Pay attention on your train, as your answers will decide your future character and town.

Welcome to your town! Oh wait, we’re a bit early; we’re apparently still on the train. In which case, welcome aboard the train to your town!

Within seconds, you’ll meet Rover the cat who’ll ask you for the time. Be sure that you set the time accurately as the game is based heavily on the passing of time; different things happen at different times of the day, week and year.

Next, Rover will ask you for your name and then you will reply that your name is “cool” or “cute” (or plain wrong, allowing you to re-input it). Choosing cool will make your character a boy while saying cute will make your character a girl.

Now you have to name your town and pick a map for it. The map will determine the layout of your town and the buildings inside it. You can say ‘Nope!’ to change the map or ‘Here!’ when you’ve decided that you’re happy with that town layout.

Even though the map looks bare now, as time goes on more villagers will move in and you will be able to construct new buildings and up to three bridges in total.

Rover will finally ask you a few questions about you and your intentions. The choices you make will determine your character’s appearance. The possible combinations are as follows:

I’ve never been there -> I’m moving -> I’ll get a place there

I’ve never been there -> I’m moving -> I’m sure I’ll be fine

I’ve never been there -> I can’t say -> You guessed it

I’ve never been there -> I can’t say -> How’d you know

I don’t remember -> I’m moving -> Yes, probably

I don’t remember -> I’m moving -> No, that’s not it at all

I don’t remember -> I don’t know -> Yeah, I think I will

I don’t remember -> I don’t know -> I’ll let fate decide

It’s a secret -> Duh, it’s a SECRET -> You got it

It’s a secret -> Duh, it’s a SECRET -> Pretty sharp

It’s a secret -> I’m moving there -> Yup

It’s a secret -> I’m moving there -> No, I’m serious, yo

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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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