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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: 9 out of 196
  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. May 28, 2019
    10
    I have been playing this game at least 15 hours a month since 2012. Sometimes I get bored and play only around 10, but months I love it get toI have been playing this game at least 15 hours a month since 2012. Sometimes I get bored and play only around 10, but months I love it get to 50 or more hours. This game is amazing. It is the only game I can play for years and still be my favorite game. Do not get in to this game thinking you'll be playing hours a day, because you won't. You can do small tasks every day like fishing or catching bugs for the museum or money, picking fruit for money, finding fossils for the museum or money, and talking to villagers. These tasks can range from 30 minutes going fast, to hours long taking your time and having fun. You can also do tasks like picking fruit, fishing, catching bugs or trading items with villagers. These may seem like boring tasks but are really fun. The music for this game is also amazing and makes you super relaxed. Amazing game and only 20$?! Defiantly should be one of your first 2/3DS pickups. Expand
  3. Jul 13, 2013
    10
    A fantastic slice of life game that you can dip into a little every day for months. Great characters and charm, the music is fantastic and theA fantastic slice of life game that you can dip into a little every day for months. Great characters and charm, the music is fantastic and the customization is great, if albeit hid behind unlocking. Only criticism is that you can only store 10 designs on your character, but you can make an alt to get more so it's not that big of a problem. Expand
  4. Jul 22, 2013
    9
    Animal's Crossing: New Leaf is a sort of life simulator game, where time flows just like it does in the real world.

    If you ever played an
    Animal's Crossing: New Leaf is a sort of life simulator game, where time flows just like it does in the real world.

    If you ever played an AC game before you know exactly what you're diving into, it's more of the same, only done better!

    For the newcomers, this is a game that you play day by day as the year goes by, partaking in events, meeting the locals, relax as you catch fish/bugs and generally just do whatever you feel like, there are lots of goals to accomplish in-game, be it completing the museum with various collectibles or decorating your house to your liking, pay your loan to get expansions to your house or just casually play with friends, there's something for everyone here.

    AC: NL brings some major and a lot of minor additions to the game, which ultimately enriches the experience by quite a lot, the biggest major addition tho, is being the mayor of your own little virtual town.

    Being the mayor brings in all sorts of extra features, like being able to build town projects and putting ordinances into place. These projects range from building a new bridge over the river to an expansion of the town museum...

    A minor addition (but a good one at that) is the ability to play with more people on 1 cartridge/town, this means if you and a friend/girlfriend want to live in the same town this is completely possible, but if your friend/girlfriend does something, this will be reflected the next time you start up the game for your character.

    All in all, Animals Crossing: New Leaf has something for everyone and when you find time to invest in it, you can play for months to come, it's not for people looking for a fast and action paced game, it's something you need to do a few minutes/hours a day while relaxing and enjoying your ever growing/evolving town.
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  5. Sep 15, 2017
    9
    Animal Crossing: New Leaf is an excellent fourth outing for the cutesy Nintendo life simulator series. Traditionally, Animal Crossing gamesAnimal Crossing: New Leaf is an excellent fourth outing for the cutesy Nintendo life simulator series. Traditionally, Animal Crossing games draw you in with a basic premise: create a character, move in to a new village, make some animal friends, and live your life. While the series has moved on from some of the more vulgar conversations that one could have with animals on the original Gamecube title, New Leaf does offer so much more that blows every other AC game in the series out of the water.

    Basically, there's just so much to do. You've still got fishing, bug catching, and everything else you should be familiar with if you've ever played an AC game. The difference in New Leaf is that now your villager is the mayor. You decide what projects to take on and fund. Essentially, the entire village's appearance is now at your fingertips. Clothing design at the Abel Sisters has improved, having added a QR code reader to download user-created content online. There's also compatibility with another AC game on the 3DS, Happy Home Designer.

    Nothing is perfect however as you will have to wait a long time to unlock all of the shops and building materials. Simply put, you will need to put in more work than ever before to get things to look exactly how you want them to. Unfortunately, by the time you actually have everything that you want at your disposal, you may have already lost interest in the game. There's also the issue of Amiibos and Amiibo cards. They are all ridiculously expensive and there are a lot to collect. All this aside, I highly recommend Animal Crossing: New Leaf to fans of the series and newcomers alike. I suppose the best praise I could give to this game and the series in general to sell it to anyone is very simple: this is the best game to just sit down and relax with. Play it.
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  6. Dec 11, 2016
    9
    This is a very addicting game! I have put over 130h into the game, and still havent discover or did everything the game has to offer! BewareThis is a very addicting game! I have put over 130h into the game, and still havent discover or did everything the game has to offer! Beware It's be be pretty repetitive, as you'll have to do the same task for a couples of days to get enough money to do what you wanted, but since It's meant to be played by little session time, It's not a major problem. This game is very friendly, very easy and let you do things your way. Must play for any 3DS owner! (PS: the game was just updated to add new feature, most notably the amiibo, which means that you can now have freaking Link in your village, and acouple of others! It's good and refreshing!) Expand
  7. Dec 10, 2020
    0
    A very soulful and memorable game, whose virtual world, every sound and every melody remains in the heart for life. Thanks for this miracle!

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