What the hell is this?! Nintendo just quietly announced today that a new software update is coming to Animal Crossing: New Leaf this autumn, nearly 4 years after the game originally launched in Japan.
The new software update introduces amiibo functionality for the first time to the 4-year old title, allowing any of the 16 Animal Crossing amiibo figures or over 400 Animal Crossing amiibo cards to be scanned into the game. Facilitating scanning of amiibo appears to be the great return of Wisp, a character notably absent in New Leaf and not seen since 2008’s Animal Crossing: City Folk.
From the screenshots and information provided so far, it’s expected that scanning a villager’s amiibo card will move them into your town with ease. As for the functionality of the regular Animal Crossing figures, we’re not sure yet as it would unlikely for them to ‘move in’ as well. We do know they will be supported though!
Furthermore, some amiibo figures from other series will be additionally supported bringing new content into the game. Right now, we can expect some form of compatibility with the new Splatoon Squid Sisters amiibo just released, based on two screenshots showing Splatoon gear on both villagers and players.
Expect more details on this exciting and unexpected new update in the coming months as the release is expected to arrive worldwide this autumn. The recently announced Animal Crossing game for mobile devices is expected to arrive in the fall too, so we might see some cross-over on that level. I suspect we haven’t seen the full extent of this update yet!