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8:30 AM on 06.09.2013

Retro games in Animal Crossing 'not happening ever again'

When people that don't really like Animal Crossing talk about what they want in a new Animal Crossing, they often call back to the GameCube title's inclusion of playable NES games (Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros., Punch-Ou...

Jonathan Holmes





11:45 PM on 06.08.2013

Animal Crossing: New Leaf out now via 3DS eShop

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is now available via the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Sure, the game will be available in stores starting tomorrow, but Nintendo president Satoru Iwata seems to think people should go for the digital ver...

Kyle MacGregor

10:30 AM on 06.05.2013

Nintendo World will transform into Animal Crossing town

To celebrate the release of 3DS game Animal Crossing: New Leaf Nintendo will be transforming the Nintendo World store into the Animal Crossing town. How amazing is that? I mean, will Mr. Resetti be there? Fruit just layi...

Dale North



Review: Animal Crossing: New Leaf  photo
Review: Animal Crossing: New Leaf
by Jim Sterling

Animal Crossing is a hard series to assess because, to this day, I still struggle to understand what I like about it. Actually, I still don't know if I actually like it or not. When I played Wild World, I obsessively absorbed myself in it every single day, sometimes making it my first activity of the day. It was over a month before I realized it was compulsion, not enjoyment, driving me. 

Even so, every Animal Crossing excites me. Something about it always draws me in, even though I know it won't be long before my virtual life becomes a monotony of shaking trees, fishing, and paying off loans in a game that perpetuates itself through a constant shifting of goalposts. Eventually, as always happens, I'll get tired of it, and realize every game, no matter what else gets added, will always boil down to fruit and fishes. 

But this time I get to be the mayor. The mayor!

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3:00 AM on 05.30.2013

K.K. Slider covers Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky'

YouTube user Alex Romero made this little mashup featuring K.K. Slider in place of Pharrell Williams in Daft Punk's "Get Lucky." Nothing mind blowing, but if you enjoy K.K. Slider's demonic voice and the Daft Punk single, then you're in for a good time. [Via GoNintendo]

Hamza CTZ Aziz

6:00 PM on 05.24.2013

Animal Crossing: New Leaf gets a bizarre TV spot

Nintendo is gearing up for the release of the newest iteration in the Animal Crossing series on the 3DS, titled New Leaf. To help get people in the mood, the first commercial spot has appeared, and it's...interesting, to say...

Chris Carter

6:30 PM on 05.16.2013

Nintendo says Tom Nook is not bad, just misunderstood

[Header image by kennuhisaki] Like many others, Stephen Totilo at Kotaku fosters a strong distaste for the business practices of Animal Crossing's perpetual town merchant Tom Nook. Totilo got to chat with some of the top...

Darren Nakamura

12:15 PM on 05.15.2013

Rhymedown Spectacular: The Quest Not Taken

Your ol' pals Jim and Yahtzee are back, and this week they're lending verse to Thief 4 and Animal Crossing. It's all very artistic stuff, and involves the human condition.  We are professional poets now, and we'll say this to all our dates when we go on dates with hot people. 

Jim Sterling

11:15 AM on 05.09.2013

Kotaku lied: Nintendo loves penises AND butts!

In a recent article on Kotaku, writer Patricia Hernandez pointed out that, while Nintendo will censor asses, it has no problem showcasing a delicious penis.  She used Animal Crossing: New Leaf as evidence, criticizing Ni...

Jim Sterling

5:00 AM on 04.25.2013

Party it up at Club LOL in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Oh Animal Crossing, you have a special place in my gaming life. I lost six months to you when you came out originally on the GameCube. I swore I never would play another Animal Crossing after that, but Animal Crossing: New L...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:00 PM on 04.19.2013

The Evil Within, Deadpool, & Legend Of Yoshi's 3D Luigi U

Well, I done goofed when I was making the thumbnail for this episode. The Evil Inside is not an actual video game. I am dumb. Today's formerly-live Destructoid Show covers the announcement of Bethesda and Shinji Mikami's new...

Max Scoville

9:48 AM on 04.17.2013

Animal Crossing: New Leaf to come in new 3DS XL bundle

Announced during this morning's Nintendo Direct, a hardware 3DS XL bundle for Animal Crossing: New Leaf will come at launch in a few weeks. It's a white-on-white model, decorated with a cute leaf/icon pattern. The game will c...

Dale North







Mr. Resetti is optional in New Leaf thanks to crying fans photo
Mr. Resetti is optional in New Leaf thanks to crying fans
by Jonathan Holmes

Animal Crossing is a series about doing whatever you want, with a few loose goals put in place if you choose to pursue them. It's one of the least punishing series ever made. One of the few times you might feel anything unpleasant in the series is if you try to cheat by hitting reset, presumably to undo an in-game "mistake" like failing to catch a cool fish or having a bad interaction with a talking penguin. 

Reseting causes a character named Mr. Resetti to pop up the next time you start the game, who then lectures you about how you shouldn't have cheated. Along with Psycho Mantis's mind reading in Metal Gear Solid, it's one of the more creative fourth wall-breaking moments in gaming history. For a game that's otherwise focused on giving the player total freedom to apply negative reinforcement by forcing you to read a lengthy (and often hilarious) in-game lecture seems perfect.

But maybe it was too perfect, as according to the latest entry of Iwata Asks, Mr. Resetti's chastising was enough to bring some players to tears, presumably out of guilt. That led the developers to make him an optional in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. They also changed the underlying goal of the game from paying off rent to Tom Nook to improving the town as its new mayor.

New Leaf is quickly moving towards becoming the best-selling game in the series, so it's clear that Nintendo made the right move. Still, I can't help but feel like Animal Crossing is better when it can make players feel awful. It adds contrast to what can otherwise be a wholly soft experience. Without dark we can have no light, without Yin there is no Yang, without stress you can't relax, and other cliches. How about you? How do you feel about Animal Crossing with zero feel-bad potential?

Animal Crossing's Mr. Resetti made optional because he made players cry [Shacknews]

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4:30 PM on 04.08.2013

Feel at home in this new Animal Crossing: New Leaf video

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is nearly here (just a few more months to go -- June 9th), and Nintendo has decided to placate all of us with a new trailer. The video goes over a few basic features, like exploration, hunting for i...

Chris Carter

8:37 AM on 02.14.2013

OH BABY! Animal Crossing DLC coming to Style Savvy

Nobody cares about this but me. I am a pretty, pretty princess. But yes, Nintendo's highly fashionable Style Savvy: Trendsetters, the boutique management sim released last year, will be receiving Animal Crossing-themed DLC. The "Gracie Grace" brand will be coming in the near future. So yeah. I'm beautiful.

Tony Ponce



Nintendo Direct: Animal Crossing: New Leaf coming in June photo
Nintendo Direct: Animal Crossing: New Leaf coming in June
by Chris Carter

Nintendo Direct dropped a huge nugget of info this morning for Animal Crossing fans -- the new 3DS iteration, New Leaf, is coming June 9th in the US.

You'll start your adventure with your customizable house, and your loan will be a lot smaller this time around, to allow new players to get acclimated faster.

More details on online play and other online features will be coming "closer to launch." Considering how successful it was in Japan, I'm guessing a lot of people want info sooner than later!

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