Finally, I want to mention the small things: there are lots of tiny additions to the game that appeared in this update that have little or no gameplay function apart from just being delightful. Animal Crossing is a series designed around the pure pleasure of day-to-day life. There are no troubles in your town, only silly animals and small, pointless, happy things to do. Why else would they sell you coffee that has absolutely no gameplay value? Because it’s enjoyable to walk about town and occasionally take a sip.
Anyway, here are the small, pointless changes I noticed that made me very happy:
- You can sit on rocks now!
- Harvey will let you feed birds with beans if you visit him in the morning.
- You can now shake trees while holding one-handed items (like the fishing pole).
- If you fail a villager request from the previous day, they’ll remember and comfortingly tell you it’s okay, they took care of it.
- Balloons now drop more than just balloon furniture if you’ve collected it all already.
- Villagers give more notice before moving out.
- There are new animations from various NPCs.
- There are also new fortune cookies, including one that gently pokes fun at people who didn’t like the Wii U.
The Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo update is available for free on the Nintendo eShop if you own the game. In December, retail copies including the update will appear in stores.
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