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  • Summary: There are no points or levels, just a myriad of sights and sounds, places and activities...all ready to explore. Spend your time passing new ordinances—or going fishing. Hang out at a coffee shop or visit a tropical island. It's up to you. Your game is what you make of it—and personalizingThere are no points or levels, just a myriad of sights and sounds, places and activities...all ready to explore. Spend your time passing new ordinances—or going fishing. Hang out at a coffee shop or visit a tropical island. It's up to you. Your game is what you make of it—and personalizing your world is part of the fun. Create cool patterns for clothing or furniture, build new structures in your town, design gardens and museum displays, and so much more. Time passes in the world of Animal Crossing just as it does in real life. Celebrate holidays and see the seasons change. Meet new visitors or get gifts from your neighbors. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 70
  2. Negative: 0 out of 70
  1. Aug 26, 2013
    100
    Animal Crossing: New Leaf represents not only the pinnacle of the series, but also the ingenuity of the life simulation genre.
  2. Jun 4, 2013
    97
    It’s not something that you can marathon, it’s not something you can “beat,” and going in without those expectations will ruin it for you. Its portable nature, plus all of the extra features that they’ve been adding since the first game on the GameCube make this not only the best game in the series, but also a perfect starting point for newcomers.
  3. 90
    The definitive version of one of the best feel-good franchises ever.
  4. 90
    Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a beast of a game, featuring hundreds of hours of open-ended gameplay. If you were turned off by the lack of structure and real goals in previous Animal Crossing games, nothing here will change your mind.
  5. Jul 12, 2013
    90
    New Leaf is a truly magical game. It is the best entry in the series yet.
  6. Jun 4, 2013
    84
    New Leaf has an addictive bent unmatched in most other titles, and it will keep those even mildly interested coming back for days and days.
  7. Jun 4, 2013
    70
    A new leaf has not been turned. Rather, an old dog is on display. Faithful, loyal, and hard to dislike, but you know what it can do already.

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  1. Negative: 5 out of 149
  1. Jun 9, 2013
    10
    Much different than the previous DS version I popped in the old game today to see the difference, and "Animal Crossing: New Leaf" is so muchMuch different than the previous DS version I popped in the old game today to see the difference, and "Animal Crossing: New Leaf" is so much smoother and better in every way! The whole game seems happier and Nintendo really listened to its fans. It may sound silly, but being able to sell all your items at once or have the owl appraise all your items at once saves a ton of time and is so convenient! No game is perfect, but this is so close! 9.9/10 Expand
  2. Jul 3, 2016
    10
    My 2nd favorite of the animal crossing series. This is my favorite 3ds game of all time. The game feels fresh and becoming mayor of your townMy 2nd favorite of the animal crossing series. This is my favorite 3ds game of all time. The game feels fresh and becoming mayor of your town is great! The graphics are adorable and there is so much variety. Never ever hate this game. I see people do cause they say it's "boring". It's a life simulator but a fantasy type. Expand
  3. Jul 6, 2015
    10
    This game is one of the most addictive life simulation games out there for Nintendo! Because you play as the mayor there is so much to do toThis game is one of the most addictive life simulation games out there for Nintendo! Because you play as the mayor there is so much to do to customize your town and so much replay value in completing all the aspects of your town and such. Really is a great buy Expand
  4. Jan 13, 2014
    9
    Incredible fun and super addictive. You'll find yourself playing this game all the time everyday because of its fun and easy to do game play.Incredible fun and super addictive. You'll find yourself playing this game all the time everyday because of its fun and easy to do game play. It's a nice game to sit and relax to. Expand
  5. Jun 20, 2013
    9
    This is the first Animal Crossing I've played, had it for 5 days now and play it virtually every free minute I have. Simple to play andThis is the first Animal Crossing I've played, had it for 5 days now and play it virtually every free minute I have. Simple to play and rewarding each day. Fun to play as a family as each profile you create, all live in the same town and contribute to the community. Highly recommended. Expand
  6. Oct 5, 2016
    9
    This game is a life simulation in that your free to do whatever you please to do. You can buy a house,built town projects, go to a differentThis game is a life simulation in that your free to do whatever you please to do. You can buy a house,built town projects, go to a different part of the island or participate in real life holidays(Christmas etc). This game is not designed to be beaten, its designed to entertain the gamer for a few hours every day. Furthermore. it's soundtrack makes the game relaxing to play as you fish, hunt for bugs,look for fossils among many other things. The only downside is some players might find it boring as it might get repetitive after hours of playing aside from that; its great game to play. Overall, as a first time player in the franchise i can say this game is worth the playing time and purchase. Expand
  7. Sep 18, 2017
    0
    Most boring game I've ever played. There is barely anything new you can do each day and nothing you do is engaging or fun. Terrible game,Most boring game I've ever played. There is barely anything new you can do each day and nothing you do is engaging or fun. Terrible game, wouldn't recommend. Expand

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