Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I admit that I have a serious obsession with Animal Crossing. I’ve logged countless hours in the month or so since it’s North American release. Twitter blew up with picture sharing and tweets about stuff going on in their respective towns. People created designs, leaving them on display in towns where they’ve visited. 3DS friend codes filled my timeline as people shared between them (Nintendo has made it so you have to mutually share friend codes before you can be friends). For those first few weeks that’s all everyone was talking about. While it certainly feels like some of the initial buzz has worn off and people have started to find their own Animal Crossing groove, I’m still spending countless hours playing.
In the process of playing I keep thinking “I should blog about that”, especially when I’ve learned something new about the game and had myself an epiphany moment. I feel like though there are a lot of sources of information for ACNL, there is still a lot of stuff that never gets talked about for some reason or another. The simple things that most people assume you already know when you’re picking up the game for the first time. Not everything I want to write about is for the beginner, but at least here are a few tips for those just starting out (or not that far into the game so you can easily start again without losing very much).
Deciding on your face.
I didn’t realize that the way you answered Rover’s questions changed the way you looked once you arrived into town. This is a good guide to tell you how to answer the initial questions in order to ensure you’re happy with the way you look! Keep in mind that you will eventually unlock Shampoodle and can change your hairstyle, hair color, and even eye color pretty easily, however, you won’t be able to change the shape of your eyes. The start of the game is the only time you can choose that, so choose wisely.
Layout of your town.
When you’re chatting with Rover on the train, you get 4 town maps to choose from. When I started the game again I had learned from my previous mistakes. I ensured that everything was fairly close to each other to minimize the amount of downtime running around. Re-Tail (the store inside of your town) buys your items for significantly higher
than any of the stores on Main Street, which means you should be selling there almost always. In my original game I built my house at a southwestern point, with Re-Tail and my Town Center across a bridge northeast. When I started my second game (don’t even ask, I’ll get into this later) I made sure that Re-Tail, the train station, my Town Center, and my house were all close together on the map (I restarted the game over and over again until I got it the way I wanted). This made life SO much easier (even before I had my 3 bridges built).
First Perfect Fruit.
I’ve played Animal Crossing before, but I don’t remember “perfect fruit”. As I was shaking down my trees (like a town mayor does!), gathering up all my pears (my native fruit), I inevitably sold that first perfect pear to Reese. Don’t do this. Getting a random perfect fruit later is significantly harder than planting that first one and creating a small forest of perfect fruit trees. You can only have perfect fruit trees of your native fruit, but planting that first perfect fruit will yield a tree of 3 perfect fruit. I’d suggest planting you first perfect fruit tree close to your house, but away from an open area. Over the course of a few days you’ll get new villager at a rate of 1/day until you have 8-ish. They don’t care what’s in the way or what type of tree it is, so putting the trees somewhere where a building can’t be constructed is perfect to make sure that it doesn’t get destroyed.
In my 2nd game, I put my house as close to the train tracks as Isabelle would let me. This game me enough space to plant my perfect apple trees behind my house. No space for villagers moving in to build their homes, my perfect apple trees were safe. I still, however, haven’t managed to get a perfect pear in TARDIS (Hestiah’s town). After so many shakedowns, perfect fruit trees eventually go away, but if you’ve managed to get yourself a small orchard of perfect fruit, stash some in your home somewhere. This brings me to…
I bought my games digitally, so I paid almost no attention to the manual that’s usually a little paper booklet. I didn’t know you could open your inventory (X) and drag fruit onto each other, stacking up to 9. Harvesting fruit will take less time since you’re not running back and forth every 16 pieces of fruit.
Re-Tail sells a locker at the start of every game. Any sort of “storage” piece of furniture (drawers, doors, etc) is basically having an Animal Crossing bank. Stack of fruit placed in the bank don’t rot. This also goes for flowers and saplings. You can also access your ACNL bank by hitting up the lockers in your train station, if you want to wait until you get something that’s not a gross gym locker to put in your home. This is accessible from any town you visit and is great to take advantage of if you’ve got the hook-up on amazing turnip prices in someone else’s town.
Now you can stash some perfect fruits in there and save them for when the trees eventually disappear.
Thanks to @thinkwhatwows, I found out that you can catalog items and music that you can order later from Timmy and Tommy Nook (once your store is upgraded to allow for catalog ordering). Doing this requires a little bit of planning.While you can move your furniture around with your gates open and guests are visiting your town, you can’t move your furniture while you have guests inside your house. You can’t, however, pick up music to allow friends to catalog while your gates are open. Otherwise, this is a very easy way for your friends to get access to items for themselves.
So those are the tips I have for now! I’ll probably try blogging about more things with regard to Animal Crossing coming up. Most of all, enjoy your time in your game.