I got some sad news here folks. Animal Crossing 3DS has been confirmed for Early 2013 in Europe. Based on this and the lack of the game being mentioned on the American Nintendo Direct we can assume the same for North America. That last bit however is not confirmed. Stay tuned.
Keep in mind this is pure speculation but the English Nintendo Direct just ended with no mention of Animal Crossing 3DS while the Japanese one had a 3 minute video saying 2012. Again, just speculation but does this imply a 2013 release for North America/Europe? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
The first of today’s Nintendo Direct events (the Japanese one) starts in just 10 minutes. Click here to watch it or use the embed after the break. As always, I will be posting any new Animal Crossing news on the blog so don’t worry about watching it if you get bored.
UPDATE: Since this post was published, Nintendo of Ameria and Nintendo of Europe have announced their own events. They will both be broadcasted an hour after Japan’s. For those keeping track that means Midnight EDT/9PM PDT for NoA/NoE. I suspect these events will contain mostly the same content, just in English with Japan-only games removed.
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.