We’ve yet to get the officially translated Q&A for Nintendo’s financial results briefing, but that hasn’t stopped others from translating the Japanese text which is currently available. Interestingly, Miyamoto says that they are developing special cards as part of their Amiibo project and he also says that they may produce smaller figures which could work with a game like Animal Crossing. Here’s the translation.
“Q1 is about amiibo. They basically talk about the different projects they’re planning for next year and the advantage of allowing them to be used in multiple games as well as the speediness of their read/write speeds. They mention non-figure based ‘amiibo’ are being planned, saying that they are developing cards as part of the ‘amiibo’ project. They reference the e-Reader cards from the GBA era when saying this. They also talk about smaller, cheaper figures than the Smash figurines and talk about the possibility of using such figures in something like Animal Crossing. Miyamoto is apparently pushing teams to come up with non-standard uses of the NFC reader in the U, the results of which they hope to be able to show off next year. Also talks about using amiibo to extend the life of already released titles, like Mario Kart”
Fancy a change of theme on your Nintendo 3DS? Well the Animal Crossing themes are now available to download on your handheld. They aren’t free, but they aren’t very expensive either, so it’s worth taking a look on the Theme Shop. They will set you back $1.99 each.
- Isabelle at Town (Town Hall music)
- Mable (Able Sisters music)
- Sable (Able Sisters music)
- Timmy and Tommy (Nookling Shop music)
- Colourful Pattern (a.k.a. Pop Tarts, title theme music)
- Isabelle and Bulletin Board (1pm music)
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Capcom has announced that Animal Crossing content will be coming to Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate in Japan. The developer says you can dress your Felynes as Animal Crossing’s Isabelle and Mr Resetti in the upcoming game. You can watch the adorable trailer, above.
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Castaway Paradise may be coming to the Wii U, according to the game’s developer Stolen Couch Games. Speaking to Eurogamer, the Netherlands-based developer has said that despite Castaway Paradise taking inspiration from Nintendo’s hit Animal Crossing franchise, the gaming giant is aware of the endearing app and is entirely “fine” with development.
Life simulation iPad title
In Castaway Paradise, your avatar can collect bugs, fish, help your neighbours and grow crops similar to Harvest Moon. The island even has side quests where you can build a town well or a bakery, as well as options for customising clothes and household items.
With Nintendo open to the game’s appeal, Stolen Couch co-founder Eric Diepeveen additionally said the team has considered the free-to-play app for the Wii U. But whether or not we’ll see the game on Nintendo’s home console remains to be seen. Currently, Castaway Paradise is only available on iPad for Canada, Australia and Vietnam, though Stolen Couch is aiming for a U.S. and UK release later in the year.
“Animal Crossing, Harvest Moon and The Sims are all inspirations for Castaway Paradise. What we tried to do is create an experience similar to those games but for all platforms, including mobile and Steam. We’ve taken the best aspects of life simulators and improved and expanded on these aspects.
“Some people are concerned of Nintendo’s opinion of our game. All I can say it that we’ve been talking to Nintendo for years. We’ve showed Castaway Paradise to them and everything is fine. We’re even considering bringing Castaway Paradise to the Wii U. There are many differences between the before mentioned games and Castaway Paradise.”
Is this a game you’d like to see on the Wii U, or would you rather have a new Animal Crossing game for the home console? Let us know in the comments below.
Super Smash Bros creator Masahiro Sakurai has confirmed today that the female villager from Animal Crossing will be a playable character in the forthcoming Smash Bros for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. She’s not a new character, but simply an alternative costume for the male villager from Animal Crossing.
“Pic of the day. You can choose to play as the girl villager too!! How lovely.”
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Isabelle from Animal Crossing: New Leaf has joined Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS as an Assist Trophy. According to Super Smash Bros. series director Masahiro Sakurai, the cheerful character will assist players with fresh-picked fruit from her town. Nintendo recently announced that a Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct will air on Tuesday, April 8th. The upcoming online presentation will provide new details on the forthcoming fighting game, which arrives later this year.
Animal Crossing series creator Katsuya Eguchi announced at this week’s Games Developer Conference that the adorable title has sold an impressive 7.38 million copies worldwide since launch. Eguchi revealed earlier today that the development team behind Animal Crossing: New Leaf had an even gender split of male and female employees.