In the newly released Japanese overview trailer for Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival, a release date for the game has finally been revealed for Japan, and we’ve got some juicy speculation on the overseas release date.
Since the announcement of Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival, we’ve called it a party game, not a board game. That’s because there is more to the game than just the board game mode that has been shown off so far, and it’s now been confirmed on Nintendo Treehouse Live.
As many of you know, Nintendo’s latest big release Splatoon launched today on Wii U. Luckily for us, Engadget has published an interview with the producer of the game Hisashi Nogami alongside the release! But who is Hisashi Nogami?
Hisashi Nogami is a top developer at Nintendo, where he has directed Animal Crossing games from the original through to City Folk on the Wii. More recently, his attention has been focused on the Wii U OS software, and of course Splatoon. We can only assume he is working on the upcoming Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer as well.
Thanks to the folks at Engadget, we got a little Animal Crossing question in at the end of the interview for us to twist and speculate on:
It’s happening at long last. Nintendo has just announced today a new agreement with Japanese mobile game company DeNA to bring Nintendo’s intellectual property, including characters, to mobile devices. This new deal includes the potential for any and all Nintendo IPs to be developed for mobile devices in collaboration with DeNA. There will be no exceptions to any individual IP: the deal covers them all, including Animal Crossing.
Aya Kyogoku, the director of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, took to Miiverse today to remind everyone of the impending closure of the Animal Crossing Plaza application on Wii U. As we’ve known since the release of the plaza back in 2013, the application will be closing this month. The last chance to download it from the Nintendo eShop is December 21st, so here’s your chance to check it out if you haven’t yet.
Some have wondered whether our version of Animal Crossing: New Leaf would come preinstalled with the updated version or if it would arrive at a later date through a download.
Thankfully, we can confirm that at least the German game is running version 1.1 or higher and most likely the other localized games are as well.
The confirmation comes in the form of a video of the German game with the third Update option available on the main menu, an option introduced into the game with version 1.1 therefore indicating the game is running version 1.1 or higher.
Remember, retailers can be wrong and this is not an official confirmation. However, the bundle appearing 2 days before a 3DS Nintendo Direct is certainly suspicious. We’ll let you know if there’s any updates or listings from other retailers.
UPDATE: ShopTo has since removed the page from their website. Was it a mistake or did Nintendo tell them to take it down? Find out on the Nintendo Direct tomorrow I guess!