Animal Crossing: New Leaf Review

Animal Crossing New Leaf Review

*This game was originally reviewed on July 9, 2013.

Developer(s) – Nintendo EAD Group No. 2
                           Monolith Soft

Publisher(s) – Nintendo

Platform(s) – Nintendo 3DS

It’s been exactly one month since Animal Crossing: New Leaf was released in North America, and since then I’ve been investing most of my free time on this game. After a month of its release I’ve clocked in 135 hours into New Leaf. To be honest, I never thought I would put more than 20 hours into this game. After all, I’m new to this series and I never knew how addicting it could be.



Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a life sim where you do things you would actually do in real life, like paying your mortgage, make money, decorating your house, and so much more. I know this could sound kind of boring to some people, but once you get your hands on this charming game, it’ll suck you in with its addictive nature. You’ll start to worry about watering the plants around your town, making enough bells to pay off your town projects, etc.


In New Leaf, you’re the mayor of your town. You get to make all the decision, like where to place your town projects, customize your town flag, and much more. You can build a town that fits your style. By your side you have your trusty assistant, Isabelle. She’s encourages you to make your town a better place to live in, by doing tasks and building projects throughout your town. 


There’s so much to do in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. You can go fishing, catch bugs, dig up fossils, and so much more. You get to choose your play style. That’s why New Leaf is so addicting. It lets you do whatever you want.

The very first thing you realize when starting New Leaf is that you’re in serious debt. Tom Nook instantly starts to charge you an insanely amount of bells to renovate your house, but thanks to this you’ll start to do things like go fishing and catch bugs to sell them and pay off debt. This really helps to get the player hooked on the game. 


In New Leaf you can customize your character and your house. Again, I know this sounds a bit boring, but actually I found this to be one of the most interesting and fun things to do in the game. I’m obsessed to make my villager look cool and to make my house look like a Zelda shrine. Every day I play New Leaf I go straight to Timmy and Tommy’s store to buy fortune cookies that can be purchased with Play Coins. These fortune cookies can give you Nintendo items like a Master Sword, a Triforce, and even Link’s tunic. Collecting Nintendo items made Animal Crossing: New Leaf even more addicting to me.

Throughout your New Leaf experience, you’ll start to unlock more things. For example, you’ll unlock the ability to go to a tropical island that’s filled with rare bugs that can be sold for a huge amount of bells. Also you’ll eventually unlock and upgrade new stores.


New Leaf also has a multiplayer mode where you can go visit your friend’s town or your friends can visit your town. It’s really fun to play New Leaf with your friends. You and your friends can go to the tropical island and play lots of fun mini-games or you just explore your friend’s town. It’s really up the players to choose what they want to do.

I found myself enjoying the game more when I was playing it with someone else. In my opinion this is where Animal Crossing: New Leaf really shines. 



New Leaf has a lot to offer for players of all ages. It’s a game that all 3DS owners should try. Even tough it may look too simplistic, it’s still an amazingly addicting game.I honestly never gave the previous games of the series a chance. I always thought they looked boring and childish, but after having played New Leaf for hours I realized I was wrong.Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a great game and an excellent addition to the amazing Nintendo 3DS library.

I’ve got to say, It’s been hard reviewing a game that has no story whatsoever. Especially a game that I’ve played for over a hundred hours, but at the end I think I covered the most important things that makes Animal Crossing: New Leaf unique.

9 out of 10


Written by: Armando Orona

Aspiring journalist, College student with a dream of writing about video games for a living.

  • I have loved this franchise since the GameCube days, and this one, I feel, is the best one yet. I think if they gave you more power as Mayor in future installments, it would be a perfect game. It seems odd to still be Mayor and still be expected to weed and take things in between animals, but so be it. Haha.

    I still play this game everyday, even though most of my friends have stopped.