Who would have guessed? Animal Crossing: New Leaf is currently sold out across Japan with the initial shipment of 600,000 copies! An additional shipment of 300,000 more copies is expected by the end of this week which will probably sell out too.
Was that not enough? Nintendo has also sold about 200,000 downloadable copies directly through the Nintendo eShop. Clearly retail game downloads are catching on in Japan. Although some of that may be driven by the fact that the game is sold out everywhere at retail.
If you do a little math there, you’ll notice that means Nintendo has already sold 800,000 copies in just one week. All in all, Animal Crossing: New Leaf is definitely doing well in Japan! Who knows, maybe this will push Nintendo of America to hurry things up. (yeah right)
To celebrate the game’s release in Japan, Famitsu sat down with some of the developers of Animal Crossing: New Leaf to ask them about the game’s development. Of course, it was in Japanese but now Polygon has translated the interview and posted some highlights of it.
Here’s an excerpt from the article with sound director Kazumi Totaka discussing the game’s new music and sound effects:
Totaka led up a sound team in New Leaf that came up with so much new original music for this game that he has trouble picking a favorite. Music wasn’t his only focus, though. “We made an effort to program the sound engine such things like the sounds of rivers and insects were expanded upon,” he said. “A game’s sound is about a lot more than just music, after all; sound effects and the code driving it all play equally important roles. Everyone involved keeps piling up features based on what they’re good at, and we create this world together.”
To see the rest of the interview, head over to Polygon.
Japan is getting some promotional 7 Eleven furniture in December. These items include a 7 Eleven model shop, a counter with a cash register, and more.
Just bring your 3DS to a local 7 Eleven in Japan to wirelessly receive the exclusive furniture in your Animal Crossing game. You’ll want to come multiple times throughout the month as new furniture will be offered every week.
What are your thoughts on these types of promotions? Does it add to or take from the game’s atmosphere to have outside branded products like these in the game?
The first starting details for Animal Crossing: New Leaf are coming in from players in Japan who got hold of the game a day early. Personally, I don’t consider these to be spoilers but if you are very sensitive you may want to refrain from viewing. To see the information, click Continue Reading.
Today, we have a first look at the map of the Mall or City across the train tracks in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. There isn’t anything too special about this map but you can see that the Museum can be on either side of the map.
After City Folk offered voice chat through Wii Speak, some have hoped that New Leaf would support voice chat through the 3DS microphone. Unfortunately, this is not the case.
In a Question and Answer page on the Japanese site, it’s revealed that the game offers no Voice Chat. Of course, you can still use the keyboard on the second screen to type just like before. Still, it would have been nice to have voice chat.
There’s a fairly large Iwata Asks up now in Japanese for Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It’s a very long interview, so it will be a while until we have a translation. Until then, we have 2 minutes of new footage from the interview. Watch it below: