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After the company’s recent strive to push its charmingly addictive life sim series Animal Crossing toward the spotlight, Nintendo has announced today that it will be rolling out a major update for Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Originally released all the way back in 2013 (2012 in Japan) for the Nintendo 3DS, New Leaf has still successfully managed to hold its own in terms of popularity against even today’s 3DS games despite its age.
The upcoming update centers around amiibo functionality, and will allow players to scan a variety of amiibo they own in order to unlock a plethora of new content. While the finer details of the update have yet to be released, it has been confirmed thus far that scanning any of the Animal Crossing amiibo Cards will allow the specific villager scanned to move into the player’s town. Additionally, the announcement seems to indicate functionality between New Leaf and every Animal Crossing amiibo released thus far. Also showcased was a variety of content based on Nintendo’s own Splatoon series, including outfits, furniture, and even two new potential villagers based on Splatoon‘s very own Callie and Marie.
The pictures released with Nintendo’s announcement also showcased an older Animal Crossing character named Wisp. Though mysteriously absent from New Leaf originally, the upcoming update appears to add Wisp back into the game. It also appears as though players will need to interact with their new ghost pal in order to scan amiibo or amiibo Cards.
Although no specific date has been set in place as to when the update will roll out, Nintendo has mentioned that we will be seeing it sometime this fall. For those who may not remember, Nintendo announced a smartphone app based on the Animal Crossing series back in April, which was also dated to release sometime during the fall (along with an app based on Nintendo’s Fire Emblem series as well). Perhaps the upcoming app somehow works together with New Leaf’s update? Stay tuned for more Animal Crossing goodness as its released!