Animal Crossing: New Leaf has been out for more than a year now, but I finally picked it up only a couple of months ago. If you’re new to the franchise, you might be unsure of what to do each time you play. I’ve compiled a few essential tips I discovered when I first started playing. If you want to keep discovering stuff completely on your own without any help, I suggest skipping this post.
- Check the beach every day. Sometimes, you’ll find a lost sailor asleep on the beach. You can also find lost items that must be returned to the owner.
- Use the left and right buttons on the d-pad to quickly cycle through your tools. When I started playing, I thought I had to keep going to the menu to equip a different item. This will save you a lot of time.
- You can use the up button on the d-pad to make objects, such as trees and buildings, temporarily disappear from view. This is useful for finding dig spots and playing some of the mini-games on the island.
- Keep buying stuff every day in the stores on Main Street. To unlock certain future stores and upgraded versions of current stores, you have to spend a certain amount of money.
- Storage is fairly problematic in this game, especially if you like to hold onto a lot of stuff. When you unlock the second floor of the museum, you can start storing extra stuff there. Most of the items in the game can be purchased again through through the catalog in the Nooklings store. Items that you can’t purchase again through the catalog include rare items like fossils, fortune cookie items, holiday items and so on.
My final suggestion to new players is to avoid the urge to time travel. Time travel in this game means adjusting your 3DS’ clock forward to move through the game faster. Yes, it’s tempting to want to see what your expanded house looks like or to participate in one of the game’s special events, but you’ll quickly run out of content this way. In addition, there are some negative consequences to this; your villages may move out and your town will probably be full of weeds. If you do limit yourself to playing the game in real time and only in small 30 minute periods, you’ll probably find yourself playing this game consistently for a very long time.