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Isabelle Pencils In Time To Join Super Smash Bros Ultimate

Posted on September 14, 2018 by Rae Michelle Richards

Surprise! The fan favorite mayoral assistant, Isabelle, from the Animal Crossing franchise is joining Nintendo’s upcoming Super Smash Bros Ulitmate. Her reveal footage actually starts off like an actual Animal Crossing game – misdirecting fans to think that they were actually watching the reveal trailer for a brand new entry in the series.  It is only once she receives an official letter asking her to join the grand melee is it obvious that she is the latest newcomer.

Isabelle is not an echo fighter (direct clone) of the already existing Animal Crossing Villager, but the pair do share a few moves between them. Watch in this 30 second video above as she uses a bug net to swat at opponents, captures Luigi with a fishing rod and most importantly builds an entire city hall for her final smash.

Needless to say the internet absolutely adores her and will do everything they can to protect her. From her previous appearance as an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros For Nintendo 3DS, to racing in Super Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Isabelle has been making the rounds in Nintendo crossovers for awhile. It’s nice to see her take a break from all of that civic work and find time to kick some butt!


Animal Crossing on Switch – What we’d like to see

Posted on March 7, 2018 by Jason Nason

It’s hard to believe that Animal Crossing has been around for nearly 20 years. The original game was released for the Nintendo 64 in Japan on April 14th, 2001. Can anyone say “Animal Crossing Day?” The game was enhanced and re-released for the GameCube in December 2001 and was later released in North America on September 15th, 2002.

With Nintendo’s planned Nintendo Direct scheduled for tomorrow, there are bound to be new game announcements for the back half of 2018. Nintendo has already confirmed that tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct will include information on upcoming Switch titles. Could an announcement for a new Animal Crossing or Pokémon game be on the way?

With that thought in mind I thought I’d list up some of the things that I’d like to see in a Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing title.

Lots of Amiibo support

We got a little taste of what amiibo can do in an Animal Crossing game when Nintendo surprised everyone with a free update to New Leaf, but amiibo support for a new Switch title is a foregone conclusion. With more than a dozen amiibo figures and literally hundreds of amiibo cards already available, Nintendo would be nuts not to make them an integral part of a switch title.

But I don’t want just a one tap a day thing like New Leaf. Amiibo should be a part of playing the game.

In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild you could tap virtually every amiibo out there to get useful items in the game. Imagine something similar in Animal Crossing where tapping an amiibo card could yield you items. Or could help you when doing a task for a villager.

Friendship levels

Nintendo started this with the mobile game Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. As you interact with the campers you raise your friendship level, unlocking new items and options. I think something along these lines but less defined would be great for a new mainline title.

As you interact with villagers more in the new game there should be some visual representation of your friendship. Whether that’s in the form of a colour, a smiley face icon in your villager list, or something more direct, it would be great to know just where you stand with your animal friends. The way the animals greet you could be different depending on how close you are. There were some very subtle things in New Leaf that gave you an idea of how close you were to your neighbours, like getting letters in the mail, being asked to come for a visit, or having them drop by your house unexpectedly, but it was never clear just where you stood.

Are you just pals or are you best buds? Have you ignored that one villager for a while and now they’re feeling sour towards you?

Part time jobs

Unless you’re the mayor again in the new game – and even if you are – it would be great to have an added variety of things to do. Sure picking fruit, fishing, collecting bugs, and digging for fossils is fun, but very little has changed since the original games way back when. Let’s have a part-time job at the Nook Brother’s store where you have to keep the store stocked or perhaps a throwback where you have to run deliveries. Maybe you’re working at the Mable Sisters and you’re in charge of the spring line where you have to design some killer threads. Perhaps you’re working for the town and have to keep litter cleaned up or weeds pulled. Maybe you’re in charge of preparing for the upcoming fishing tournament and there is a list of things that need to be done before the big Saturday?

There are surely a ton of varied things that could be added in as new (optional of course) tasks.

Backwards compatibility

Look, I’ve been playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf for my Nintendo 3DS since 2013 and I don’t have any desire to put into mothballs. While it’s clear that there would be no way to be able to travel from my 3DS into my new town on the Switch, there certainly shouldn’t be any reason that I can’t go the other way. Everything from the catalogue in the 3DS title should be included in the new Switch title so it would be amazing to be able to hop a train and venture into my 3DS town and back. Perhaps take a few souvenirs back with me to the Switch.

The connectivity could be treated the same way the Island is in New Leaf. Before you board the train all of your items are stowed away and you come to town empty handed. When you return to the Switch you’ll get all your gear back. That way there’s no way you’ll bring an item that doesn’t exist in New Leaf to the 3DS and cause all sorts of chaos. And bringing items back could work the same way as the island with a little “one way” box that you can fill in the 3DS town and obtain back on Switch.

A small update to the 3DS title would allow for the compatibility coinciding with the Switch game’s release to bring the games together. Nintendo proved that they can update New Leaf when they added amiibo functionality four years in. Let’s do the same here.

Even more animal characters (and amiibo cards)

Animal Crossing is starting to feel like Pokémon when a new game is on the horizon. The game will be more of the same but will feature new animals. Like each new Pokémon invariably has new Pokémon, the new Animal Crossing game should have a selection of new and unique animals who haven’t been in a previous title. The introduction of another animal species would be nice to see as well. And with new animal villagers comes (hopefully) new amiibo cards as well.


Maintenance Tuesday for Pocket Camp ahead of new features

Posted on February 10, 2018 by Jason Nason

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will be undergoing some scheduled maintenance early next week. The maintenance will take place starting February 13th at 11am ET and run until later that day, wrapping up around 6pm ET.

Since Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is an online only game the game will be offline during that time, so you will be unable to play Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.

The maintenance is certainly to bring in a few new features to the game, which have been teased about on Twitter. These include the ability to dress up your animal campers as well as a new device coming to OK Motors. The “Brake Tapper” device looks to be a slot machine. There is little information to go on but likely this will have a free daily play followed by spending of Leaf Tickets for additional plays.

There will also very likely be more to the dress up aspect. Look to have animals have preferred clothing options and request specific clothing items be crafted to their liking. This could also be an added request before an animal will come to your campground.

Lottie’s Gothic Rose Festival just wrapped up yesterday. Be sure to go by your garden, pick the remaining roses, and collect your Bells from Lottie.

Update: The Japanese Twitter account for Pocket Camp @pokemori_jp tweeted out a teaser image for the next in game event from Lloyd’s perspective. The next series of furniture items seem to have a crystal theme.



Animal Crossing update happening this week?

Posted on January 28, 2018 by Jason Nason


Last week there was a notice posted in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp that a big update was coming soon. That update may be almost upon us.

The game has been updated to version 1.1.4 in the Google Play store and upon installing the update the game prompts to download a large update (around 60MB or so) to your device. This is undoubtedly the content for the newest update, which is certainly right around the corner.

Updates for Nintendo’s mobile games tend to go live at around 1:00am ET so, the update may go live late tonight. Save for that it could be released at the end of the current Winter Sports event, which wraps up Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 at 12:59am ET.

Check out the full details for the update from our friends over at DAG, which includes picking outfits for your animal friends, an easier to use Market Box, and the ability to ask for help for Shovelstrike Quarry from more than one friend at once.

Update: The folks at @ACPocketNews have done a datamine on the newest update, including revealing the new animals being added to the latest update. They were teased by the official Japanese Pocket Camp Twitter account @Pokemori_JP yesterday and have been revealed to be Twiggy, Bob, Stitches, Merengue, Francine and Pietro.

Additionally the new event will be Lottie’s Gothic Rose Festival and will feature new gothic looking furniture and clothing items.



Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Coming to Mobile Devices in Late November

Posted on October 24, 2017 by Jason Nason

One of Nintendo’s most enduring franchises, Animal Crossing is coming to mobile devices for the first time in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. The new smart device game allows players to decorate and expand their camper home, and learn more about the community they are part of. In the first Animal Crossing game for mobile devices, you can interact with animal friends, craft furniture items and gather resources while managing a campsite. It’s a slight departure from the core Animal Crossing gameplay but it looks like another laid back and enjoyable experience.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp launches on iOS- and Android-compatible mobile devices in late November.

“As our past mobile games have proved, we love taking established and well-loved franchises and transforming them for the ways players use their devices,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is great for newcomers to the series as well as longtime fans, and ideal for people playing on a mobile device.”

Some of the highlights in the video include the following:

  • Manage Your Manager: When you start a new game in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, you will be asked to create your personalized campsite manager avatar – your character in the game. You can choose to be a girl or a boy, and customize things like skin color, hair color and eye color. Whatever suits you!
  • Arts & Crafts: By gathering resources like fruit and wood, you can craft items for your campsite. These include furniture and decorative items, like couches and benches, as well as baskets and plants. To craft items, just speak to classic Animal Crossing villager Cyrus to put in an order. After the item is finished, you can place it around your campsite or decorate the interior of your camper.
  • Leaf Tickets: Leaf Tickets can be earned through regular gameplay or purchased using real-world money, and can be used in a variety of ways in the game. For example, they can be used to shorten the time needed to craft items, more easily acquire materials or acquire unique camper exterior designs.
  • Friendship Level: In Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, you can chat with your animal friends or fulfill their requests to raise your friendship level. If you level up your friendship or decorate your campsite with an animal’s favorite items, she or he might pay you a visit.
  • BHFF (Best Human Friends Forever): Not all of your friends in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will have fur or feathers. You can send your in-game Player ID to real-life friends who also own the game to have them visit your campsite. Random player avatars will also visit the campsite from time to time. Once someone visits, you can exchange your Bells for items saved in the Market Box.
  • Tick Tock: Similar to past Animal Crossing games, time passes in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp just like in real life! As morning, day, evening and night pass, the scenery in the game will change and different animal friends might show up.
  • Area MapAnimal Crossing: Pocket Camp is full of places to visit and explore. In addition to your campsite, you can travel in your camper to a beach, a forest, a river and an island.
  • Market Place: The go-to spot for shopaholics, Market Place is full of stores run by familiar Animal Crossing characters like Timmy, Tommy and the Able Sisters. The various shops in Market Place offer things like furniture and clothing items. The selection at each shop rotates, so don’t be a stranger!
  • OK Motors: Remember that camper that was mentioned a few bullets back? It’s not used to just travel between locations in the game. By visiting the OK Motors store, you can acquire things to customize your camper, including furniture to fill the interior and paint to decorate the exterior. It’s like those tiny homes that are all the rage … but with wheels!
  • Expanding Camp Life: In addition to all the fun things you can do in the game, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will eventually offer seasonal events to keep the experience fresh and surprising, as well as limited-time furniture and outfit options through game updates. These events and updates will begin rolling out after launch.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will launch for free on iOS and Android mobile devices in late November. For more information about the game, visit https://ac-pocketcamp.com.



Animal Crossing Direct coming Tuesday

Posted on October 23, 2017 by Jason Nason

Nintendo announced this morning that there will be a special Nintendo Direct planned for tomorrow. The Direct will be focused solely on the Animal Crossing mobile app.

A mobile app based in the Nintendo franchise was announced long ago with no details aside from being dated for 2017. The presentation tomorrow should give us all the information we need including release date, pricing, as well as just what the app will be about.

Will this be a mobile version of the popular game? Will it connect somehow to the 3DS title or allow for some functionality between the two titles? Perhaps the new app will play a role in an as yet unannounced Switch title.

So many questions, which will hopefully be answered tomorrow.

The Nintendo Direct is set to begin at 11:00PM ET.



Animal Crossing amiibo just $5 at Walmart in Canada

Posted on December 10, 2016 by Jason Nason

Okay so the Animal Crossing amiibo haven’t been a huge success when it comes to the rest of Nintendo’s figures. Part of that is likely due to the lackluster reception of last year’s Animal Crossing amiibo Festival and the resulting over-saturation and under-selling of the figures.

But if you haven’t completed your collection of amiibo of the Animal Crossing nature, and you live in Canada, now is your time.

Walmart Canada is now selling Animal Crossing amiibo for just $5.00! There are only a small selection of the amiibo available on the Walmart website, but if you’ve been to a brick-and-mortar store recently then you know there are lots of finds to be had. It’s unclear if the Village amiibo is included in this sale as, while it is an Animal Crossing character, it’s from the Super Smash Bros. line. It’s also assumed that the three packs of amiibo (

Below is a checklist of the available Animal Crossing amiibo so help you complete your collection. The sale runs through January 4th, 2017.

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Retail release Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo pushed back

Posted on November 30, 2016 by Jason Nason

For those who didn’t pick up Animal Crossing: New Leaf before and are waiting for the updated retail release Welcome amiibo to hit stores, you may have to wait just a bit longer.

Originally scheduled to be released on Friday, December 2nd, Nintendo.com now lists the release date just shy of a week later on December 8th. The move could possibly be to spread out Nintendo’s releases, with Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS also releasing on Friday.

For those who aren’t picky about getting a physical copy of the game, the game can still be downloaded from the Nintendo eShop, and the free update which adds all of the new updates (version 1.4) has been live in the eShop since last month. As well, the Player’s Choice edition of the original release should still be in stores and can also be updated via the eShop.

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Nintendo plays it smart with Animal Crossing update

Posted on November 7, 2016 by Jason Nason

Now Nintendo could have gone the money route and made a brand new Animal Crossing game. Animal Crossing: New Leaf was released for the Nintendo 3DS back in back in 2013, so it’s been three years since its release. And when you consider that this is the forth game in the main series, and the games have been released about every three to four years apart, it wouldn’t have been at all surprising if they had.

Sure we had spinoffs Happy Home Designer and amiibo Festival in 2015 but we’re talking the main game.

So it came as a huge shock earlier in the year when Nintendo announced that they would be releasing a huge update to the four year old game and also adding amiibo support to the game. And the update would be FREE! In a world of paid season passes and endless paid DLC, getting such a huge update for free is amazing. Not only that but the update would be released as a physical game in retail store for a whole new group of kids and adults alike to get into the game.

Bravo Nintendo!

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Update and amiibo arrive in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Posted on November 6, 2016 by Jason Nason

Animal Crossing: New Leaf got its long awaited free update today, which was announced in a special new Nintendo Direct video presentation.

The free update launched this morning alongside the Nintendo Direct, and will also launch as part of a packaged version with the full game called Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo for theNintendo 3DS. The updated version of the classic Animal Crossing: New Leaf game adds amiibo functionality, which opens up a whole neighborhood of new possibilities. By tapping the new Welcome amiibo cards for Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo launching Dec. 2 and the 16 previously released Animal Crossing amiibo figures, you can welcome villagers in their very own RVs to a special new RV campground.

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Animal Crossing Welcome amiibo and new cards coming in December

Posted on September 3, 2016 by Jason Nason

Nintendo unveiled that there is an update coming for Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS. Nearly four years after the release, Nintendo is releasing a free update for the game.

The update, which will come this November, will bring amiibo functionality to the game.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf will support all four series of Animal Crossing amiibo cards, which consist of 400 cards in total. According to the amiibo website, tapping an Animal Crossing amiibo card to your game will prompt the villager on the card to visit your town. They may even move in!

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Animal Crossing: New Leaf update coming to support amiibo

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Jason Nason

Nintendo unveiled this morning that there is an update coming for Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS. Nearly four years after the release, Nintendo is releasing a free update for the game.

The update, which will come this November, will bring amiibo functionality to the game.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf will support all four series of Animal Crossing amiibo cards, which consist of 400 cards in total. According to the amiibo website, tapping an Animal Crossing amiibo card to your game will prompt the villager on the card to visit your town. They may even move in!

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Nintendo: Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem apps on the way

Posted on April 27, 2016 by Jason Nason

Get ready for at least two more Nintendo apps for your smart phone this year. Nintendo announced that its next two mobile apps will be based on Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing franchises.

Nintendo plans to release both of these applications this fall.

For Fire Emblem, Nintendo plans to make it more accessible in comparison to the Fire Emblem games for Nintendo’s gaming systems. Nintendo said that it aims to offer the great value of a role-playing strategy game while make it more approachable.

Nintendo will design the Animal Crossing mobile game so that it will be connected with the world of Animal Crossing for Nintendo platforms. They said that by playing both Animal Crossing games, users will find increased enjoyment. It’s not known if this is in relation to current Animal Crossing Games (New Leaf or Happy Home Designer) or if the app will be compatible with a new, unannounced Animal Crossing console game.

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Animal Crossing was released 15 years ago

Posted on April 17, 2016 by Jason Nason

It’s hard to believe that Animal Crossing is fifteen years old as it only seems like yesterday I was sitting in my room playing the first game in North America on my Nintendo GameCube. It’s also hard to imagine that the game took up an entire memory card, which is why the original game came packaged with one.

The very first Animal Crossing game was released for the Nintendo 64 in Japan on April 14th, 2001. Since then there have been several releases across multiple generations, including the most recent spin offs Happy Home Designer and amiibo Festival.

To commemorate the day, Nintendo of Japan released a small gratitude video, showing the games through the years and thanking gamers for playing the games.

It’s been a wild ride (or Wild World) and hopefully there is a lot more to come.

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Sweet Animal Crossing Deals in Canada this week

Posted on March 22, 2016 by Jason Nason

If you’re an Animal Crossing fan and don’t already have all of the games and amiibo this might just be your week. Several Canadian retailers have select Animal Crossing amiibo, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, and Animal Crossing amiibo Festival on for some pretty awesome deals!

And when I saw awesome, I mean it. Some of the deals include 50% off the three-pack amiibo sets, buy one amiibo get one free. There is also a deal for 50% off Animal Crossing amiibo festival, and EB Games has a free amiibo with purchase of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer.

Among the participating retailers are Toys’R’Us, Best Buy, EB Games, and Amazon.ca.

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