8 Best Changes In Animal Crossing New Leaf’s Update

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The Animal Crossing New Leaf: Welcome amiibo update added lots of new features, both documented and undocumented. We list the best ones we’ve found.

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Welcome, amiibo, and welcome everyone else to Animal Crossing: New Leaf–a title that Nintendo has somehow managed to keep relevant four years after its initial release. Of all the games on my Nintendo 3DS, this is the one I’ve gotten the most mileage out of, both due to the nature of the game and, now, due to the fabulous update Nintendo dropped this past week.

The “Welcome amiibo” update to New Leaf brings a whole host of new features, only a few of them involving amiibo. Some of those features were shown off during the Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct earlier this week. Others were undocumented surprises that added either much-needed features or enjoyable little easter eggs to the title.

Break out New Leaf if your copy has been collecting dust over the last few years. Don’t worry–Isabelle will clean all your weeds up for you when you do. Enjoy the update and all its changes, including the eight best changes I found in the “Welcome amiibo” update.

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Choose Your Neighbors

One of the biggest noted changes in the Animal Crossing Direct was the addition of a friendly ghost, Wisp, who allows you to scan amiibo and amiibo cards, eventually inviting certain new villagers to your town or purchasing furniture from them. It’s a great feature. Though there’s some aspect of random chance depending on who you get from your amiibo cards, you’re now able to pick from a pool of whatever cards you have as to who moves in.

You can also pick who moves out. When you reach your town’s max capacity of ten villagers and try to invite another one, Wisp will allow you to select who leaves. What’s more, they’ll leave the very next day, allowing you to very quickly reorganize your town’s populace if you’ve somehow had a bunch of jerks move into it in the time since you played last. Admittedly, it requires a small amount of real money investment, but if you’re like me and already had some cards left over from the dismal experience that was amiibo Festival or the slightly more enjoyable Happy Home Designer, you won’t mind too much.