your mortgage to Tom Nook. Now it’s also about the ordinances that you want to enact in your town along with the public works projects that need to be done. Since so many of these projects take more bells than are possible to raise on your own, it is important to go to the train station and open up your train’s gates and invite over your friends.


This way your friends are able to see your town, “steal” some of your fruit (which differs from town to town), buy things from your town shops, and donate to your public works projects. Make sure that you return the favor by visiting your friends. If you want to do the best thing for your friends, and you know that you can trust them completely, add them as you “best friend” in the game. This will allow you to send them mail even when they are not on the game and they can do the same for you if they have also enabled this function, which is a great way of gathering the collectables that many AC fans tend to go after.

You start out living in the town, dealing with the fact that you are just going to be inhabiting a tent. Head over to Nook Homes and Tom Nook will set you up with your first home expansion. The only problem with the first expansion is that it is never big enough and you will quickly find yourself wanting to expand beyond that.

After paying off your first mortgage, heading down to the docks you’ll find the old mayor of the town waiting to invite you to the island. It is here and you will quickly find yourself spending hours of time completing mini-games, along with fishing, swimming, and bug catching. The mini-games allow you to get money that can only be spent on the island and to get items that can only be purchased here. If you are generous you can even pick up a few extra things for your friends who may not have the same things for sale in their island store.


While being mayor of the town, it is important to make sure that you talk to your secretary to see how happy the entire town is, so none of the residents leave. If you do not visit your town on a regular basis, you will find that people will pack up and move on. There is a chance they’ll stay if asked, but it doesn’t always work. Being consistent in your game play and keeping the town looking good can keep things from going south quickly. The ordinances will determine what kind of town you have, so make them according to how you want to run the town.

Overall, this is a highly addictive game. There is so much going on and constantly changing that every day is different. With the ability to work with others via the internet and friend codes (which were also part of the Wii version of the game) it helps bring more interactivity to the game. It is not a game for all people, as not everyone likes to micromanage as much as this one requires. But it is enjoyable, especially if you liked any of the previous Animal Crossing titles.


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5 Comments on "Animal Crossing: New Leaf"

  1. Samantha Olvera June 24, 2013 at 9:23 am - Reply

    This is my first Animal Crossing, but I am hooked. I blame you guys haha 😉

  2. awesomeperspn July 15, 2013 at 11:11 am - Reply

    i love this game o.o but i hate were i put my house xD ah well, its still way better then all the other animal crossing games

  3. Brandi Martinez August 16, 2013 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    I too am new to the whole Animal Crossing: New Leaf world.
    I bought the Animal Crossing New Leaf Game guide, I am confused.
    On many occasion I see the question: “can you get married? I am not into all of that because yes they’re all animals but it brings me to say that in the game guide it states that you can get a wedding cake through Gracie Grace but it’s not like you buy it, cause it says it’s not for sale.
    I know that people have said there has been major error in the game guide, I for one wouldn’t wanna marry an animal lol, but I saw that in the game guide and I was like: “what, no, no way!!
    so I’m new, and I do apologize if this is a rather weird comment but allot of people have asked and I think it has reason to do with what’s in the game’s very strange. I play Animal Crossing New Leaf on the 3DS. Yes very addicted.

  4. Brandi Martinez August 16, 2013 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    I also don’t want anyone to point out that I am odd, it’s just that on allot of forums
    I see people getting mad at others for this perplexing question, and I just wanted point out maybe they’re innocently asking because it does show a wedding cake in the game guide. I for one mean no disrespect or rudeness, or weirdness I was just curious because I saw the wedding cake but honestly there is allot of things in the game that does raise question and I think that’s what keeps us guessing and ever I wouldn’t want to ever marry an animal it’s gross but I wanted to point out that there indeed is that wedding cake in the game guide that insists it’s obtainable through Graciegrace. So I apologize if I offend anyone I sure wasn’t trying to. I’m trying to say that it does raise question and eyebrows. I clearly believe it’s just for looks and decoration.

  5. Kittehpop January 2, 2014 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    I love this game and want to marry Kyle the dog but I don’t know how! Please help!?!

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