New features / Items
  • Japan got the game on November 8th 2012. North America got the game on June 9, 2013. Europe and the United Kingdom (including Ireland) on June 14, 2013 and Australia and New Zealand on June 15, 2013.
  • Sharing houses via Street-Pass.
  • Act as mayor because of a misunderstanding. As mayor, you will have a secretary - Isabelle. The other three players are normal residents.
  • Players are taller than previous Animal Crossing titles and the animals are more "realistic" in size (bears are larger and squirrels smaller in size in relation to the player character).
  • Players can still change clothing, including pants, skirts, shoes, socks and swim suits.
  • You can have four player profiles, but only the first player created is mayor. The other three are normal residents.
  • Unlike in previous games, the time will be situated on the top screen in the bottom left hand corner rather than the top left.
    • Bushes with flowers and berries.
    • Flowers are now in groups of four, instead of the usual three (plus the style of some of the flowers have changed).
    • New type of flowers (lilies and violets) in various colors, maybe a result of hybridizing.
    • New fruits: lemon, mango, durian, lychee, persimmon and banana.
    • "Perfect" fruit. (Only one type per town)
    • Perfect fruit can be sold for higher than regular fruit.
    • Perfect foreign fruit grows into plain foreign fruit.
    • Also, flowers now sparkle after being watered, so it is easier for you to see what you have watered already, or missed.
    • Gold tools return (silver bought at the museum's upstairs floor) and the gold can waters a large range of plants at a time.
    • Tree stumps will occasionally have patterns that allow you to grow mushrooms around the stump..
  • Outdoor furniture / town decorations are called 'public works projects'. These include:
    • benches
    • lamp posts
    • fountains
    • clocks
    • fire hydrants
    • sculpted hedges (e.g. tulip-shaped)
    • open shacks/ sheds
    • fences
    • bee houses
    • wells
    • solar panels
    • photo ops (face in hole picture things)
    • signs (caution, stop, yield and custom)
    • bridges (several kinds: the original grey stone bridge, a new wooden suspension bridge, and a new red brick bridge among others)
    • small flower gardens
    • grape vines
    • bonfires
    • picnic supplies
    • camp grounds
    • jungle gyms
    • logs that you may sit on
    • sand gardens
    • lighthouses
    • Oil Rigs
    • and more...
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The Completion of the Cobblestone bridge project.


  • You buy and build bridges whenever you want, with a maximum of having three existing bridges at a time.
  • Sitting on tree stumps.
  • You can get a tan by going to the beach (or island) and stay for 15 minutes straight between the dates of July 16th - Sep. 15th. Wearing an accessory or holding an umbrella will prevent you from getting a tan.
  • Wall-hanging items (such as wall clocks, air conditioners, etc.) can be placed above floor furniture.
  • Swimming and diving for fish and other items.
  • Furniture customization: You can use your own design on your furniture (unknown if there are limits).
  • Players can meet multiple neighbors in one house during certain visits.
  • This game will feature new music, both hourly music and DJ K.K. music.
  • Players can choose where they want their house, instead of 'prebuilt' houses.
  • As mayor, players can choose where to build buildings.
  • Players can change the exterior of your house. (fence posts, outer walls, roof, under pavement, and mailbox)
  • There will be a strip mall.
  • Players can take their shoes and socks off.
  • New stores and owners:
    • A shoe store owned by Kicks called "Kicks".
    • A new recycle store owned by new pink alpaca Reese, with an upholsterer run by a new blue alpaca Cyrus. They run the shop called "Re-Tail".
    • Timmy and Tommy are now in charge of Nook's general store, "Nookling Junction", "Nook. Bros". They have different shifts, but run the store together.
    • "Able Sisters" clothing store now sell pants/skirts, and Labelle from City Folk/Let's go to the City is now working with her sisters as the accessories specialist.
    • A new gardening store run by Leif the sloth.
    • The café is now its own building that can be built in your town through public works projects.
    • You can now build a police station in your town, with Copper and Booker.
    • Club LOL where K.K. Slider plays both new songs and remixed NES ones. Dr. Shrunk teaches emotions before K.K Slider's performance each night.
    • A dream spa ran by Luna, called the Dream Mansion where you can visit other towns in your sleep, or have other people visit your town. The good thing about this feature is that if visitors wreck your town the effects won't stick because you are dreaming! You unlock this town by playing over the internet.
    • A museum shop run by Celeste where you can set up your own exhibits and buy silver tools.
    • Tom Nook runs Nook's Homes where you can now buy upgrades to change the outside look of your house to suit your style such as fencing, walls, and the mailbox. Lyle will have a stand at the bottom left corner inside of Nook's Homes, where he is in charge of the Happy Room Academy.
    • A photo booth will be in the mall area, where you may take photos to put on your player's ID card.
  • You can upgrade some or all of the stores.
  • You can learn and hold every emotion now (unlike in previous games where you could only hold four).
  • New faces and eye colors (you'll be able to change your eye colour in the same way you change your hairstyle).
  • Your town is bigger than the towns in the previous games.
  • The Japanese title is "Tobidase Dōbutsu no Mori" (translates to "Animal Crossing: Jump Out!").
  • The English title is: "Animal Crossing: New Leaf".
  • New styles of clothes.
  • New furniture and furniture sets.
  • As mayor, you have your own office which is located in your town.
  • New villagers, see here.
  • New species of villagers.
  • New hair colors and eye colors. You can change your eye color the same way you change your hairstyle by answering questions.
  • You can change store hours by setting different ordinances (Early Bird and Night Owl).
  • Tom Nook gives you a temporary tent to live in when you arrive. It costs 10,000 bells to get a real house.
  • As Mayor of your village you plant a tree. This tree grows depending on your play time. The maximum is 500 Days which the tree xasts shade over all of the paved area.
  • You can get a part time job at the cafe.
  • There is food (coffee, ice cream, sandwiches, etc).
  • New personalities for villagers. Two new personalities for both boy and girl villagers, Smug and Uchi.
  • You get money in your town fund from neighbors and friends.
  • K.K. is now a DJ along with his normal acoustic music.
  • You can set up a campground where villagers from other towns can camp at.
  • New tool: megaphone. You can use it to get your villagers' and friends' attention, and to find out where they are.
  • Villagers can enter Re-Tail and you can help them make a purchase decision.
  • When designing patterns you can chose the colors you want instead of having a set color palette.
  • You can trade items via StreetPass.
  • You collect items and catch sea creatures while diving.
  • The island has mini games, which Tortimer runs (that's right, he's not gone!).
  • You can choose which room expansions to add (e.g., choosing to add a room to the left of the first floor).
  • You can design roads or paths.
  • You can alter the look of the town hall building and train station.
  • There are some sort of streamer/firework things.
  • You can build two types of police stations. The police officer will vary by the type you choose: classic is Booker and modern is Copper.
  • You can find/dig up ores, such as emeralds.
  • You can buy fortune cookies. You buy these with play coins you've earned (in the usual way by walking around with your 3DS) Timmy and Tommy sell Cookies with Nintendo items for 2 play coins. Crazy Redd sells cookies for 500 bells with random prizes at the fireworks festival.
  • There are miniature fossils.
  • Returning fishing tourney and bug catching tourney, with a winners podium and multiple trophies.
  • You can buy candy for Halloween again.
  • Rainbows! (SECRET: If you pull clovers while there is a rainbow, you get a four-leaf clover. Only once that day, though.)
  • Redd sells statues.
  • New fish and new bugs. Now when you catch a fish or bug, along with a catchy sentence / pun (e.g., "I caught a dace- Woo! In your face!") it will actually tell you how big (or small) your catch is!
  • You can choose which type of ordinance you want in your town. Here are the different types:
    • Beautiful Town (cockroaches, weeds and rubbish like boots and tires turn up less in your town.)
    • Early Bird (shops open earlier and villagers wake up earlier.)
    • Night Owl (opposite of Early Bird)
    • Wealthy Town (items are more expensive to buy and sell)
    • Nothing in particular (no change).
  • Ordinances will cost 20,000 Bells to get them changed and you can change them as many times as you want but you can only have ONE at a time.

  • You can hold up to ten designs.
  • Your pocket can contain up to sixteen items.
  • Instead of just fishing and bug catching you can dive for sea creatures, which is a different category all together.
  • You talk to Isabelle to confirm your birthday.
  • You plant the 'Mayor's Tree' after you talk to Isabelle about your birthday.
  • You start off with five villagers in your town.
  • You can choose the layout of your town map as you ride into town on the train.
  • You earn points by doing various things as mayor until you reach 100%. In a few days your development permit will arrive. After it arrives you can start building public works projects and creating different town ordinances.
  • Isabelle is the one to open the game for you and load your profile, not Rover/K.K. as in previous versions.
  • Tortimer visits you after your second house expansion as mayor and invites you to the island where he resides.
  • Isabelle tells you when there are new villagers and when there are new shops that are open before you play the game.
  • You can register your Animal Crossing game on StreetPass by talking to Kent, Isabelle's younger brother.
  • Labelle, the third Able Sister sells accessories in the game. She is located in the room to the right of Able and Sable's room.
  • You may buy things from other people's model homes.
  • You can choose if you want Kapp'n to sing a song while he takes you to the island and back if there is a visitor with you. His songs have lyrics with them.
  • The island shop, or the "lobby", uses game medals which you win by completing "tours" run by Tortimer. This shop is where you can get rare plants and shrubs and other rare island items.
  • You get bananas, mangoes, coconuts, durians, lemons, and lychees on the island.
  • You need a wetsuit to swim and dive. You can either rent or buy one from the island. You can also rent a shovel, axe, net and fishing rod.
  • There is a limit to how far you can swim.
  • You can jump off the cliff or pier into the ocean when wearing a wetsuit.
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  • There are two main jobs as mayor: one is to make ordinances and two is to build public works projects.
  • Redd now ships the items you buy from him in the mail, instead of giving them to you directly. Make sure you have an empty slot in your mailbox or else it won't be delivered.
  • Five days after your first community project is started, the Gardening store will be open. The axe and watering can will be sold here instead of at Nookling's shops.
  • You can choose which part of your house you want to upgrade first, and by how much.
  • The more you use StreetPass with a person they will bring you presents like balloons, pin-wheels, ice cream and more.
  • Happy Home Exhibit can have up to 48 houses at one time.
  • Villagers can shake trees, go fishing, and catch bugs as well.
  • You can swim around sharks and fish to scare them away.
  • You will get stung by jellyfish if you touch them in the ocean
  • There are more "lucky" items that give you 7,777 points in the H.R.A.
  • The island will sometimes sell an item called the Eek Hammer which is used to make villagers mad and is used in the Hammer Tour at the island.
  • You can expand your house in any order you want after you get the upstairs room.
  • Your game will automatically know your birthday if you have it set on your 3DS (though you can still change it).
  • Resetti won't show up until you make the Reset Surveillance Center after resetting the first time.
  • You get the golden net and fishing rod from the leaders of the Bug and Fishing tourney after collecting 100% of the bugs and fish.
  • You can throw away items using the waste basket / trashcan item in your home once you have bought it



Returning features / items
  • Season changing/weather.
  • The crown is still expensive.
  • Gold roses are back and can be produced the same as AC:CF (wilted black rose watered with gold water can).
  • Bugs. (list)
  • Fish. (list)
  • Tools: watering can, shovel, net, fishing pole, axe, timer, megaphone.
  • Home customizing: arranging furniture, wallpaper and flooring, upgrading size.
  • Home camera control, 360º.
  • Old neighbours and workers (plus new ones). (list)
  • Pavé furniture (now called "Festival Furniture").
  • Mush furniture (Mushroom picking season).
  • Gracie furniture (Gracie returns selling furniture and clothes at the top of the T&T Emporium).
  • The Legend of Zelda outfits and items.
  • Rocks. Every day there is one money rock in town. Hit it with a shovel or axe and bells will pop out.
  • Dirt. Grass does erode, but not as fast as it was in AC:CF.
  • Villager houses.
  • Mailbox.
  • Clovers and weeds. Four-leaf clovers are back.
  • Mushrooms.
  • Fruit. (list)
  • Trees.
  • Flowers. (list)
  • Dock on beach.
  • Seashells.
  • Wi-Fi play.
  • Towns have rivers and bridges.
  • The island.
  • Bed hair.
  • Tent houses.
  • A café with Brewster. You can work there now as a part time job.
  • Can change hair styles with different colors.
  • Multiple grass styles.
  • Railroad returns from AC:GC/N64.
  • The train returns, but this time it's designed more like a tram.
  • Town flag.
  • K.K. Slider is returning.
  • Resetti is back with the Reset Management Center.
  • Copper and Booker are back to running a police station.
  • The DLC golden series returns. To get it you must find three gold nuggets and bring them to Cyrus, and he will make a random piece for 10,000 Bells.
  • Fortune teller Katrina.
  • Hybrids return.
  • Villager pictures.
  • Dr. Shrunk returns.
  • Shampoodle returns in a building directly above the Able Sisters.
  • Pelly and Phyllis returns, working at the post office. (Pelly works the morning shift, while her sister Phyllis works the night shifts).
  • Redd returns to visiting your town on random days in a tent to sell you paintings and statues. Careful, they may be counterfeit!
  • Joan returns, selling turnips. White turnips are returning, red turnips will not be returning.
  • Saharah returns. Talk to her, and she will redo your house with wallpaper and flooring for 3,000 bells.
  • The music in the post office is the same as AC:GC.
  • You can still wear Mii masks like in AC:CF/AC:LGTTC.
  • Fossils
  • Umbrellas
  • Talking to villagers too much will cause them to tell you to go away.
  • On a clear, starry night, while looking at the sky you can make a wish as a shooting star crosses the screen. Just press the A button and your character will bring together their hands and make a silent wish. The following day, Wishy the Star will send you mail, along with a present.


More confirmations through pictures and videos on internet:

  • There is one large tank for fish, but there are two other rooms with as many as eight smaller tanks between them.
  • When answering a question with Yes or No, your head nods up and down or shakes left and right.
  • You can still kick the dirt to fill in holes. You also kick dirt to get rid of designs on the ground.
  • Hold down the "A" button on your Nintendo 3DS while holding a net to slowly creep up to a bug. Release the "A" button to swat the net at the bug.
  • With two screens on the 3DS, when you enter your house a light switch will appear on the bottom screen. You can use this to turn lights on and off, as well as using the item itself.
  • The beach surrounds the town on two sides. There is a dock to get to the lower beach which will get you to the Island.
  • Labelle's Accessory store music is the same as Able's. However, it does not play in the same accordion style. The mood changes to more of a lower chime or xylophone sounding music. There are three Accessories, three Hats and one Umbrella for sale.
  • If you shake a tree and disturb the bees, they will still chase and sting you. However, after your stinging experience you may go back and pick up the Bee Hive itself and put it in your pocket. You can then take it to Reese (Pink Alpaca) at the Re-Tail store as shown here. She buys it for 500 bells (if the bell amount is the same as US)
  • The upholsterer run by Cyrus (Blue Alpaca) is caught here snoring on his desk.
  • When you donate to the Museum you may donate multiple different items at the same time provided they are not in the museum already (shown here). In the video Blathers took three bugs at once and they were available to see in the Exhibit. Moments later, he also took seven fish at the same time. It should also be noted that Blathers will take all items that have not been donated and return duplicates after accepting the originals, should more than one of the same type of item be donated at the same time.
  • A Nook clock shown here. The tail was swinging like a pendulum and made a ticking sound.
  • AC:NL Dresser space is comparable to AC:WW. There are 3 slots: A, B, and C. Each letter holds 10 spots per page and six pages for a total of 180 items.
  • Fish are very abundant. In the video, I watched them catch from river and ocean, seven fish, a boot, and threw one back, in under two minutes.
  • When placing a pattern in Able's shop you have the choice of using a shirt or hat mannequin.
  • There is a Furniture item flagpole with a silhouette of Bowser on it (from Mario games)
  • Here is a sound byte of a K.K. Song (name unknown) Listen here. There is some random tapping from other villagers walking around.
  • Afraid to say the same lag still appears when visiting out of town. (shovel three spin, awkward hang when picking stuff up)
  • There is a Furniture item Doghouse that has a dog that does not come out, but will growl at you.
  • Kapp'n sings on the way to the Island, and back from the Island.
  • When you arrive on the Island you enter a gift shop where there is Hawaiian music playing. An ABD is available, and you may buy a Wetsuit there. Talk to the clerk behind the counter to go on tours with Tortimer. Any items you collect go in a storage bin in the gift shop. When you arrive back to the mainland village, there is another storage bin on the dock that will contain your items from the Island. These bins each hold ten items per page and have four pages, for a total of 40 items.
  • While visiting another town you may put some items in a storage locker linked to your house storage at the Train Station You may use this new feature to place things in your own personal storage without going back and forth between towns. Confirmed that you may put Fish in this locker, which would be available at home. You could not put Fish in storage in previous versions.
  • The Rafflesia is pretty sure to be back. It is confirmed in the museum, so it stands to reason if you don't take care of your town, you will get the Rafflesia eventually.
  • Nookling's shop and Re-Tail (Thrift Store) will both purchase your unwanted items. Re-Tail will give you more bells for your unwanted items.
  • In this game you can now make 4 different types of Snowmen: Daddy-Snowman, Mommy-Snowman, Big Brother-Snowman and Baby-Snowman.
    The proportions are-
    Big on bottom + Big on top = Daddy-Snowman
    Big on bottom + Small on top = Mommy-Snowman
    Medium on bottom + Medium on top = Big Brother-Snowman

    Small on bottom + Small on top = Baby-Snowman
    Each gives different items.
  • The Underwater creatures have their own part of the Encyclopedia.
  • Villagers will clap when they hear you playing a instrument in your home or their home. Villagers will also wave or bow to you once you leave their house.
  • Villagers will react to your emotions.
  • You can only have one public work project being built at a time (e.g. you can't make a bridge while get donations for a bench).


Assorted pics can be found here.
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