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GameStop Lists Animal Crossing: New Leaf Release Date

By Kyle On Jan 25 2013 01:47 AM


Set to sail on May 1st?
While pre-ordering my copies of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y from GameStop today, I was presented with this glorious black binder that included a list of games and release dates for 2013. Going midway through the list, I saw my most anticipated game of 2013: Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It had a release date of May 1st, 2013.

Being the Nintendo Nerd that I am, I stopped and thought to myself, "Hmmm... I know a release date was given for Korea, but I have yet to hear a peep about when the game will be released in North America." At this point, I continued with my transaction, thanked the nice employee, and went on with my morning.

Sitting through lunch, enjoying my chicken sandwich, I was plagued with the thought that I was seeing things. Determined to prove to the little guys on my shoulders that I was not going crazy, I figured I would give the GameStop website a visit to see if they have a release date listed.

Behold! (click image for full view)
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With this magnificent screenshot, I am filled with happiness knowing that the game — that will most likely consume every bit of free time I have — is approaching slowly. It may not be true, or it may be spot on. Either way, a spark of hope and happiness was rekindled today.

Do you think the date is close to, or spot on? Do you think it's false hope spun by a web of lies?

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First of all, I'd like to say thanks for sharing this. Hearing about your little adventure was engaging and compelling and...exciting! Great job, Kyle.

As far as the release date is concerned, it's nothing more than a placeholder. Like you mentioned, it may or may not be "the" date. Until we receive official confirmation, that's really all it is. This is great to see, however. And, I have a nice feeling that May just might be the month North America receives the game. (wink wink).

Thanks again for sharing!
This seems to good to be true. Last year Gamestop had a similar date in their system and I was excited since that is my birth month. So, I can't become emotionally invested on this date but I will hope for the best. Mr Iwata did state that there would be another time coming soon for Nintendo 3DS news so I imagine a date would be revealed then. Maybe a 3DS Direct.
It's fun to hear everyone's excitement for this game, since I have never played an Animal Crossings title before.
I've been waiting ages for New Leaf. I first saw the release date for some time in March, but it seems it's been moved up. Although knowing Gamestop, it's more than likely not the actual release date. Thanks for sharing the info though.
Last year like Ben, I saw the date for New Leaf online and in-store at my local GameStop. It wasn't the right date that time.

There are so many of these dates floating around and unless it's official we can't put much faith in them.

I'll be coming up on my 1-year Animal Crossing New Leaf pre-order anniversary in about 2 months. Let's have a [pity] party.
FINALLY!! Now which route to take, retail copy or digital download? Hmmm!
I was just going to add, do you trust a gaming retail website and their "guess" dates? I'm sure they're just putting something up to allow for preorders.

It's kinda funny. There's an EB store not far from where I live that still has a fake display box for Smash Bros 3DS LOL just so that they can take preorders for it (its been there for maybe year and a half now?) Previously they had Donkey Kong 3DS and Kirby 3DS but were ordered to remove those games.

diaglyph, on 25 January 2013 - 09:33 PM, said:

It's kinda funny. There's an EB store not far from where I live that still has a fake display box for Smash Bros 3DS LOL just so that they can take preorders for it (its been there for maybe year and a half now?) Previously they had Donkey Kong 3DS and Kirby 3DS but were ordered to remove those games.

That's crazy! Yeah, with pre-orders they basically hold onto your money and you don't really get anything. (I think they do give it back or discount your next game if you want to forfeit the pre-order.) I gave $5 to pre-order New Leaf, because I do worry about it selling out on launch. I almost never pre-order though, games don't really sell out where I live so it's never really been an issue.

Dinky, on 25 January 2013 - 08:42 PM, said:

FINALLY!! Now which route to take, retail copy or digital download? Hmmm!

Originally I was going with digital download, but I changed my mind to retail copy because Nintendo hasn't yet perfected the digital distribution format.
Oh, Thank You For Sharing! I Will Get That On May 1st 2013
Seems Fun. I Have The Wii Version: 'Let's Go To The City' Of Animal Crossing.From NintendoKOZ
At least we know we will get it! I need to start pre-ordering here soon there are way too many games I want now!
I play the original to this day: it sits in my 3DS even as we speak. I've devoted seven--nearly eight--years of my life to it, sad though that is. I got gold roses by breeding them without cheating, and almost all of the golden tools as well. Still missing one painting in my museum, but I have all the dinosaurs, and the bugs.

Sad, isn't it??
I hope its true, at least we will have some closure finally.

JohnWClick, on 29 January 2013 - 08:39 PM, said:

[...] Sad, isn't it??
No, it's not sad at all! John Lennon is quoted, "Time you enjoy wasting, was not time wasted." It's easy to feel like video games are somehow wasted time, but we really shouldn't view them any differently than any other form of entertainment.

I think Animal Crossing is great because it's about self-expression and creation more than escapism.

I dunno, maybe I'm just jealous because I got bored with my Wild World game and when I went back to check on it...weeds. Weeds just everywhere. I felt awful about it. New Leaf will be my chance to redeem myself!

I also applaud your not cheating. Well done!

View PostPastaFriend, on 01 February 2013 - 10:12 PM, said:

No, it's not sad at all! John Lennon is quoted, "Time you enjoy wasting, was not time wasted."

<3

View PostPastaFriend, on 01 February 2013 - 10:12 PM, said:

It's easy to feel like video games are somehow wasted time, but we really shouldn't view them any differently than any other form of entertainment.

Most definitely true! Umm...we could all be sitting in bars or adult entertainment clubs pissing money away...having nothing to show for it. With video games, we have something tangible, not to mention priceless, memorable and meaningful moments!

View PostPastaFriend, on 01 February 2013 - 10:12 PM, said:

... when I went back to check on it...weeds. Weeds just everywhere.

Oh lord. I'd hate to fire up my Animal Crossing: City Folk game!
It does beg the question, though, about what to do with the old game once the new one is released. I gather that Nintendo is not going to make it possible to import the previous character to the new game, so what should I do; simply stop playing the old game in favor of the new one? That seems wrong somehow, and yet Animal Crossing is such a time-stealer, maintaining two virtual towns in real time would demand every minute I have to playing both titles, forsaking any other game. I suppose I could turn the old gamer over to a "caretaker": someone who would be willing to take over responsibility for it, but that doesn't seem like the right thing to do either.

View PostJohnWClick, on 01 February 2013 - 11:47 PM, said:

It does beg the question, though, about what to do with the old game once the new one is released. I gather that Nintendo is not going to make it possible to import the previous character to the new game, so what should I do; simply stop playing the old game in favor of the new one? That seems wrong somehow, and yet Animal Crossing is such a time-stealer, maintaining two virtual towns in real time would demand every minute I have to playing both titles, forsaking any other game. I suppose I could turn the old gamer over to a "caretaker": someone who would be willing to take over responsibility for it, but that doesn't seem like the right thing to do either.

I wish some method of transfer would be possible. Even if it was unexpected, like if one's new avatar could visit their transferred town and meet the old avatar and villagers. It's heartbreaking that players will have to say goodbye. For me, it's bittersweet because I did stop playing after putting my time and heart into my town, but I do so look forward to starting New Leaf.

I remember when the chain of transfer broke in Pokémon. After playing Generation I and II, I was looking forward to transferring my Pokémon to Generation III and beyond, but it's not possible. (See 1 and 2) I wasn't the only fan upset at the time, but it had to be done to enable Nintendo to improve the games.

Back to Animal Crossing New Leaf, I like the idea that everyone will be starting towns together. Some will get bored and move on, some will play on and off, and some will keep playing for years. I really hope that I can play for as long as you have, JohnWClick.

New Leaf will allow us to take pictures, in-game screenshots, and we'll be able to share our experiences with each other. By documenting special moments, I think we'll be able to preserve more from the game than ever before. I think of that as a small comfort.

If you keep your game cartridge and a note to yourself of the day and time you stopped playing it, you could in theory reset your clock to that day (and perhaps 1-minute into the future) and visit your town as it was the day you "left" for New Leaf. That's the only solution I can think of...and it's not ideal in any sense. It borders on unethical, even! But perhaps it will allow you to check-in from time to time with minimal damage. You'd have to keep records of the date/time each and every time you checked-out and make sure to reset your game system's clock for check-ins, so it would be a fair amount of work. (Don't tell Mr. Resetti I said any of this.)
Yes, I remember when it became impossible to transfer Pokemon as well: its sad because I had many Pokemon that were at level 100, and had crossbread many others that had special talents from their parents that I had also raised to level 100. When the first games came out, I worked midnights at a retirement community and had lots of time on my hands. Sadly, that is not the case anymore. Even though I spent a lot of time with Pokemon (over 100 hours), I didn't get the same emotional attachment I did to Animal Crossing. Perhaps that will change with the next Pokemon games... Speaking of which, it occurrs to me that with the release of the next Pokemon games, there will be almost 700 Pokemon, which means there will be a 666th Pokemon coming soon. Let's Pray its not a Dark/Psychic or Ghost type, because all the conspiracy nuts will come out of the woodwork and think that its somehow Unholy or something. I remember when these people saw the runic script on Alakazaam's head that they interpreted as "SS", meaning that the Pokemon was some kind of Nazi....it seems silly to me, but there are people out there that think that way. I wonder if Nintendo even realizes the potiential for something bad to happen?

But back to AC...I do know a person that plays Animal Crossing exclusively: I might contact him and ask if he is willing to take the game for me. If there is anyone here that is willing to take it "when the time comes" perhaps I will mail it to them. It just depends on what is and is not possible in the new game when it arrives. While it is unlikely, perhaps Nintendo will make it possible to at least transfer the character to the new game, even if we can't take our other assets with us. I do understand why Nintendo would be reluctant to let that happen: I have well over 140 million bells in the bank in the current game, and if I had worked a little harder, could probably have had much more. I planted a LOT of fruit trees in my town, and it was nothing for me to harvest them all on the same day make over 200 thousand bells every three days.

Perhaps the title "New Leaf" should indeed be literal: I can understand why having that much resource would give me an unfair advantage in the game, but an "unfair advantage over whom? A computer-generated competitior?

By the way, I "added" you so that we can play together when the game does arrive, I hope you don't mind?

View PostJohnWClick, on 03 February 2013 - 01:48 PM, said:

By the way, I "added" you so that we can play together when the game does arrive, I hope you don't mind?

That's great! I've added you as well. :) Most of the Friend Code Friends I've added on my 3DS are because of this profound connection to Animal Crossing we all share, that desire to experience New Leaf together. I think the multiplayer is going to be so good this time around. It's very advantageous to have more friends, I think.

View PostJohnWClick, on 03 February 2013 - 01:48 PM, said:

Speaking of which, it occurrs to me that with the release of the next Pokemon games, there will be almost 700 Pokemon, which means there will be a 666th Pokemon coming soon. Let's Pray its not a Dark/Psychic or Ghost type, because all the conspiracy nuts will come out of the woodwork and think that its somehow Unholy or something. I remember when these people saw the runic script on Alakazaam's head that they interpreted as "SS", meaning that the Pokemon was some kind of Nazi....it seems silly to me, but there are people out there that think that way. I wonder if Nintendo even realizes the potiential for something bad to happen?

I don't think too much about it, really. I'm sure jokesters will have a field day with it either way. But maybe the number isn't as interesting in Japan and they'll end up putting some mundane Pokémon in the 666th Pokédex entry. I think a cute, pink Normal-type would be funny.  XD

It's also possible that Nintendo does realize that potential for a PR nightmare and could adhere to the "no such thing as bad press" mentality. A certain animal rights group has been pretty vocal about the supposed animal cruelty message that Pokémon sends. These people take things too seriously and make mountains out of molehills and still others see giants where there are windmills. I'm a very politically correct person, but Nintendo always does a great job of handling controversy. They rarely find themselves at the center of it to begin with, I suppose. But now I'm excited to see the 666th Pokémon! XD

View PostJohnWClick, on 03 February 2013 - 01:48 PM, said:

While it is unlikely, perhaps Nintendo will make it possible to at least transfer the character to the new game, even if we can't take our other assets with us. I do understand why Nintendo would be reluctant to let that happen: I have well over 140 million bells in the bank in the current game, and if I had worked a little harder, could probably have had much more. I planted a LOT of fruit trees in my town, and it was nothing for me to harvest them all on the same day make over 200 thousand bells every three days.

I was always pretty miserable at Animal Crossing economics. I put too much emphasis on the look of my town/house early on, as well as the acquisition of items that I liked, and the bells would disappear. I remember getting frustrated with the materialism in the games. You'll have to share bell-earning strategies with me so I don't end up house-poor surrounded by gyroids.

I did have this awesome bird-shaped thingy...it was like...it had like water in it and it would bob and make a noise. That was my prized possession. I'm easily amused.

View PostJohnWClick, on 03 February 2013 - 01:48 PM, said:

Perhaps the title "New Leaf" should indeed be literal: I can understand why having that much resource would give me an unfair advantage in the game, but an "unfair advantage over whom? A computer-generated competitior?

People seem to really enjoy the challenge and reward of working towards the things they want in the game. Maybe that bell advantage translates to a kind of lack of fun in the developer's eyes. As much as I fail at it, properly budgeting bells is a part of the game. New Leaf looks like it will have a lot to do, much of it not entirely bell-based. Just by playing for many days and many hours, things in New Leaf will unlock.

It's all about the Stalk Market.
What's odd is that I never really thought about it as "economics", I thought the addition of fruit trees everywhere (and I do mean everywhere) would make my town beautiful and somehow unique, which it did in many ways. Berwyn (the name of my town, if you're interested in the origins, check google for "Son of Svengoolie") looked more like a natural forest than it did a town. Acutally, it still does, I shouldn't talk about my town in the past tense... I just hope I can do half as well as I did in the current game. I haven't looked up much information on the new game: this is a deliberate choice on my part as I want the experience to be all-new for me. I will do my best to help you when the game finally arrives. I hope you will also help me! :palm:

Although it isn't really discussed, Japan is, despite its mostly homongenous population, but it is also home to a Christian population that dates back to the 1600's, and it is also a very metropolitan society, so I can't imagine its completely beyond the Japanese consciousness to understand the significance of the number 666 in some way. It will be interesting to watch and see what happens in the coming months. I was kind of dreading the confrontation, now I must admit I am intrigued by what will happen...if anything....will "Pastor" Terry Jones rear his ugly head?

I'm sorry I can't play the current Animal Crossing with you: for some reason, I can't get it to connect to my wi-fi, although 3DS games seem to do just fine. When Nintendo does release its next handheld (3DSXL notwithstanding), one thing I do hope is that it will be a little less restrictive with its protocols. I do look forward to inviting you to my new town when the game is released.

View PostJohnWClick, on 03 February 2013 - 08:39 PM, said:

I will do my best to help you when the game finally arrives. I hope you will also help me! :palm:

We'll help each other! That's what people in the USA do! XD

View PostJohnWClick, on 03 February 2013 - 08:39 PM, said:

Although it isn't really discussed, Japan is, despite its mostly homongenous population, but it is also home to a Christian population that dates back to the 1600's, and it is also a very metropolitan society, so I can't imagine its completely beyond the Japanese consciousness to understand the significance of the number 666 in some way. It will be interesting to watch and see what happens in the coming months. I was kind of dreading the confrontation, now I must admit I am intrigued by what will happen...if anything....will "Pastor" Terry Jones rear his ugly head?

Sometimes in Japanese entertainment I'll see Christian references used really liberally. And that's why I always assumed it was viewed completely differently there. But that's interesting that there are Christian roots there, though I suppose Christianity has roots everywhere since Proselytism is a bit of a core goal.

Nintendo of America will have their hand in everything too. There are loads of things that get censored before they release here. Something that seems like a 666 Pokémon issue may be changed by the time it releases. But X/Y seem like they were worked on differently than games in the past. It's possible someone noticed an issue with the 666 thing ages ago and it's been rectified.

I won't ruin New Leaf for you, hopefully. I have learned quite a bit and watched a fair amount of game footage. I can spot many things that will be censored.

View PostJohnWClick, on 03 February 2013 - 08:39 PM, said:

I'm sorry I can't play the current Animal Crossing with you: for some reason, I can't get it to connect to my wi-fi, although 3DS games seem to do just fine. When Nintendo does release its next handheld (3DSXL notwithstanding), one thing I do hope is that it will be a little less restrictive with its protocols. I do look forward to inviting you to my new town when the game is released.

That's fine. Like I said, I already put my Wild World town to rest. I don't have a Wii, so I haven't played those versions. As Nintendo spreads Miiverse, I think we'll see various future Nintendo systems connecting like never before.

Are you going to get Fire Emblem Awakening tomorrow?! :D
Walmart says they'll have there on march i think x3
I'm just glad I pre-ordered. I think this is going to be one of those games that sells out everywhere. I have a sense that this is going to be a huge release for Nintendo. I expect to see a huge spike in sales of 3DS systems as well. I mean, I could be wrong, I am in a "bubble" but...man, there's no shortage of love for Animal Crossing.

View PostKoreanKittie, on 11 February 2013 - 11:35 PM, said:

Walmart says they'll have there on march i think x3

No.

View PostPastaFriend, on 12 February 2013 - 07:43 PM, said:

I expect to see a huge spike in sales of 3DS systems as well. I mean, I could be wrong, I am in a "bubble" but...

Without a doubt the best-selling 3DS game of 2013.
I pre-ordered New Leaf over a year ago: it will be my prime go-to game, but now I wonder if it will be released on the e-shop. If it were to be released there, that would mean I could literally carry it with me everywhere, and keep Pokemon in the main cartridge port, which would be very sweet....however, since I pre-ordered them both, I suppose the issue is moot now...

View PostJohnWClick, on 12 February 2013 - 08:41 PM, said:

...but now I wonder if it will be released on the e-shop. If it were to be released there, that would mean I could literally carry it with me everywhere, and keep Pokemon in the main cartridge port, which would be very sweet....

Animal Crossing: New Leaf will be available from the eShop on the date of its release.

View PostJohnWClick, on 12 February 2013 - 08:41 PM, said:

however, since I pre-ordered them both, I suppose the issue is moot now...

You know you can cancel pre-orders, right?