|Platform 3DS||Publisher Nintendo||Developer Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development||Release Date 2013-06-09|
By Griffin McElroy on Jun 04, 2013 06.04.13
New Leaf is part sandbox, part zen garden The domestic core of Animal Crossing: New Leaf hasn't deviated too far from the series' roots. Players will still fill their hours collecting sets of furniture, putting together fashionable wardrobes and acquiring Bells with which to pay their escalating mortgages. Scores of newer activities are available in New Leaf, but even the core tenets are deeper than ever, from your house's customizable front facade, all the way down to your avatar's customizable socks. It's a minimalistic simulation of life, but not a shallow one, which is where many of New Leaf's charms lie. Unlike other, more demanding entries in the genre, Animal Crossing eschews the bottom, stressful rungs of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. There's no hunger meter, or friendship...
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By Michael McWhertor on Mar 28, 2014 03.28.14
That may be why the producer and co-director of the series latest entry see Animal Crossing as a good fit for Nintendo's plans to complement its traditional games with smaller — sometimes promotional — smartphone and mobile experiences. In an interview with Animal Crossing producer Katsuya Eguchi and Animal Crossing: New Leaf co-director Aya Kyogoku, we discussed the future of the franchise, including smartphone interactivity, the series' future on home consoles and keeping the experience fresh. When we asked how well suited Animal Crossing might be for smartphones, Eguchi said that it's a commonly asked question, but that the franchise isn't a perfect fit for touchscreen-only devices. "Actually a lot of people have the same sort of idea, but contrary to what it seems like, there's a...
By Michael McWhertor on Mar 19, 2014 03.19.14
Her colleague at Nintendo, Animal Crossing producer Katsuya Eguchi, echoed that opinion, saying diversity on the New Leaf team contributed not only to the diversity of content in the game, it better represented the game's target audience. "When I was starting in the game industry, it wasn't uncommon to be the only woman on the entire team," Kyogoku said. "I always felt welcome and I never felt awkward. In my years at Nintendo, I have come to discover that when there are women in a variety of roles on the project, you get a wider [range] of ideas. "So when you are trying to create something that will appeal to many types of people, I have experienced how beneficial it is to have diversity on your team." "When there are women in a variety of roles on the project, you get a wider...
By Michael McWhertor on Jan 16, 2014 01.16.14
Microsoft's new Xbox One was the bestselling console in the United States during the month of December, according to NPD Group data, selling more than 908,000 units in its second month on the market. While Microsoft publicly released NPD sales numbers for the month, Sony Computer Entertainment declined to provide specific data, saying in a statement, "PlayStation 4 remains the cumulative leader for next gen console sales in the U.S. since the launch on November 15. We sold every PS4 available at retail in the U.S. and were out of stock in December due to overwhelming consumer demand." Both console platforms trailed behind the Nintendo 3DS, which according to a statement from Nintendo was the bestselling video game system for the month. It was also the bestselling system for the year,...
By Samit Sarkar on Jan 10, 2014 01.10.14
Two lead developers on Animal Crossing: New Leaf will deliver a postmortem lecture at the 2014 Game Developers Conference, the show's organizers announced this week. The hourlong talk will be given by Aya Kyogoku, the game's director, and producer Katsuya Eguchi, both of Software Development Group 2 at New Leaf developer Nintendo EAD. Kyogoku's career at Nintendo began in 2003, and she previously worked on games such as The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Animal Crossing: City Folk. Eguchi has worked at Nintendo since 1986, and his resume includes Star Fox and more recent titles such as Nintendo Land. Kyogoku and Eguchi will discuss the challenges of developing a new entry in the beloved Animal Crossing franchise — delivering a game that was fresh but familiar, something that...
By John Funk on Nov 27, 2013 11.27.13
A new trailer for Animal Crossing: New Leaf invites players to take part in once-a-year festivities as winter comes to town. With snow on the ground, players can make snowmen and purchase festive outfits and items. They can also team up with Jingle the reindeer to deliver presents to their villagers come Christmas, complete with Santa Claus suit and beard. Animal Crossing: New Leaf launched on Nintendo 3DS last June. In Polygon's review, we found it "unique and inexplicably rewarding."
By Dave Tach on Nov 21, 2013 11.21.13
Etsy user Edberg Panganiban can turn your Animal Crossing: New Leaf characters into hand-crafted figurines. Panganiban creates 3 1/2-inch tall resin figures in two categories: basic figures with simple designs and without accessories for $40 to $50 and "fine detail" figures with "intricate line work and patterns," accessories and more for $50 to $100 and above. Check out the RezArmy storefront on Etsy to see a few figures already created. You can also contact him directly for custom orders. For more on the game that inspired the figures, be sure to read Polygon's Animal Crossing: New Leaf review.
By Jenna Pitcher on Oct 31, 2013 10.31.13
While Nintendo plans to use smartphones to promote its games, it has no intentions of releasing its games onto mobile platforms, senior research analyst David Gibson reported Nintendo as saying during its results meeting. The meeting follows the company's financial results for the six months ending September 2013, where the company posted a ¥23.2 billion ($187 million) operating loss. During the meeting, the company said Nintendo 3DS marketshare has increased in Japan, Europe and the U.S. reporting that the 3DS in the States has already surpassed last year's total, According to Gibson, Nintendo says more than 5 million units sold in U.S. this year with strong holiday sales expected. According to Gibson, Nintendo argued that the strong performance of the 3DS is in step with the...
By Jenna Pitcher on Oct 30, 2013 10.30.13
Poor sales of Nintendo's Wii U console still have a negative impact on the company's profits, according to its consolidated financial highlights for the six months ending September 2013, where the company posted a 23.2 billion yen ($187 million) operating loss. According to Nintendo, the Wii U still has a negative impact its profits mainly due to its markdown in the United States and Europe. Recording a gross profit of 62 billion yen, the company attributes the operating loss to its efforts in increasing Wii U sales by investing advertising, as well as conducting research and development for the console's software. Last year, Nintendo reported that poor Wii U's sales were a contributing factor to the company's 5.8 billion yen operating loss for the nine months ending December 2012. I...
By John Funk on Oct 14, 2013 10.14.13
Nintendo's official TV advertisement for the 2D-only version of its 3DS handheld is now on the internet. The 2DS is the new way to play DS games and "the best new 3DS games" in 2D, says the announcer, showing off games like Mario Kart 7, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and the brand new Pokemon X & Y. In Polygon's hands-on experience with the 2DS, we found that it actually wasn't the worst thing ever made.
By Jenna Pitcher on Oct 02, 2013 10.02.13
Animal Crossing: New Leaf players have a chance to win an Animal Crossing bedroom makeover from Nintendo in a competition sponsored by Channel One News. In addition to the make over, the grand prize winner will receive a Nintendo 3DS XL and Animal Crossing: New Leaf game. According to the competition rules, the winner will be given a shipment of products such as pillows, wall decals, bedding "inspired by the rooms of Animal Crossing, including a room design submitted by the winner, if any" to make over their room. Four runner up prize winners will each receive a $50.00 Nintendo Prepaid Card to use in the Nintendo eShop. Those interested are required to upload an Animal Crossing: New Leaf screenshot of their favorite bedroom to the comp's official page on the Channel One website. The...