Animal Crossing: New Leaf Amiibo Update Goes Live

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Amiibo Update Goes Live

Today's Nintendo Direct was all about inviting Amiibo to your Animal Crossing town.

This morning, Nintendo featured an all-new Nintendo Direct focused on Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Instead of a new title, the Direct focused on the Amiibo update, which is live right now on the Nintendo eShop. Players with the New Nintendo 3DS or New Nintendo 3DS XL can tap the Amiibo directly to their systems, while owners of older systems need the NFC Reader/Writer.

The update will add Harvey's campground to your town and when you scan an Amiibo, Wisp will invite that character to rest at your campground. Certain spots are saved for special Animal Crossing Amiibo characters, while others are reserved for your regular townsfolk. The special visitors offer unique interactions and coupons, which you can exchange for new furniture or minigames. The minigames include Animal Crossing Puzzle League, which is an Animal Crossing version of the game known as Tetris Attack on our shores, and Desert Island Escape.

More importantly, there are the new, non-Animal Crossing visitors. Recent Legend of Zelda Amiibo can be scanned to bring over Wolf Link, Medli, Ganon, and Epona to your Animal Crossing town, each with new furniture. The Splatoon Callie and Marie Amiibo will summon Cece and Viche, two squirrels dressed like the former pair. The Inkling Amiibo invites Inkwell the Octopus for a visit.

There's also the new Save Data transfer from Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, giving you even more furniture options for your cozy home. New touchscreen controls have been added to improve furniture placement and your overall inventory space has been increased. Nintendo added a way to restart your town as well: you can sell the whole thing to Tom Nook for some bells, so you're not starting from scratch. Then there are smaller, random features like the Amiibo Camera, letting you take pictures with your favorite AC characters.

The retail version of Animal Crossing: New Leaf with the Welcome Amiibo update is still coming this holiday season.

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Mike Williams

Reviews Editor

M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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