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You might want to dust off your copy of Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

That 3DS game came out back in 2012, but Nintendo today released a free update for the life sim that adds new features. Notably, New Leaf now has support for Amiibo capability, Nintendo’s toys-to-life line that stars figurines based on game characters.

Animal Crossing Amiibo originally worked with spin-off games in the series Happy Home Designer for 3DS and Amiibo Festival for Wii U. Now, using them for New Leaf will attract new residents to your virtual town that live in an RV park. These characters can offer players items like an in-game Wii U console or a new New Nintendo 3DS, which unlock new minigames Desert Island Escape and Animal Crossing Puzzle League. That last one is especially exciting, as Puzzle League is one of the best puzzle series released on Nintendo consoles, as anyone who ever played Pokémon Puzzle League on the Nintendo 64 can tell you.

Nintendo is also releasing new Amiibo cards for Animal Crossing on December 2. Amiibo cards can interact with the 3DS just like actual Amiibo, although they aren’t nearly as fun to collect and display. A new packaged version of the game, Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome Amiibo, will also come out on December 2.


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Looks like 3DS owners will have something besides Pokémon Sun and Moon to play this month after all.

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