In case anyone wanted to know, Nintendo of America president Reggie has confirmed to Kotaku that an Animal Crossing game is still in development. I don’t think anyone actually thought it was cancelled or anything but it’s nice to hear Nintendo acknowledge the game’s existence still!
Nintendo’s 3DS version of Animal Crossing, announced eons ago and slated for a fall Japan release, just no-showed E3. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime tells Kotaku: “Animal Crossing is a game that is in development.” That’s all we got!
A bunch of fans sent Nintendo of America emails asking about Animal Crossing 3DS recently after the events of E3. Here’s the mass email reply they sent out to everyone who asked:
Thanks for contacting us. I can certainly understand your disappointment that Animal Crossing was not talked about further at the recent E3 conference. I’ll be certain to document your feedback and report that you want to see Animal Crossing released for the Nintendo 3DS to the appropriate departments here at Nintendo.
Believe me, we are every bit as excited as you are to learn more about what’s coming. Eventually, we will pull back the curtain and share all the new and exciting details on our website (www.nintendo.com) but I’m unable to say when we might release more details to the public.
I want to make sure that you know that the Animal Crossing franchise is still very important to Nintendo, which is why it is one of the games featured in the upcoming Nintendo Land game for the Wii U (http://e3.nintendo.com/games/#/wiiu/nintendo-land). While I know this wasn’t the answer you were hoping for, I appreciate your enthusiasm for the Animal Crossing series.
Nintendo of America Inc.
So basically just standard PR jumbo from Nintendo of America telling us to look forward to a freakin’ mini-game in Nintendo Land. Sigh.
Um. Excuse me for a moment but, WHAT THE HELL NINTENDO? The 3DS Presentation just ended and they didn’t mention Animal Crossing 3DS at all. Not even a screenshot. It may be delayed until 2013. More details in a second.
Note that this doesn’t confirm a 2013 release but don’t you think it’s extremely odd they didn’t show it at E3 2012 at all? The video does say “and more” but really would they show Transformers over a first party game like Animal Crossing? I doubt it.
Well, this is rather disappointing. There wasn’t any Animal Crossing 3DS news today at Nintendo’s E3 Presentation. However, they did show off an Animal Crossing minigame for the Wii U as part of “Nintendo Land”.
Animal Crossing: Sweet Day is an Animal Crossing themed minigame included in the new Nintendo Land game for the Wii U. Stay tuned for more details soon.
However, there is still hope for Animal Crossing 3DS as Nintendo is still holding a 3DS presentation tomorrow at 6PM PDT. More details on that later.
Nintendo held an investor meeting recently and at this meeting Iwata has revealed Nintendo’s plans to offer full retail games digitally on the eShop starting with New Super Mario Bros. 2 on the 3DS in August 2012. That’s pretty cool, but how does that relate to Animal Crossing you might say? Well, later in the meeting Iwata had the following to say about retail games going digital:
Finally at last we have some new screenshots of Animal Crossing 3DS! Nintendo released four screenshots via it’s Nintendo Direct presentation. Iwata said that the game is well on the way into development and we should expect a release in Fall 2012 (Japan). The Japanese title for the game is “Tobidase Doubutsu no Mori” which translates to “Animal Crossing: Jump Out” in English however that translation is unofficial and the official English title may be different. You can find the screenshots after the jump.