It's been almost a year since Animal Crossing: New Leaf was released for the Nintendo 3DS for both North America and UK/Europe which was around the same week as E3 2013 was so this really was good time for Nintendo to release New Leaf it has worldwide sales of 7.38 million since it was first released in Japan back in November 2012.
I was pretty surprised that I've spent more than 83 hours on New Leaf and keeps making me want to come back to my own town, the funny part is that I've named my town Inaba which was from Persona 4 (PS2) and even changed the town theme to the Junes Theme if you've played Persona 4 that is you may get the reference. In New Leaf you are the Mayor of your own town and you can decide what you want to do in your town and plus create your own clothing designs and play with friends either local or online.
The day after it was launched in the UK there was even Animal Crossing Launch Event thanks to StreetPass Newcastle which had an event in Newcastle where a load of 3DS users would meet up and play multiplayer games or having a laugh, I was at an Anime meet as well during the day and yes everyone was talking about Animal Crossing. For a Launch Party a good 70 people who turned up at the event and there were a few tournaments going on including Bug Off and Biggest Fish competitions if you had Animal Crossing on you and plus they had a Mario Kart Wii tournament on the fastest time and a Super Smash Brothers tournament too.
Back in 2010 you can tell at E3 2010 when Animal Crossing was first announced to be released for the Nintendo 3DS you can tell straight away that this game is going to be huge when it comes to online multiplayer and living your mini life in your own little town. Like past Animal Crossing games you move into your own town and start making friends with your neighbours, like the 3DS version this time you get to be the mayor of your own town plus having the power to control the town and build even cooler stuff in your town including a café, street lights and even a tower. When I look back at New Leaf my own town itself has grown quite big and full of happy residents, had a few residents leave in the past but that only happens if you don't want to listen to someone in your town or when everyone else was playing the likes of Pokémon X and Y during releases many players left their towns abandon with weeds and dead flowers everywhere.
The online support is still going strong as ever where you can head to the post office to pick up a special present which happens once every 2-4 weeks so you may want to check sites like Facebook to know. The streetpass for New Leaf is another clever thing about it is if you get streetpass by another 3DS and they have a copy of the game, they can show off their home. If you want to visit a friend's town you can either do this online if you have good Wi-Fi or if you are out with a few friends can play local up 2-4 players where you can visit other towns or play some multiplayer games.
The only other game that is almost close to New Leaf is Tomodachi Life which is released this month for both North America and UK/Europe, taking the life of your own Mii on an island inhabited by various Miis. You can import from their 3DS, other devices, or QR codes, or create from scratch using the 3DS' camera or the in-game creation tools. You can be given their own voice, which is spoken in vocal synthesizer software, and a unique personality based on slider inputs given. Perform various actions, such as eating, trying on different outfits, falling in love with someone of the opposite sex, and doing many leisurely activities. As more Miis including yourself are introduced, many strange and curious interactions can occur between Miis, such as friendship, rivalry, bizarre musical numbers and more. There has already been a lot of complaints and a few bad comments from gamers recently about same-sex relationships in the game but however this still doesn't stop people from buying the game as we speak.
Are you still playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf? Planning on buying Tomodachi Life this week?
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