I found myself over the last couple weeks staring at a blank notepad wondering how I was going to preview Animal Crossing. To me, it will join Harvest Moon and Etrian Odyssey IV as the reasons you need to own a 3DS. And that is why it is so hard for me to preview this game as nothing I can say will do the game justice.
Overall, it plays like every other Animal Crossing game: you run up and down on what is a cylindrical world talking to the townsfolk, running errands, and remodeling your town all whilest collecting pieces of furniture as trophies for your house. You can fish, catch bugs, plant trees and flowers, collect trash, dig for fossils, etc. as things to do to pass the time.
As for actual additions to the gameplay: you can swim and you an become mayor allowing you to customize the layout of your town even further. Other than the additions of more items, costumes, and possible townfolk the game is the same as the original.
And that’s it. The game is a beautiful recreation of an already excellent series. Animal Crossing keeps to the simplicity that made the game so enjoyable in the first place, making it feel as it’s adopting a Generation clause similar to the Pokemon series. Look for it on shelves June 9th.