Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a video game for the Nintendo 3DS console. It is the latest game in the Animal Crossing series, where the player character lives in a rural village populated with anthropomorphic animals. First announced at E3 2010, it has been confirmed that the player will be the mayor of the animal village.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf introduces many new features to the series. Players will begin the game living in a tent, rather than a house, that will eventually be upgraded and expanded. Customisation, a major facet of the series, particularly in the player's ability to modify the character's appearance and furnish the living space, has also been enhanced. The character's pants can now be modified in addition to their shirt, shoes, hat, and accessory; and the ability to hang furniture on walls has been added. Features previously used in the Japanese exclusive Dōbutsu no Mori e+ for the Nintendo GameCube, such as benches and lamp posts, which had been removed from following releases, have returned. Another addition is the new ability to swim in the ocean that borders the village. Players may visit each others' towns using the Nintendo Network and can be added to a friend's list that allows them to exchange messages with one another, while up to four players at a time can travel to the tropical Tortimer Island to take part in various minigames that award medals.
The game features a new game mechanic that makes the player the town mayor, allowing them to have more customisation of their town than in previous games. While taking part in mayoral duties is not obligated to play the game, being the head of town imparts two gameplay features new to the series: Public Works Projects and Ordinances. Public Works Projects allow players to collect funds from townsfolk and other visiting players to construct new objects such as bridges, fountains, and light poles, as well as add new facilities such as police stations and cafés. Ordinances gives players the ability to customize the way their town functions by passing laws, such as the "Early Bird" law that requires shops and citizens to be active earlier in the day, or the "Night Owl" law that does the opposite, requiring businesses and denizens to be active late at night.
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