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Animal Crossing: New Leaf

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Animal Crossing: New Leaf
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Developer(s): Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s): Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Category: Simulation
Players: 1-4
Predecessor: Animal Crossing: City Folk
Successor: Animal Crossing for Nintendo Switch
Release dates
N. America: June 9, 2013
Japan: November 8, 2012
Europe: June 14, 2013
Australia: June 15, 2013
S. Korea: February 7, 2013
USK: 0
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Animal Crossing: New Leaf is the sixth installment in the Animal Crossing series, released for Nintendo 3DS. Originally shown off at E3 2010, the game was released in 2012 in Japan, and 2013 for the rest of the world.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf was also released in a bundle with a specially-designed Nintendo 3DS XL system, which includes a copy of the game pre-installed on the system.



Welcome to your new life!
Something's always happening in the world of Animal Crossing!

Make your mark as mayor!
Keep yourself and your neighbors happy by building a town that fits YOUR lifestyle!
Construct bridges and landmarks.
Create the perfect place to live.

Nonstop fun...every single day!
Spend days and nights exploring an exciting world with your amazing new animal friends!
Cool activities every season.
Busy days and bustling nights.

Design your home and style your character!
Decorate and remodel to suit your sense of style.
Experiment with new clothes and accessories.

Visit friends' towns, or have them visit yours!
Travel to see your buddies, and showcase your home via StreetPass.

Nintendo website

The charm and creativity of Animal Crossing returns as a Nintendo 3DS™ exclusive with Animal Crossing™: New Leaf, and this time you step into a new role–mayor–where the decisions you make will shape your town and your life.

Experience a living, breathing world where new friends and new discoveries await every day—morning, noon, and night. Express yourself by customizing your character, your house, and your town as you create your ideal world.

Visit other players' homes and towns through your local wireless connection or online play for creative inspiration, or to socialize with up to three other players at once. Show off your custom designs and cool new outfits by posting your in-game screenshots with Nintendo 3DS Image Share.

Cultivate your creativity and make Animal Crossing your world with more choices and more fun than ever before!

Nintendo eShop

Welcome to Animal Crossing, where as mayor of your own town you make the decisions that shape your town and your life. Experience a living, breathing world where new friends and new discoveries await every day—morning, noon, and night.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is loaded with new characters, items, and activities to enjoy all year long. Customize outfits in countless ways. Furnish your house with an extensive variety of furniture, carpet, and wall decorations to reflect your personality. Then connect with friends to show off what makes your character, your house, and your town unique.


The basic gameplay is similar to the previous games. Players are able to interact with the animal villagers and partake in a variety of activities. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, however, the player is the mayor of the town. As mayor, the player has the responsibility of improving their town for the villagers, and are able to build Public Works Projects, which include objects such as fountains, bridges, and other objects.

Using online play, players are able to visit the towns of other players from around the world.

Technical details

Technical details
Media: Nintendo 3DS Game Card
Digital download
Download size: Original: 6002 blocks
Welcome amiibo - 7205 blocks
Supported features: Nintendo Network (Online play), Local Play (2-4 players), StreetPass, SpotPass, amiibo (read only)
Input / compatible controllers: Nintendo 3DS


Version no. Release date(s) Description
1.1 JP/KOR: March 3, 2013[1] Fixes a bug when the game starts up; fixes a crash when the player enters the police station; adds an "Update" option to the main menu, allowing players to download further updates from in the game.[2] In other regions, the version of the game at release is the 1.1 version.
1.4 November 2, 2016 Adds amiibo functionality, adds new items and minigames. The Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo release of the game is this version of the game.
1.5 NA/EU: December 8, 2016[3]
JP: November 23, 2016[4]
KOR: December 1, 2016[5]
Fixes a bug that causes a (004-6006) error code to appear when downloading presents or campers, gameplay enhancements.[6]

Other releases

Title Cover art Platform Release date(s) Notes
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo Selects) NA: August 26, 2016 A re-release of the original game under the Nintendo Selects lineup.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo Selects) NA: December 8, 2016[7]
JP: November 23, 2016
EU: November 25, 2016[8]
AUS: November 24, 2016[9]
A release of the Nintendo Selects version of the game featuring the 1.4 update pre-installed. This release comes packaged with an amiibo card from the Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo series cards.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo  • Tomodachi Life Double Pack 3DS Double Pack ACNL + TL.jpg Nintendo 3DS JP: January 1, 2018[10] A two-pack bundle that includes both Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo and Tomodachi Life.

External links


  1. Animal Crossing: New Leaf update on the official website. Nintendo. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  2. Software Update released in Japan and South Korea, fixes Startup and Police Station errors. Animal Crossing World (March 18, 2013). Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  3. Animal Crossing: New Leaf Has Been Updated To Version 1.5. My Nintendo News (December 8, 2016). Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  4. とびだせ どうぶつの森 amiibo+ 更新データ(Ver. 1.5)配信のお知らせ. Nintendo (November 22, 2016). Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  5. Update page on the official Korean Nintendo website (December 1, 2016). Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  6. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – New update available in Japan (Ver. 1.5). Perfectly Nintendo (November 22, 2016). Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  7. Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo on Nintendo's website. Retrieved on September 7, 2016.
  8. "[News] Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo includes the upcoming update and arrives in stores on 25/11" Animal Crossing UK on Twitter September 1, 2016). Retrieved September 7, 2016.
  9. "Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo includes the upcoming update and arrives in stores on 24/11 in AU/NZ" Nintendo AU NZ on Twitter (September 1, 2016). Retrieved September 7, 2016.
  10. Nintendo announce 3DS Double Packs. Japanese Nintendo (November 9, 2017). Retrieved November 22, 2017.

Animal Crossing series logo
Main games

Doubutsu no Mori • Doubutsu no Mori+ • Animal Crossing • Doubutsu no Mori e+ • Wild World • City Folk • New Leaf • New Horizons

Side games / applications

Clock • Calculator • Happy Home Designer • amiibo Festival • Pocket Camp

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