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Animal Crossing: New Leaf is getting amiibo support

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Time to dig out all of your amiibo cards

Nintendo will release a free update for Animal Crossing: New Leaf, adding amiibo support to the popular Nintendo 3DS game. This fall, fans can use their Animal Crossing amiibo cards in-game, as well as amiibo figures from other Nintendo franchises.

Using amiibo cards will prompt a visit from the corresponding villager, according to Nintendo's amiibo features page for the game. It's possible that the character could even move in after dropping by your town.

Screenshots from the Animal Crossing Twitter account show that using amiibo from other games, like Splatoon, will generate costumes and items based on those characters. Connecting the recently launched Callie and Marie amiibo to your copy of New Leaf will add their costumes, bulletin board and decoration tools based on their looks.

New Leaf first launched on 3DS in the summer of 2013. More recently, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer introduced amiibo cards, a necessary component to the decorating game. It also shipped with a standalone card reader for older Nintendo 3DS systems that lack a built-in NFC port. The game launched last fall.