Nintendo of America has uploaded a video titled Inside the Treehouse. Treehouse is the product development arm of Nintendo of America who deal primarily with localisation. The feature video looks at the forthcoming Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS and focusses on the long localisation schedule that the hit franchise has endured. Animal Crossing: New Leaf will be released in North America on June 9th and June 14th in Europe.
The official website for the eagerly awaited Animal Crossing: New Leaf is now live. There’s plenty of interesting and informative content featured on the site, including the trailers which we have previously featured. Animal Crossing: New Leaf see’s the player take the role of the town mayor with a little help from Isabelle and support from all the friendly townsfolk. If you’re looking for some tips on how to be the greatest mayor there ever was then check out the site, right here.
Nintendo of America has made an Animal Crossing Twitter account. The official account’s current purpose is to promote the next game in the series, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and its Tweets will be presented from the point of view of in-game character Isabelle, who’ll be your assistant when you start working as the mayor of your town. Above you can read Isabelle’s first letter, which was attached to the account’s first Tweet. Animal Crossing: New Leaf will be released in June, exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS.
The popular violence in video games debate rises again after a recent string of gun crime attacks in the US, but what’s more surprising is the number of franchises named which typically remain a fair distance from the fray. UK newspaper The Guardian has featured 50 of the best-selling video games of 2012 and pitted them against each other in a chart showing varying levels of violence in gameplay.
Joining the battlefield are popular Nintendo franchises such as Mario Kart, Animal Crossing, Super Mario 3D Land and Wii Sports Resort amongst others. The official ESRB rating gives them an ‘E’ for everyone, but they have underlying levels of ‘cartoon violence’ with a pinch of ‘comic mischief’. According to the chart only 32 per cent of the 50 listed titles contained no violence while 38 per cent were listed as ‘E’ by the ESRB, and 38 per cent contained realistic firearms. If ‘cartoon violence’ is excluded, just over half of the games listed carry a violent label. Of course, The Guardian is clearly underlining the core violence that exists in video games, but is slipping a few bananas behind your vehicle in Mario Kart a step too far?
Nintendo of America has confirmed that the Animal Crossing Nintendo 3DS XL bundle will be arriving in North America. Nintendo of America didn’t mention a release date, but I would presume it’s coming the same day as Animal Crossing: New Leaf launches.
UK online retailer ShopTo has listed the Animal Crossing XL Nintendo 3DS bundle ahead of the Nintendo Direct presentation, which is to take place tomorrow. The bundle is available for pre-order for £189.85 and is due for release on June 14th. That’s the same day that Animal Crossing: New Leaf launches in the United Kingdom. It sounds reasonably likely that we will get confirmation on the bundle tomorrow.
Animal Crossing fans have discovered that Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS is currently priced at $34.99 on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Nintendo 3DS games generally retail for around $39.99, so it’s a little surprising that a huge first party title like Animal Crossing: New Leaf should retail for $34.99. Animal Crossing: New Leaf is due to be released in North America on June 9th.
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon continues to be the best-selling game in Japan for the third time running. This week the game sold 68,423 units and has sold a total of 459,000 units since going on sale on March 20th. Animal Crossing: New Leaf is currently sitting in second place and has shifted over three million physical copies in total in Japan. Here’s the Japanese software and hardware charts.
- [3DS] Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
- [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf
- [PS3] One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2
- [PS3] Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2013
- [PSP] Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2013
- [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission
- [Wii] Taiko Drum Master Wii Super Wonderful Edition
- [PSV] Muramasa Rebirth
- [PSP] Fate/Extra CCC
- [Wii U] Game & Wario
- Nintendo 3DS XL – 34,180 (38,442)
- Nintendo 3DS – 22,684 (28,538)
- PlayStation Vita – 19,328 (31,795)
- Wii U – 16,807 (22,829)
- PlayStation 3 – 14,783 (19,069)
- PSP – 8,876 (12,594)
- Wii – 1,718 (1,858)
- Xbox 360 – 536 (598)
Nintendo of America has released a fresh trailer for Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS. The video highlights the range of stress free activities you can participate in when the game launches in North America on June 9th and in Europe on June 15th.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf for Nintendo 3DS arrives in Europe on June 14th. We announced earlier that the long-awaited game will be coming to North America on June 9th.