Welcome to Town Welcome to Town

New Features

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What’s the difference between Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo?

Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo is an updated version of Animal Crossing: New Leaf which adds in new features, including amiibo support. You can tap Animal Crossing series amiibo figures and Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo series cards to invite the depicted villager to the Campground and interact with them. You can also tap Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo series cards to ask the depicted villager to move into your town.

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I already own Animal Crossing: New Leaf. How can I download the free update?

Downloading the free update from Nintendo eShop is easy! Click here to get the details. Once the update is installed, all of its new features and amiibo functionality will be available in the game. Plus, you can transfer save data to keep your town from the original game—there’s no need to start over from scratch.

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Can I move my player data from any previous Animal Crossing series games to Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo?

You can link your physical or digital copy of the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game to Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo to gain access to 20 giant furniture pieces only available in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. From the top menu, choose “Link Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer,” then follow Isabelle’s instructions. You only need one system to do this. No other previous Animal Crossing series games are compatible with Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo.

Using amiibo

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Can I use both amiibo cards and amiibo figures with the game?

Yes. All existing Animal Crossing amiibo cards and amiibo figures are compatible with the game. You can also tap select non-Animal Crossing amiibo figures to access new items unique to those characters.
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My Nintendo 3DS family system doesn’t have built-in NFC support. Can I still use amiibo with this game?

If you own a Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, or Nintendo 2DS system, you can use a Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer accessory (sold separately) to play with amiibo figures and amiibo cards.

Life in Your Town

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How many people can play using a single copy of the game? How many people can play at the same time?

You can make one town per copy of the software. Within that town, the first player created will become mayor. Up to three more players can be registered as residents. Players who live in the same town can’t play simultaneously. However, by connecting to the internet, you can visit a friend’s town, have that friend visit yours, or play on the island with other players around the world. You can also use the Local Wireless mode to play with up to three other players within range of the wireless signal from your Nintendo 3DS system.

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How can I make purchases within the game?

You can collect and use Bells to obtain items and services within your town. In order to purchase items from Harvey or other guests at the Campground, you must use MEOW Coupons. Players can earn MEOW Coupons by completing daily and weekly initiatives in town, or receive them as thank-you gifts.

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How can I take pictures within the game, then view or use them?

Press the L + R Buttons to snap a photo at any time. You can use the new amiibo Camera feature to take in-game photos with your player character, villagers, and amiibo characters. You can share pictures of your game with Nintendo 3DS Image Share. You can always view your own photos within the Nintendo 3DS Camera application. You can also transfer photos to your Wii U™ console. Just put the SD card from your Nintendo 3DS system into your Wii U console’s card slot, then transfer the photos of your choice.

Moving

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Can I move to my friend’s copy of Animal Crossing: New Leaf?

You cannot. It is only possible to move to an Animal Crossing: New Leaf game that does not contain any current save data.

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Are there any kinds of data that can’t be transferred over when my character moves to a new town?

When you move, you’ll move to a new town as the new mayor. As such, you won’t be able to transfer town resident or town layout data. It is also not possible to transfer any Best Friends information.

Connecting

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How do I invite characters to visit or move to my town?

You can tap Animal Crossing series amiibo figures and Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo series cards to invite the depicted villager to the Campground and interact with them. You can also tap Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo series cards to ask the depicted villager to move into your town.

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Can I divide up my friend list by player?

The list of friends comes from your Nintendo 3DS system’s friend list. It is not possible to divide friends up by player. However, the Best Friends feature is saved on a player-by-player basis. You can use this to limit the players you communicate with online to just your Best Friends.

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What is the Best Friends feature?

If you play with someone who is on your Nintendo 3DS system’s friend list through the Internet or Local Wireless, you can both register each other as Best Friends. This feature can then be used to limit the people who can come in and out of your town to your Best Friends when using the Internet. It’s also possible for people who have registered each other as Best Friends to chat with each other even when they are not in the same town. Each player can register up to 32 Best Friends.

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Can I become Best Friends with someone who is not on my friend list?

You cannot. Both of you must first register each other in your friend list on your Nintendo 3DS systems. Then, while playing together over the Internet or Local Wireless, you’ll be able to register each other as Best Friends.

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Is it possible for someone I don’t know to visit my town?

When playing over the Internet, only people on your Nintendo 3DS friend list and your Best Friends can visit your town. When playing using Local Wireless, anyone using Local Wireless can come into your town as long as you’ve left your station gate open. Please note that if you use the Dream Suite, it’s possible for people you don’t know to visit a dream version of your town. It’s also possible for you to visit the dream towns of people you don’t know. All of this occurs within a dream, so even if changes are made to the town during the dream, they won’t affect the actual town.

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What happens if I try visiting the town of someone whose clock is set to a different time than mine?

There aren’t any particular side effects. For example, if you take turnips to another town, they won’t rot. There also aren’t any negative effects on the town you are visiting.

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Is there a voice chat feature?

No, there isn’t. You can use an on-screen keyboard to type and chat with others.

Q

I know I’m supposed to receive a letter and present through SpotPass, but it hasn’t arrived…

Sometimes it can take a few days before you’ll receive the downloadable present through SpotPass. After checking that your SpotPass settings are correct, make sure your Nintendo 3DS is connected to the Internet and then put it into Sleep Mode by leaving the power on and closing it.
*If your system’s wireless switch is OFF, please flip the switch to ON and make sure the wireless indicator LED lights up.

If you still don’t receive the present after following these instructions, try resetting your SpotPass settings using the following steps:

  • 1. From the game’s title menu, choose SpotPass and then choose to Opt-out of SpotPass.
  • 2. From the HOME Menu, choose System Settings, and then Data Management, and then Nintendo 3DS, and finally Extra Data. Select Animal Crossing: New Leaf from the list and delete the extra data.
    *Please note that doing this does not delete your save data.
    **If you have the downloadable version, please be careful not to delete your copy of the software. The extra data is 1 block of storage.
  • 3. Launch Animal Crossing: New Leaf again. Choose SpotPass and then Opt-in to re-enable SpotPass.
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I can’t seem to receive presents while within a Nintendo Zone…

First, make sure the wireless feature of your Nintendo 3DS is on. Then, start your Animal Crossing: New Leaf game when you arrive at the Nintendo Zone. Go directly to your town’s Post Office and ask for a present. If you receive an error message or are unable to connect to the Internet, please contact Customer Service.

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If I use multiple copies of the software on the same Nintendo 3DS system, will I be able to receive the same downloadable present on all copies of the software?

For presents received through the Post Office
Each player can download the same present through the town post office, so it doesn’t matter if you use multiple copies of the software on the same system.


For letters sent with presents
In order to receive letters with presents on multiple copies of the software, additional steps must be taken. After receiving the letter on one copy of the software, you’ll have to reset your SpotPass settings prior to using each additional copy of the software. The steps for resetting your SpotPass settings are as follows:

  • 1. From the game’s title menu, choose SpotPass and then choose to Opt-out of SpotPass.
  • 2. From the HOME Menu, choose System Settings, and then Data Management, and then Nintendo 3DS, and finally Extra Data. Select Animal Crossing: New Leaf from the list and delete the extra data.
    *Please note that doing this does not delete your save data.
    **If you have the downloadable version, please be careful not to delete your copy of the software. The extra data is 1 block of storage.
  • 3. Launch Animal Crossing: New Leaf again. Choose SpotPass and then Opt-in to re-enable SpotPass.

Digital Version

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Is there any difference between the retail version and the digital version of the game?

Game content in both versions is identical. However, the retail version includes one random amiibo card from the Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo series.

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What happens if I play both the retail version and digital version of the game on the same system?

The save data for the two different versions would be created separately, so you would be able to create a different town for each game on the same system. However, once StreetPass data or SpotPass data is used in one of the versions on your system, it won’t be possible to reuse it in any other version.