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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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  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 155
  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. Jan 11, 2015
    10
    I was expecting great things when I popped in my first ever Animal Crossing game into my 3DS for the first time! Was I disappointed? Of courseI was expecting great things when I popped in my first ever Animal Crossing game into my 3DS for the first time! Was I disappointed? Of course not!

    The game's incredibly addictive and you'll find yourself playing it for months on end. There's just so much to see and do here. You can go to Main Street and buy some clothes or donate fossils, fish, and bugs to the museum or you can go to the Roost to get coffee (or make coffee for your villagers) and much more! I've never played a game where I've never got bored: this game is the first!

    The villagers/animals in the game make you feel much more engaged with the experience. They all have a unique personality (boys have four available personalities and girls have also have four available personalities), making it easy to connect with them. Of course, I do have my favorite (boy-smug, girl-normal) but the fact that you like some villagers more than others shows that each one is different.

    Tortimer Island is a fantastic addition to the game. Without it there'd probably be a lot less fish and bugs to collect. Therefore, Tortimer Island is one of the reasons the game has so much replayability. The tours (or minigames) featured at the island are very fun even if some of them are a bit more confusing than others. Tortimer Island probably would've been a lot more fun if I hadn't cut down all the trees there but that's my own fault...

    Your home plays a big part in the game. You can upgrade it via Nook's shop, get points on it via the Happy Home Academy, and get ideas for it via Happy Home Showcase. I personally was so busy with other things to worry about my house but it's a much needed addition. The Happy Home Showcase was really fun to look at, though, as you could buy furniture from other people's houses straight from it!

    New to the Animal Crossing series is your responsibility of being a mayor. Namely, you can make ordinances (make things lower priced, make the town look better, etc.) and make public works projects. These public works projects are a huge responsibility in the game. Without these, you can't add the Dream Suite (in which you can visit other players' towns via dream) or the Reset Center (Mr. Resetti, the boss of the Reset Center, will scold you for not saving). The whole mayor thing is like turning a new leaf! (pun intended)

    Holidays also play a big role in the game. While in the grand scope of things, there aren't much holidays, when they do come around they're a big deal: especially Toy Day (Animal Crossing equivalent of Christmas). You have to learn what every single villager wants for Toy Day as when the holiday occurs, you have to play the role of Santa! It's a big undertaking, but it's all worth it! Other holidays include Bunny Day (Easter), Festivale (made up for this), and Halloween.

    Overall, Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a fantastic game and it's one of the best I've ever played. It's incredibly addictive and for good reason. The amount of replayability in the game is astounding!
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  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. 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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