Animal Crossing: New Leaf Journal: Introduction

animalcrossingnewleaflogoToday, I found myself in a bit of an interesting situation, as this was the day I received Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS from the good folks at Nintendo of Canada. The issue, such as it is, would be that the game is set to be released this Sunday, June 9th, and as anyone who has played Animal Crossing can tell you, the games really cannot be fairly experienced in only four days.

I’d like my review to be somewhat timely– something I’m admittedly not very good at (I’m almost ready to do Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D— just one more world to go!), and I worry that the prolonged nature of Animal Crossing‘s real-time gameplay could prove even more problematic. Hence, the Animal Crossing: New Leaf Journal.

Put simply, I will be chronicling my thoughts, opinions, and observations of Animal Crossing: New Leaf about once a week (hopefully on Wednesdays) for an indefinite period of time as I become acclimated to my new town and the new changes which will come with the new game. So the game won’t be getting a “proper” review, but instead a longer-form analysis based upon my gradual progression. Won’t that be fun?

The first such journal will be posted next Wednesday, as I’ve only just received the game and haven’t even had a chance to open it yet– though after the trials of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, I’m looking forward to something a little more relaxing. For now, here’s the launch trailer and the usual stuff that goes with a review:

animalcrossingnewleafboxartAnimal Crossing: New Leaf will be released for the Nintendo 3DS on June 9th, 2013, at a price of $34.99 at retail and in the Nintendo eShop.

A review copy was provided by Nintendo of Canada.


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