Animal Crossing: New Leaf arrives in June

Nintendo confirms latest entry in small-town simulation series arriving June 9 in North America and June 14 in Europe.

Today during a Nintendo Direct video presentation, the Japanese game maker announced that Animal Crossing: New Leaf will arrive in North America June 9, followed by a June 14 launch in Europe.

The game is called Animal Crossing: Jump Out in Japan and was previously slated to arrive during the first half of 2013.

Unlike in past sequels, the game's characters will have a more humanlike appearance.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf will also allow players to become the mayor of the main town and give them free rein to improve the area.

Other announcements during the Nintendo Direct presentation included Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, a new Mario Golf for the 3DS, a new DLC campaign for New Super Mario Bros. U focusing squarely on Luigi called New Super Luigi U., and the unveiling of Donkey Kong Country Returns for the 3DS.

For more on Animal Crossing: New Leaf, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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