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Iwata apologizes for Animal Crossing: New Leaf out-of-stock situation due to modified 3DS game cart

9 years ago 61 Comments

Nintendo has released a short video with Iwata apologizing for the out-of-stock situation in Japan currently for Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Some have been wondering why this is even a problem since it shouldn’t be difficult to produce more standard game carts.

According to Iwata, Animal Crossing: New Leaf uses a modified 3DS game cart which offers additional save data storage compared to the traditional 3DS game cart. The reason for this is due to the nature of the game saving more items, houses and such data.

Unfortunately, the supplies for this special type of game cart are limited therefore causing the supply issues for Animal Crossing: New Leaf. In fact, replenishing supplies will apparently take several months so it’s unlikely the stock situation will be going away any time soon.

This may also have an effect on the timing of the western release of the game… If Nintendo can’t even supply enough copies for Japan, how are they going to supply North America and Europe any time soon? Feel free to speculate in the comments below!

(via Nintendo JPCheesemeister)

Deciduous Trees revealed in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

10 years ago 13 Comments

Those looking for a little more realism in their Animal Crossing might like this. It seems that some trees in New Leaf will lose their leaves when you shake them. It could also have something to do with delicious fruit as this was a delicious fruit tree but personally I think it’s a result of the winter season.

Whitney was just visiting Mint’s town and shaking some trees when the leaves fell right off this tree. We’re fairly certain this isn’t a glitch since there was a distinct falling animation and sound effect when the leaves fell off.

What do you guys think of this? Would you want this in your town or avoid them at all costs?

First look at the Town Map and Bottom Screen

10 years ago 7 Comments

Famitsu has two new screenshots up on their website that give us our first look at the bottom screen! Up until now, every screenshot released had been only of the top screen. With these new screenshots we’re able to see the Map for the Town and the Island.

It looks like you’ll be able to access the chat menu at any time no matter which screen you’re on by pressing the green bubble at the bottom. Certainly will be handy when playing online. I also noticed that your Town Tree is an icon on the map, kind of like the Wishing Well from the Gamecube game.

Also, what is that big orange button on the right? Just a thought but maybe this is only half of the map and pressing that goes to the other half of the map.

Nintendo of America confirms first half of 2013 release for Animal Crossing 3DS

10 years ago 23 Comments

Many of us have expected this for a while now but Nintendo of America has just confirmed via Twitter that Animal Crossing 3DS will be releasing in the first half of 2013 in the Americas. Meanwhile Japan will be getting the game on November 8th.

Furthermore, in their Animal Crossing tweet they specified first half of 2013 while for their Luigi’s Mansion (also releasing in 2013) tweet they specified first quarter of 2013.

Take it as you will but in my opinion this means a May or June release date rather than around March. Even if we won’t be getting the game soon, we will at least be getting lots of videos on the game leading up to the Japanese release.

How Nintendo can make Animal Crossing 3DS the best AC ever

10 years ago 9 Comments

As we countdown to E3 2012 in anticipation of new information for Animal Crossing 3DS, I’m starting a series of opinion pieces about the game. Be sure to check the blog often for more posts!

With Animal Crossing 3DS set to be the most anticipated game of the series so far Nintendo needs to pull out all the tricks to create the best Animal Crossing game yet. Many people have complained that City Folk offered little more than the previous versions and the 3DS game needs to be more than just a small update.

I’ve spent a little while thinking of what the series badly needs that it hasn’t already gotten yet. Here’s what Nintendo needs to do in my opinion to make sure Animal Crossing 3DS is the best game in the series…

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You may be able to download Animal Crossing 3DS digitally

10 years ago 8 Comments

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:

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