The latest installment in the Nintendo Minute series focuses on Animal Crossing: New Leaf. The episode features producer Katsuya Eguchi and director Aya Kyogoku, both of whom have worked on the Nintendo 3DS life simulation title. Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which launched a year ago, introduced several new elements to the series, like customizing specific pieces of furniture, swimming in the ocean and sharing personalized homes with friends. The game is available in stores and on the Nintendo eShop.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf producer Katsuya Eguchi and director Aya Kyogoku revealed at this year’s GDC event that the development team behind the game had an even gender split of male and female employees. The team believe that this factor partially helped contribute to the series broad appeal and evolution.
“As a woman on the team, I always felt welcome, and never felt awkward,” she said.
“Development staff were able to contribute to all parts of the design process, submitting ideas for characters which would then be brushed up for inclusion in the game.”
“It opened us up to a variety of tastes and likings,” said Kyogoku. “Male and females and a variety of ages participated. We were able to leverage our diverse team, which couldn’t be possible if one person was making all the decisions.”
“Kyogoku also spoke of how the bond between the developers translated into the game – team members would make Animal Crossing-themed cakes to bring into the office, and would often go on group barbecues. It meant that as the development process came to an end – usually a tense environment in a studio – the team were fresh and cheery.”
Nintendo has revealed that approximately 18 percent of Nintendo 3DS owners have purchased a copy of Animal Crossing: New Leaf. The life simulation title launched November 2012 in Japan and arrived in June 2013 in North America, Europe and Australia. As of January 2014, the game has sold about 7.38 million units worldwide, making it one of the best-selling 3DS exclusives to date.
This delightful Animal Crossing: New Leaf 2-Poster Set is now available on the US Club Nintendo website for 500 coins. Celebrate village life with this exclusive new set of posters featuring characters from the Animal Crossing: New Leaf game.
The first poster shines the spotlight on the many recurring characters from your town’s shops and special events—including the Able Sisters, Jingle the reindeer and more. The second poster features all of the villagers available in the game, from anteaters to wolves and every charming creature in between.
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Nintendo’s Aya Kyogoku and Katsuya Eguchi will be hosting a special Animal Crossing: New Leaf postmortem at this year’s Games Developer Conference which takes place in San Francisco, California from March 17th to the 21st. The Animal Crossing: New Leaf postmortem will be a chance for Kyogoku and Eguch to explain what it was like working on such an acclaimed and popular franchise. This postmortem will be one hour-long and a date and time will be announced shortly.
Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai has posted a new 3DS screenshot showing Kapp’n and Donkey Kong having a little chat on The Island in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. In fact, this is the first time The Island has been shown in the daily pictures for the 3DS version, and has sparked up conversation in the Miiverse community, with many users questioning Sakurai as to whether it’s a new stage. For the moment, at least, he’s left us with this caption:
“Yar, I wants to watch some o’ that Smash action, too, ye great beast!”
TIME has named their top 10 video games of 2013 and have included three Nintendo titles, along with two additional titles which appear on multiple platforms. Skylanders: Swap Force swooped in at number 10, Pikmin 3 placed at number seven, Animal Crossing: New Leaf at number five, Pokemon X & Y at number three, and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag rounded it out at number two. What do you think of Nintendo’s showing? Should Super Mario 3D World and A Link Between Worlds have made the list? What is on the list that has no business being there? See below for the full list.
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
- Pokemon X & Y
- Gone Home
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf
- The Last of Us
- Pikmin 3
- BioShock Infinite
- Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
- Skylanders: Swap Force