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Animal Crossing Plaza for Wii U now available

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During the Nintendo Direct, Satoru Iwata made several new announcements about Animal Crossing: New Leaf. The first is that there is now an Animal Crossing Miiverse community for you to share all of your favorite screenshots and discuss specific villagers with others. You can also share QR codes in the Miiverse community.

The second is a new Animal Crossing Plaza similar to WaraWara Plaza that is typically seen when users start their Wii U. All of the villagers from Animal Crossing will roam around in the Plaza and you can talk to them to see their specific Miiverse posts. This plaza is available as a free download and will be available to the end of 2014.

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  • Baum 「ツリー」

    I don’t own a 3DS or the game (YET!), but it’ll be fun to just derp around with that :D

    But I wonder if it’s just an app you have to boot up everytime or if it’s actually like a “Skin” for WaraWara-lobby…

  • meekmeek93

    Well, now I’m buying both a Wii U and 3DS this month. Stay strong, wallet! Stay strong for me!

    • Ducked

      How could you wait this long to get a 3DS O_O

      • meekmeek93

        Throughout high school, I often played 3DS games on my little sister’s 3DS. When I entered college last year, I realized how much I really wanted one but I wanted a Wii U as well despite the fact that I didn’t have enough money for either one. Now that I finished my summer job, I have enough money to purchase both.

        • Shagpile

          …..

        • Ducked

          So you’ve seen the light now? lol

  • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

    I dont think it replaces the wara wara plaza. I think he said it was LIKE the wara wara plaza, but for animal crossing

    • http://about.me/overlordror Ashley King

      Yep, you’re right. Too much info to take in!

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        XD well that’s understandable. I liked todays direct. I dunno what people were expecting :3

    • Zelly Jeffers

      Would be awesome to swap out though. It’s gorgeous and certainly has more personality than WaraWara Plaza.

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        oh absolutely! I’d like to see a mix of the animals and miis in the warawara plaza, that way you get player posts and cute animal sayings.

        • Zelly Jeffers

          Precisely! Hopefully they’ll give you the option later on. I could also see it working with other Nintendo IPs.

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            Yeah, themed plazas would be AWESOME. A little mario themed one, all the miis run around and jump on goombas and whatnot XD

  • Mochlum

    Kind of cool, but really pointless at the same time. :/

    • Baum 「ツリー」

      not really (now). But it’ll be pointless as soon as the 3DS gets Miiverse.

    • Gotallofthem

      Oh yes, God forbid, that they add anything to change things around a bit. So tell me do you where the same Exact Type/Color shirt and pants every day?

      I mean whats the point of changing to a different color/type shirt pants every day. I mean its just a shirt and a pants…..

      • Mochlum

        I’m just saying, an Animal Crossing Miiverse community seems like enough, I don’t see why they need to do some plaza.

    • Andreas Sunde

      Marketing.

  • FackMaaii

    Is this US only? I checked but nothing seems to be downloadable. Can’t find the community either

    • D Moness

      shouldn’t be since it was tweeted by nintendo of europe as well during the direct. It might take a bit for it to appear(that happened before)

      • FackMaaii

        Thanks :)

      • Baum 「ツリー」

        I’m afraid that it MAY not be available until tomorrow since Thursday is Europe’s “eShop-Update-day” ^^

        • D Moness

          could be although it did happen before that they updated something before our regular update. The community is up in japan and america though. I do not mind waiting 1 more day , I just hope we do get it.

          • Baum 「ツリー」

            What got released on another day than Thursday oO

          • D Moness

            I have to look back at the release lists, also it is up in europe, downloading the AC plaza now :)

          • Baum 「ツリー」

            oh really? Thanks for the info :D
            Let’s get the trollin’ started (and also the moneysaving for that damn 3DS xDD Gotta buy one with Layton x Wright coming next year)

    • Kirbyomega

      …. read the end of the article… available at the end of 2014…

      • Jon

        you didn’t read it…. it is available TO the end of 2014, not at the end.

        • Kirbyomega

          Sorry I hadn’t watched the direct yet.. I’m actually downloading it no ^~^

    • Jon

      it is there for me now on the main store page

    • Arthur Jarret

      I’m in NL and I downloaded it yesterday from the E-shop.

      • Tim van Broekhoven

        Ja, ik ook. Ze zeiden wel dat ie meteen na de Direct downloadbaar was, maar ik kon he m pas een uur laten downloaden.

        • Arthur Jarret

          Ah, ik ben meestal pas om 19.00 thuis, dus ik had dat verschil niet door.

  • http://www.nouvelleorange.com/ NouvelleOrange

    This just might be what launches the Wii U’s second life, folks. Animal Crossing fans are diehard fans that will buy the Wii U just for this. I already had a Wii U but if I hadn’t, this would be the incentive for me to buy.

    • http://www.nouvelleorange.com/ NouvelleOrange

      Now available on Canada/Québec’s Nintendo eShop !

  • Clel

    Yay! Wii U owners get a Miiverse community for a game they don’t have!

    Woopie, all that tender care for the Wii U! Mmm… delicious!

    • Clel

      /sarcasm

      • http://www.nouvelleorange.com/ NouvelleOrange

        Well what are you waiting for ? Go out and buy Animal Crossing : New Leaf. This game sucks so much of my time, it’s not even funny.

        • Clel

          I don’t have a 3DS. I just think it’s so weird to put a up a community for a game up on the network of a certain platform that doesn’t even have the game that the community is dedicated to.

          • http://ejercitogeek.net/ Mercurio2054

            that’s a marketing movement.

          • Jon

            why is it weird? it is a Animal crossing series community when there is both animal crossing handheld version and console versions. I am assuming there will be one for the Wii U made some time if this is not a little hint that they may be thinking of making one.

          • Paul Wright

            then why are they putting 3ds games on the wii u shop and vice versa…

          • boynhisblobs

            It’s to get you to consider looking at the 3ds.

            Why don’t you have one yet? Its literally the best console on the market right now and with all the new streetpass games and animal crossing, I’m on the thing all the time (when im not, my wife and daughter are).

    • sugardeath

      Funny, I’m a Wii U owner and I have the game..

      • Yoboyjohn

        Am I missing something though?why are they making a 3ds community on the wii u? Maybe their planning to make animal crossing on wii u?:)

        • Arthur Jarret

          The wii U has awesome social features.

          Animal crossing is a very social game without actual online social features.

          It’s there for the same reason there is a luigi community or a zelda community on wii U, that’s not for specific games. A place to chat about it as off-topic posting is noted as a modable offence in the rules & regulations…

          • boynhisblobs

            Its also there to get everyone excited about the possibility of Animal Crossing U.

          • Arthur Jarret

            But mainly, it’s there so I can profess my undying love for Brewster!

      • kevin nun—-

        Not everyone carries cash to buy games, there are more important uses. Some were not so lucky to have money and need to save for college and stuff (others are just lazy) He is completely right, as of now the plaza is pointless, unless Nintendo is using it as a beta plaza. I wanted the summer update news. Not even an announcement for Miiverse on 3DS was shown.. *sigh*

    • Jon

      I have animal crossing and a Wii U….

  • https://twitter.com/Onyzora Ony

    It’s so awesome I gonna die *_*

  • Elem187

    “All of the villagers from Animal Crossing will roam around in the Plaza and you can talk to them to see their specific Miiverse posts. This plaza is available as a free download and will be available to the end of 2014. ”

    Sounds like Animal Crossing U will be out in late 2014, hence why that plaza would no longer be needed?

    • Jon

      yeah, this kind of ran through my head when they announced this and the miiverse community, they he was a little hint that they are developing it.

      • boynhisblobs

        Looks good too, cant wait!

  • Nintyfan

    Oh Nintendo you tease.

  • yoyodawgletmesnufflethatyuffle

    So what is this new plaza? A new plaza theme for wii u or what?

    • Elem187

      Teasing Animal Crossing for Wii U… these are most likely the real character models they are going to use for their game.

      • boynhisblobs

        Agreed

  • Kirbyomega

    i want a smash bros. plaza

  • Wayne Beck

    Damn it, why can’t they just say Animal Cross U is coming..

    • Elem187

      They need it to be a surprise

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  • wober2

    I do not understand why spend the development resources to make this? I went to the plaza it really seems pointless… Why not at least have the plaza communicate with the 3ds rather then the sd card?

    I also wonder how long a port of the 3ds game would take to make…

    • boynhisblobs

      I have a feeling a new Animal Crossing is coming to Wii U by the end of 2014 and this is some of the work they’ve done on the animals being displayed. Looks cool if you ask me, but agree it is a little pointless.

      • wober2

        Yeah the up res of the 3ds models looks really nice. I wonder if they had to rebuild them or not.

        • Elem187

          of course they had to rebuild them… When you move up to HD you can see the edges of polygons much easier, so they would need higher polycounts to keep the characters from looking bad…. that and they had to reskin them, because uprezzing the textures would look like a hot mess.
          So yes, these have to be all new assets.. Which tells me they have a Animal Crossing U in the works… there is no way they would spend resources on something like this if they weren’t going to use the models for a full retail game.

          • tuffkid

            They most likely made the models for the 3DS game with a higher polycount and higher res textures when they made the game, just like other companies have done since the PS2 era (SquareEnix for example). They then scale the resolution and poly’s down to fit the 3DS specs.

            Point being is they probably already have most of the models “HD” ready. I do think they are working on Animal Crossing U though, but it doesn’t mean that this Plaza had to take alot of resources and man hours to make.

          • boynhisblobs

            Doubt it, it looks way too different. The plaza was created from the ground up. When you touch a character and see their menu, the details are pretty nice. This looks like an early tech demo for a new Animal Crossing U. They want people to get excited at the possibility of a new animal crossing on Wii U. It’d be a perfect fit with the touchscreen.

          • tuffkid

            Way too different? It’s the same models, only smoother. I’m sure they have the models and textures nice and crisp, then scale down. This would save so much time instead of making the same assets over and over. This was most likely done when they started making the 3DS game with these new smoothed characters instead of the old N64/Gamecube ones.

          • boynhisblobs

            Completely agree, why put time and money into something that could just have been another topic on miiverse. Its showing off the possibilites, like how many animals could be on screen at once in a new Animal Crossing U. Not saying there’s going to be hundreds of villagers at once, but its a possibility now.

          • wober2

            I am so used to vector based graphics programs I just assume they can scale to any size. This probably does not work with polygon based work.

      • Tim van Broekhoven

        You made exactely the same post on miiverse am I right? There was at least a post with exact the same sentences…

    • incoherent1

      I thought the same thing, but maybe Nintendo is trying to entice 3DS users to get a Wii U by providing free enticements and cross-platform compatibility. If so, I’m down with it!

  • wober2

    Does anyone wish they did more with wara plaza. mostly pointless unless, everytime i see a post i like i switch screens and the post disappears.. :-/ It was really charming at first but now I wish it was more like a newsfeed of miiverse, semi-customizable.

    • Jon

      I kind of do, I was hoping this was more of a skin for it but it is an app where it takes you into another plaza that you can just view posts and stuff. I was think how much of a great idea this was for the wara wara plaza where you got this animal crossing skin but… it isn’t… the wara wara plaza is the same and you just load the animal crossing plaza… the two are separate

      • wober2

        Yeah i know. I just wished for something a tad bit more useful then the separate animal crossing wara wara app.

    • Elem187

      I like the way it is… if you want a quick feed, click your feed button. it shows all of your posts and posts of people on your friends list.
      I leave the plaza on the screen when I’m done with a game just because I like to see random drawings.

      • wober2

        I used to leave it up as well. Feed button? I am not sure i know this button…

  • Jon

    Well, I got it, was excited about it but now… kind of meh, kind of disappointed as it is a separate app and it is just an animal crossing setting with people roaming around… I was hoping it would be pretty much the wara wara plaza with an animal crossing skin to it where you could load your games and stuff from but.. sadly you can’t :(

  • andrewjcole

    Sounds neat although I still think Nintendo should just do skins for the plaza. Also, this sounds like a hint for another Animal Crossing game. I can see the GamePad coming in handy.

  • Ducked

    Still waiting for a full animal crossing game for Wii U :)

  • xenort

    Nintendo should make themes for their wara wara plaze like this.
    I’ll get them even I have to paid.

  • Baconfat23

    Well their’s two things I have to say.
    1. I reckon this is closing at the end of 2014 because that’ll be when Animal Crossing U releases therefore it’ll no longer be needed.
    2. This is what themes should be like on Wii U. Have the Miiverse communities be apples in the tree and add a Animal Crossing look to the other half and it would be a theme and an awesome one at that.