Last week I was given access to Nintendo’s Mayor Program. Along with a number of other gamers/bloggers, I was allowed an early look at upcoming 3DS life sim Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Moreover, we were all actively encouraged to continue too share our gameplay experiences–in stark contrast to most game’s strict embargoes regarding such coverage.
I’ve been updating my personal Twitter feed with daily snapshots of the goings-on in my Animal Crossing town, and henceforth I’ll be compiling those into this weekly feature.
As in previous titles, New Leaf sees your player character moving to a new town inhabited by friendly animals. Your first concern is to find housing.
This time, however, in addition to beautifying your own home you’re also tasked with running the town as it’s new mayor.
After a long first day it was time to soak up the scenery.
Those mysterious floating packages are back.
Saharah the camel also returns, and this time she applies new carpet and wall covering in your house while you wait.
I managed to pay off my initial mortgage on the second day.
Better in-house camera control means you can really appreciate the environments.
Animal Crossing: Parks and Recreation Edition
My first project was a park bench.
My new neighbor doesn’t share my keen eye for design.
Oh great, a clown!
You can fish on your own tropical island.
The Kapp’n is your noble ferryman.
But sometimes he gets weird.
It’s the mayor’s job to help the town grow. This includes the main street shopping district.
Hapless castaway Gulliver is back, and just as clueless as ever.
I got mad fishin’ skills!
Phineas the sea lion from City Folk returns, this time to reward players with special badges.