Only in Animal Crossing could I be excited about planting a banana tree, or catching a rare butterfly, or paying off the loan for the second story addition on my house… or fear the omnipresence of an anthropomorphic raccoon.
With every new platform since the GameCube, Nintendo has released a version of the life simulator game Animal Crossing. The trend continues with the latest release on the 3DS, Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Although the collecting and repetition is still present, a handful of additions make this iteration stand out.
I’ve played every Animal Crossing game except City Folk on the Wii (although I greatly wanted to). I probably played Wild World on the DS the most, simply because it was portable and I found that to best suit the series. Another case in point to that is New Leaf here: it’s easily the best AC experience to date. New features, smooth visuals, a game that demands your attention but doesn’t force you to play, likable characters, wonderful multiplayer option, and the list of awesome features goes on. Put simply, Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a game you just can’t put down, and one that you will actually want to keep playing day after day.