We’ve known this was coming for a little while now but now the date is official! An Animal Crossing 3DS focused Nintendo Direct for Japan is coming October 5th at 8PM JST. Of course, this will all be in Japanese so keep that mind. Somehow I doubt anyone will really care though!
Were you not already jealous enough of Japan? Well, take a look at this awesome Animal Crossing themed 3DS XL releasing in a bundle with the game in Japan. Yes. You may cry now. It releases November 8th for 22,800 yen in Japan.
After three Mini Nintendo Directs in the past week focusing on New Super Mario Bros. 2 we’ve got a full featured Nintendo Direct coming in from Europe! It will be focused on European 3DS content and airs at 7PM BST on October 4th. For other time zones, click here.
New Villager: Hajime, elephant, born September 7th
Flower Shop: Owned by Reiji, sells seeds for flowers, tree saplings, gardening tools, house plants. Open 10:00~8:00PM. He’s a sloth, and lazy, so he may sometimes not be in the shop.
Museum: Open 24 hours. Will have ‘planned exhibitions’ of items outside those which you give them. Also a Museum Shop run by Blather’s little sister.
Able Sisters: 8:00~9:00PM. Contains an accessory corner now.
Nook Housing: 10:00~8:00PM, parts to decorate your house change every day. Run by Tom Nook.
Speck Shop: Appears to be taking the place of Tom Nook’s old shop, run by twin Tanooki. Sells daily goods like cups for your house. Open 8AM~10PM, Starts of small and grows. Opening hours vary by type.
Kicks the Skunk runs a shoe store, Lisa the llama runs the recycle shop.
Our friends over at The Bit Block have done a quick video analysis of the latest magazine scans for Animal Crossing 3DS. You’ll find picnics, a coffee shop, the village tree and much more in these new scans!
As for the original scan images, you can find them below. If you can find higher resolution versions of these, please let me know.
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.