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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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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 169
  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. Feb 15, 2017
    10
    This game is a addiction to me. Catching bugs, fish, talking to folks, going to the island, play online, and other activities. Finding secretsThis game is a addiction to me. Catching bugs, fish, talking to folks, going to the island, play online, and other activities. Finding secrets in this game is a fun experience and you should definitely play it. It's for all ages, this is worth 20 bucks than any item in this world. If you don't have 20 bucks, ask your mom, this is a innocent and fun game for them to play too. The graphics are at its best for the 3ds, smooth controls, and the 3d is great on the 3ds. Everyone needs to play this wonderful game. This is why I gave this game a ten. Expand
  3. Nov 18, 2014
    10
    I played Animal Crossing: Wild World for the old DS, so I was pumped when I heard about the new one. The first thing I noticed when I poppedI played Animal Crossing: Wild World for the old DS, so I was pumped when I heard about the new one. The first thing I noticed when I popped the game in was that it was gorgeous. The second thing I noticed was that it was one of the most engaging games I've ever played. The way the game is set up forces you to care about your villagers and their problems. And the best/worst part about it is that there is a limited amount of things to do each day, so it's almost impossible to play this game for more than 45 minutes a day. I have over 100 hours on this game and plan to restart my town and get 100 more. Amazing game. Expand
  4. Dec 21, 2013
    9
    I am willing to give this game a 10 because not only is it extremely relaxing it may look childish but it has hundreds of hours and things toI am willing to give this game a 10 because not only is it extremely relaxing it may look childish but it has hundreds of hours and things to do. I can safely say this game is a game you must buy if you own a 3ds in fact it was the first game I got when I bought it and I have not had doubts about it since. The music is very nice while being relaxing and there is stuff to do every day. Expand
  5. Jul 3, 2013
    9
    fiancé loved it, I thought it was alright. She was a fan since the wii version. if you like the wii version you will more than likely love thefiancé loved it, I thought it was alright. She was a fan since the wii version. if you like the wii version you will more than likely love the 3DS version. its not really my cup of tea but I can see how some like it. I gave it a 9 because I feel the developers accomplished what they were going for and gave you more choices. still could use more changes especially if it takes a couple years to make Expand
  6. Mar 14, 2017
    9
    Graphics - 9
    Music - 10
    Gameplay - 9 Content - 10 Personal Fun - 10 Difficulty - 1
    Graphics - 9
    Music - 10
    Gameplay - 9
    Content - 10
    Personal Fun - 10
    Difficulty - 1 .
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  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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