Free “Welcome Amiibo” Update for Animal Crossing: New Leaf Now Available

Nintendo has released a new free update for Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

The new “Welcome Amiibo” update for the game brings with it Amiibo functionality, a new RV campground area, and more. When you tap Amiibo cards or physical Amiibo onto your 3DS (or the peripheral), you’ll be able to see various Animal Crossing characters join the game.

Featured above, you can view a new trailer showcasing the update.

Here’s the full rundown on the new update, via Nintendo:

Work with amiibo!

  • New Life for Animal Crossing amiibo Figures!: The 16 Animal Crossing series amiibo figures let you invite special guests into your game with their own RVs, where you can interact with them on their day off from daily duties in town. These characters will also offer players an in-game Wii U console item or New Nintendo 3DS XL and New Nintendo 3DS items, which give players access to new games Desert Island Escape and Animal Crossing Puzzle League, which are almost like new games in themselves!
  • Wisp’s Wishes: By finding the magic lamp in the main game, you will unlock amiibo functionality. Once acquired, you can use the lamp once a day to summon the ghostly Wisp, tap a compatible amiibo and invite that respective amiibo character to your village. Do you want to live in a village full of ducks? Or cows? By using specific amiibo, you can make that wish come true!
  • New Welcome amiibo Cards: 50 new amiibo cards for Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo launch on Dec. 2, the same day as the new packaged edition of the game. These cards not only include cool new villagers from past Animal Crossing games, but also their RVs as well! And speaking of those RVs…
  • New RV Campground: After updating the game, you will notice a new area in your town. This new campground offers different interactions with special villagers and new shopping opportunities, as well as Harvey, a hilarious new character that will assist with all your campground needs. By tapping certain amiibo figures or cards, a character will show up in her or his custom and stylish RV. This even applies to some non-Animal Crossing amiibo like the Inklings from Splatoon and Wolf Link from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD.
  • More to Play!: The in-game Wii U console item unlocks the Desert Island Escape game, while Animal Crossing Puzzle League can be accessed with the in-game New Nintendo 3DS XL and New Nintendo 3DS items. The Wii U and New Nintendo 3DS XL and New Nintendo 3DS items can be obtained via fortune cookies at the Nooklings’ shop, but it’s much easier to obtain these items when you scan any of the 16 Animal Crossing amiibo figures.

No amiibo needed!

  • MEOW Coupons: By earning new MEOW (Mutual Exchange of Wealth) Coupons, you can obtain unique in-game items at the campground or from your visiting animal friends. To earn these coupons, you must complete new daily or weekly Town Initiatives, like pulling a set amount of weeds or gathering certain seashells.
  • Say Cheese!: With the new amiibo Camera mode, you can take the coolest in-game selfies ever. By gathering your favorite villagers, you can snap a photo and save it to view whenever you like! You can even share with friends using the 3DS Image Share tool. No amiibo are needed for this mode, but by tapping an amiibo you can take photos of your new villager friends!
  • What Do you Do With a New Storeroom?: Store things, of course! With the Animal Crossing: New Leaf update, you can use your Bells to obtain a new storeroom for your house at Nook’s Homes. You can access this storeroom from anywhere in your house and it stores tons of collectibles. Maybe you can even hide a dusty old umbrella in there. Isn’t that where all dusty old umbrellas are stored?
  • Decorating is Easier Than Ever!: Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo lets you customize your home by moving around your furniture and items using the Nintendo 3DS touch screen. This makes setting up a perfectly styled room easier than ever.
  • Happy Home, Happy Transfer: If you have save data from the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game, you can link your save data and unlock 20 giant furniture items to spend your Bells on in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. What do we mean by giant furniture? Well, just that. This new furniture is HUGE and will definitely make an impression in any home.

This new update will also launch in a new packaged version, Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome Amiibo, on November 25 thin Europe and on December 2nd in North America.



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  1. Uncle Slick
    Uncle Slick
    November 2, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    MORE STORAGE???????????????????????

  2. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    November 2, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    >amiibo trash
    You know where we put trash?

  3. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    November 3, 2016 at 12:01 am

    on one hand the idea of being able to pay to get the villagers you want kind of ruins the entire point of AC in my eyes but on the other I’m pretty sure people were already doing that with some weird in-game “trading” system anyway so I don’t know. Still feels scummy either way. Not that I’m surprised, if anything what I’m surprised by is how long it took to implement it.

  4. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    November 3, 2016 at 1:03 am

    Am I the only one shocked that the Amiibo with the most interesting functionality, at this point, is the fucking Wolf Link Amiibo of all things?

    I mean, look at all these games it’s compatible with:

    TPHD, Breath of the Wild, New Leaf, it’s insane.

    Also, I love how Nintendo releases FREE updates with more content than Watch Dogs 2’s $40 season pass.

  5. Zombie_Barioth
    November 3, 2016 at 2:06 am

    On one hand, its nice to see them go back and update old games with Amiibo content. On the other, with as many characters there are in AC this is a major money pit even for Amiibo, with or without the cards.

    Also, if you already own both titles, why doesn’t Happy Home Designer just give you the items instead of making you save up to buy them?

  6. Smug
    November 3, 2016 at 2:23 am

    I pity your parents having to spend their hard-working money on your amiboos

  7. Jewelwriter Moonstar
    Jewelwriter Moonstar
    November 3, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Likely because some people have quite a lot of coin saved up or earned.

  8. Zombie_Barioth
    November 3, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    True, I find it weird though considering the original actually did have free unlockable stuff via codes. Even by AC standards it seems like saving (or grinding if you will) for the sake of saving.

    New players don’t benefit at all if they started with HHD.

  9. Jewelwriter Moonstar
    Jewelwriter Moonstar
    November 3, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    Well they kind of gain extra. [I didn’t get HHD…but I do got AF. And before you judge, It’s more Mario Party than Mario Party 10]

  10. Zombie_Barioth
    November 4, 2016 at 2:23 am

    I meant as far as extending the game goes, since new players would already have the house upgrades and everything else ahead of them.

    I have no beef with people who enjoy Amiibos, just the better/worst than other business models argument.

    Just found the Amiibo cards today btw, they’re 6-packs. Not too bad, though I didn’t see the price.

  11. Jewelwriter Moonstar
    Jewelwriter Moonstar
    November 4, 2016 at 9:54 am

    In a sense the cards are quite cheap. About $1 per amiibo card.

  12. Zombie_Barioth
    November 4, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    So they’re $6 a pack I take it (or technically, $5.99)?

    That’s not too bad, mainly because they have the RFC chips inside adding to the cost.

    The randomized nature of it though, not so nice, plus I can see people taking advantage in the 2nd-hand market and card shops.

  13. Jewelwriter Moonstar
    Jewelwriter Moonstar
    November 4, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Isn’t that true with any good card? *points to MtG, Pokemon, Yu-gi-oh, Cardfight Vanguard, and Weib Swirz.*

  14. Zombie_Barioth
    November 4, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    True, but I mean due to the supply and demand of Amiibo themselves, not being ‘good’ cards.

    The rarity of the figures will likely influence the equivalent cards’ value since they’re the only alternative.