Animal Crossing: the source of many gamers’ lost hours.

Greetings! If you are reading this, you are probably seeking help for Animal Crossing: New Leaf and fortunately, you’ve come to the right place! In our strategy guide, we’ll tell you everything you need to know to enjoy this quirky game.

For those new to the Animal Crossing series (where have you been?), throw away any expectations you may have about this game, especially since it’s not really a “game” in most traditional senses.

Well, at first, New Leaf seems like any normal game, as you step foot for the first time into a town occupied by friendly, talking animals. Then you’re given a couple of objectives, such as registering as a citizen and buying your first house.

But once you spend any long period of time with the game, you’ll soon discover there aren’t really any set goals to the game and the closest thing to a set goal–repaying your mortgage–will take weeks, if not months to complete.

If you’re suddenly put off by the game, don’t panic just yet! There’s a reason the Animal Crossing series is so hugely popular!

Because of the lack of goals and massive time-investment, it creates a very open-ended and unique game experience that relies heavily on two things: you and your imagination.

Of course, just those two things aren’t always enough, so that’s where we come in. We’ll be your helpful tour guide as you get to grips with life in your new town. Now, shall we?

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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Nintendo
  • Platforms
    3DS
  • Genre
    Social simulation
  • Guide Release
    29 July 2013
  • Last Updated
    7 December 2020
  • Guide Author
    James Bowden

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Animal Crossing: New Leaf sees you crowned mayor as a result of a bit of an accident. When you arrive, Isabelle the town clerk will reveal that you’ve been given the post and from there you can do whatever you please! Use your powers as the mayor to shape the town however you wish, whether this means building bridges, creating public works projects or laying down laws (or ordinances as they are known). With all this freedom, you could soon have the home and town of your dreams!

Version 1.1:

  • How to get the most out of those vital first few days in town.
  • The easiest ways to stuff your coffers with loads of money.
  • Detailed information on every shop in Main Street.
  • Exact dates for every Special Event in the entire game!
  • Complete your encyclopaedia with every Bug and Fish in the game!
  • Where to find every special visitor and what they can offer you.
  • A full furniture list so you can find exactly what you need to build the perfect home.
  • Beautiful screenshots and exclusive HD 3DS tutorial videos with audio commentary!
  • Comprehensive list of furniture, wallpapers and carpets.
  • Comprehensive list of clothes and accessories.
  • Special event pages for the snowman season and Weeding Day.
  • List of all the decorative public work projects and who requests them.

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