Animal Crossing: New Horizons may be out now, but before fans jumped in, some felt they had something very important to do. A duty, if you will, given their previous life as a mayor. Over the last week in March, many Animal Crossing: New Leaf fans are booting up the 3DS game one last time to see the sights, talk to their villagers, and say a final goodbye.
It’s an emotional venture, but one that makes sense given how Animal Crossing works. Hardcore fans like to play every day, even setting in-game routines for things they like to do daily. And because the game keeps track of the date for big events and holidays, many fans end up playing in the long-term — weeks, months, sometimes even years.
That’s a lot of time to spend with a virtual town and its inhabitants. Inevitably, players get attached to their worlds. This might explain why some folks can’t just move on to a new island and forget about their old buddies. Instead, many are taking to social media to share a final New Leaf experience before moving on to the latest installment on Nintendo Switch.
On Twitter, @forestminish wrote a letter to some of her favorite New Leaf villagers to thank them for their time.
I have written my final goodbyes to my New Leaf town, including sending personalized letters to my two favorite villagers, inviting them to my island. One more day until PARADISE! pic.twitter.com/jJOVARftjR— Rebecca (@forestminish) March 19, 2020
Many players, like @kikisbooknook, had one last night of fun with their pals.
goodbye for now, new leaf <3 our last night together pic.twitter.com/FSBEzosGmd— aly (@kikisbooknook) March 20, 2020
Others, like @angel__crossing, are setting a final bulletin for their town.
Officially said goodbye to my New Leaf town, I’ll visit now and then ✨ pic.twitter.com/JkEMOYBCv7— Angel (@angel__Crossing) March 19, 2020
Many, like @pokefreak2005, are just taking in the vibes.
Goodbye new leaf, I'll miss youuu pic.twitter.com/jWqMN0r5cB— Pokefreak2005/luna (BB) (@pokefreak2005_) March 19, 2020
New Leaf aficionado @rosahiime, meanwhile, booted up the game to make their town perfect, thereby saying goodbye by casting the village in amber.
To say goodbye to Animal Crossing New Leaf I've uploaded my final dream town!!— ʚrσsα °˖✧AC:NH✧˖° (@rosahiime) March 15, 2020
I've been working hard on it for 6 years and I would appreciate a visit! ☺️
There are a lot of cute gifts hidden all around the town
Address: 7E00-0189-2A2B #AnimalCrossing pic.twitter.com/cE4StM7FCN
“Last night when I turned on my 3DS and looked around, I realized I hadn’t really played this game in a while,” New Leaf player Matthew Brown told Polygon via email. “Making any changes felt ... like a betrayal of the happy little home I once made.
“So I finally made the conscious decision to move on,” Brown said.
Here are some of the best sendoffs on social media. Before you start tearing up, however, remember — some of these friends will make a return in New Horizons!
Today we wave goodbye to the beautiful shining era of our beloved friend of 7+ years, animal crossing new leaf. I have invested so much love in this game and it has given me so much joy over the years. I cannot wait to see what’s on the horizon for animal crossing pic.twitter.com/h20GgH9kxI— heya its David ✨ (@innerlucidity) March 19, 2020
I only felt it right to say goodbye to my New Leaf villagers. I've sent them all a letter with a gift, visited Brewster for one last coffee, created one last dream suit and posted on my notice board for the last time. Feel sad but i know Isabelle will look after them :) pic.twitter.com/yDV71PzZ8E— NSWMongoose (@bouncer0304) March 16, 2020
Spent some time in my New Leaf town, a home from home for me since 2013! I’ve said my (hopefully not forever) goodbyes to Patty and the other villagers and it’s time to take the train to the airport. I’ve got a midnight flight to catch!! ✈️ pic.twitter.com/eoc6kg0x1i— Craig (@KokiriCraig) March 19, 2020
Said goodbye to my animal crossing new leaf town. You belong to the bamboo now. pic.twitter.com/SIN05QJ6rZ— A Cactus (@cactus_ish) March 20, 2020
Gonna say goodbye to my new leaf town now.. It's crazy how much time I spent with this game, I think I played it actively from 2014 to 2016 and even after the expansion. I had a perfect town and full grown tree. I think in total I spent 600+ h on my old 3ds :( pic.twitter.com/DIOAZcXu8i— lemon @ NEW HORIZONS! (@eevee_0) March 20, 2020
Said goodbye to my homies on New Leaf. It's so bittersweet I love them all so much pic.twitter.com/GFCKiJ2fnY— Amanda/Dawnlunumn Island (@MandaPanda1228) March 19, 2020
Goodbye New Leaf <3 the many years I spent playing will never be forgotten, thanks to you I made a lot of friends, as of today you are no longer the most recent animal crossing game, but you are certainly one of the best. pic.twitter.com/G4HtXNiegU— Cecilia Daemon (@CeciliaDaemon) March 20, 2020
i played on my new leaf town last night to say goodbye and have one last birthday celebration goodbye mooncave pic.twitter.com/43tEXuNTSw— (@wormwoodisle) March 19, 2020
Saying goodbye to my new leaf town for a while thank you for everything pic.twitter.com/UpqqAPxppd— ana · 25 ᵀᴼᴺᴵᴳᴴᵀ! (@cozycolin) March 19, 2020
Decided today was the day to finally say goodbye to my New Leaf town, which I’ve diligently kept the flowers alive in for ...uhh, 6yrs?? I think?— Mick (@captcomboss) March 19, 2020
I modeled my house after the og RE mansion and now I leave it sparkling and with 13million bells in the bank pic.twitter.com/BHyJsK83cB
made a collage of my new leaf town time to say goodbye pic.twitter.com/1TvinAHMif— tabi (@pikatabi) March 18, 2020