Nintendo announced that the immensely popular Animal Crossing: New Leaf has shifted 2.49 million copies worldwide from April through September, which brings the game’s lifetime total to 6.35 million copies sold. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon for the Nintendo 3DS has also proved popular as the game sold 1.91 million worldwide to bring its total to 3.13 million. Japanese exclusive Tomodachi Collection sold 1.63 million copies and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D sales totaled 1.37 million and 1.19 million, respectively.
Katsuya Eguch, the mastermind behind Animal Crossing, has revealed that the company is already thinking about the next iteration of the Animal Crossing franchise. Eguch says that they are currently in the planning stages, so there’s nothing concrete to announce at the moment. However, they are not entirely sure which platform to develop it for. Whether this means they are contemplating it for Wii U, or the successor to the Nintendo 3DS, remains to be seen.
“We have already started thinking about what to do next, but there is no concrete direction yet. First, we need to decide which hardware to develop a new Animal Crossing for, and then we want to use that hardware and find out what it’s capable of and what kind of features it provides. Then we can start thinking of elements of Animal Crossing and how we can realise them using the hardware. So until we discover these new inventions, we will not decide the direction.”
Nintendo has opened a new web store for residents of the UK, at which customers can pay Nintendo directly for items like a Wii U Bundle or a 3DS and games. The new online store is currently offering free delivery on all shipments, with orders over £200 even receiving free next day delivery, and it just so happens that the coveted Animal Crossing: New Leaf-themed 3DS console also happens to be in stock at the store. Although Nintendo’s savvy online store has just launched to UK residents, gamers in Japan have been enjoying a similar experience for quite some time now.
Thousands of mayors across Europe are already enjoying a new laidback life in Animal Crossing: New Leaf on Nintendo 3DS, and now you can introduce a friend to the fun with the Animal Crossing: New Leaf: Welcome a Friend Promotion!
If you register Animal Crossing: New Leaf with Club Nintendo before 22:59 (UK time) on 7th September, you’ll be able to receive a Recommendation Code which you can pass along to a friend. If your friend registers a Nintendo 3DS XL system between 23:01 (UK time) on 6th August and 22:59 (UK time) on 7th October 2013, and enters the Recommendation Code before 22:59 (UK time) on 7th October 2013, he/she will be eligible to claim a free Download Code for Animal Crossing: New Leaf on Nintendo 3DS.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf is even more fun with friends: get together to trade rare items and fruit, have a fishing face-off, or do anything else you like.
Isabelle just announced that Animal Crossing Plaza is coming to Wii U. Animal Crossing Plaza is like an Animal Crossing version of Wara Wara Plaza. You can import your screenshots from Animal Crossing: New Leaf and post them to Miiverse, including QR Codes. You can also post about your favorite animal neighbors, who wander the Animal Crossing Plaza.
Animal Crossing Plaza is a limited-time service that will run through the end of 2014. Animal Crossing Plaza will be available as a free download for the Wii U after today’s Nintendo Direct presentation.
Nintendo has also confirmed that it plans to open a Miiverse community to the immensely popular Animal Crossing franchise. The news was announced by Nintendo of America during today’s Nintendo Direct presentation.
Nintendo’s put together an Animal Crossing-themed lounge near this year’s San Diego Comic-Con to promote Nintendo 3DS game Animal Crossing: New Leaf. If you visit the lounge and are brave enough, you might get to meet an Animal Crossing villager, like the tall one in the above photo – what would you do if you saw him walking toward you?
In a recent interview with Japanese publication CG World the development team at Monolith Soft revealed that the Kyoto team helped out with some of the graphics in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and more recently in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. The interview sheds some light on the company’s new studio in Kyoto, which was created so that the team could work closer with Nintendo. It genuinely sounds a great place to work.
Phil Fish, the outspoken developer behind Fez, has taken to Twitter to show his appreciation to Nintendo for not including microtransactions in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Fish says that the fact that the game doesn’t include microtransactions in this day and age is something special and precious. He also said that it showed amazing restraint from Nintendo.
“That ACNL doesn’t have microtransactions in this day and age is so special and precious! it’s amazing the restraint nintendo is showing.”
Animal Crossing lead designer Katsuya Eguchi says that Nintendo is open to the idea of creating a free-to-play Animal Crossing game which features micro transactions. Eguchi said that the first thing the development team would need to do is to look at what content will be available for free at the beginning. He concluded by saying that Nintendo would ultimately have to find a business model that works.
“I think the main thing that we need to think about before even considering doing something like that is to determine what we’re going to make available from the beginning. I think that’s key in deciding whether we do something like that. If I find a business model that works, however — that works for Nintendo and the end-user — then I can’t say that [free-to-play] is something we wouldn’t consider.”
“When you look at our main audience in Japan, they are definitely that audience that has smartphones. [They are] women in their late teens and early 20s. They are certainly playing free-to-play games on their smartphone.”
Nintendo has told investors today that Animal Crossing: New Leaf has boosted sales of the Nintendo 3DS in the United States by at least 4x versus the previous week. Animal Crossing: New Leaf has also set a digital sales record in the Nintendo 3DS eShop. The adorable game launched Sunday, June 9th in the United States.
Nintendo saying animal crossing boosted US 3DS sales by 4x versus prior week and set digital sales record in eShop