Nintendo of Europe has once again added a number of 3DS home menu themes to the eShop. Arriving on Friday, December 12, four new themes will be available for both Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Mario fans. All in neutral colours, the K.K. Slider theme may just get you in groove for the weekend, while the Mario characters set in blue or green camouflage and the yellow and white polka dot theme offer a wider choice for those craving a more subtle background.
As per usual, the character themes will set you back €1.99 or £1.79 in eShop credit and the yellow and white polka dot theme comes in at the cheaper, standard price of €0.99 or £0.89. You can check out the gallery below to take a closer look. The four new themes add to the ever-expanding collection of home menu screens available including the recent festive Mario themes.
We know the charming Animal Crossing Wii U Plaza will be coming to an end soon so Animal Crossing fans are naturally wondering what’s next? Well Nintendo has posted a message on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS social network Miiverse staying that there will be more information about Animal Crossing sometime next year.
We’re also going to continue posting news related to the series here in the Animal Crossing News Community, so stay tuned for more information about Animal Crossing next year!
You can currently get the fantastic Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS for $15 at Target. Clearly this a brilliant deal for those that have yet to pick it up or are newcomers to the Nintendo 3DS thanks for Black Friday deals. The promotion won’t last long, so be sure to pick it up if you haven’t already purchased it.
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)
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.
Life simulation iPad title 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.
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.