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Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Animal Crossing New Horizons New Leaf comparison

Today, we’re looking at the two most popular games in the Animal Crossing series: New Horizons and New Leaf. More specifically, we’re comparing and contrasting them to determine which is the better experience and how a future game could blend elements of both to make something really special.

Three Nintendo 3DS games are joining the Nintendo Selects lineup in Europe starting tomorrow: Super Mario Maker for 3DS, Animal Crossing: New Leaf: Welcome amiibo and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. They will be available at a discounted price both in retail stores and on the 3DS eShop. Today, Nintendo announced that an additional 10% discount on the eShop for these games can be claimed via My Nintendo starting tomorrow at 10:00 BST.


In case you’re wondering, the new Zelda: Breath of the Wild amiibo are compatible with Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo. Link (Archer) summons Wolf Link, Link (Rider) summons Epona, Guardian and Bokoblin both summon Ganon, and Zelda summons Medli.

You were originally able to unlock these Zelda characters in New Leaf with the 30th anniversary amiibo. To recap, 8-bit Link is tied to Ganon, Ocarina of Time Link is for Epona, and Toon Link / Zelda both unlock Medli.

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Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo will be undergoing maintenance a bit later today. The game’s online services will be impacted for about an hour.

According to Nintendo, the schedule is as follows:

– 5 PM PT (December 26) – 6 PM PT (December 26)
– 8 PM ET (December 26) – 9 PM ET (December 26)
– 1 AM in the UK (December 27) – 2 AM in the UK (December 27)
– 2 AM in Europe (December 27) – 3 AM in Europe (December 27)


Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo

If you have SpotPass enabled for Animal Crossing: New Leaf, you should find that a bit of new content is making its way out to you. Nintendo has sent out a new letter from Pete with an exclusive item attached. You’ll receive the white festive tree plus 15 MEOW coupons.

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Update (12/8): The same update is now available in North America and Europe.

Original (11/22): Over in Japan, a new update is available for Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Version 1.5 arrived earlier today.

Today’s patch is small in nature, and is not up in either North America and Europe. It merely addresses an issue with error [004 – 6006] when players downloaded presents/campers. Nintendo also says that there are additional enhancements to improve the user experience.


Nintendo sent out the new Zelda 30th anniversary amiibo at the end of last week. We knew that they’d work in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, but now we know which villagers are summoned when the different figures are scanned.

8-bit Link will allow Ganon to appear, while Ocarina of Time Link brings in Epona. Toon Link and Toon Zelda both unlock Medli.

Thanks to Cameron for the tip.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo is out in Europe today, and for that occasion, Nintendo has released an overview trailer that, well, gives an overview on everything that’s new in this update. Give it a watch:

Nintendo prepared a new video to explain what fans need to know about Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo. Check it out below.

A couple of videos are in showing two of the Animal Crossing: New Leaf villagers that can stop by with amiibo cards. Gameplay clips for Huck and Ellie are below.

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