'Animal Crossing: New Leaf' Finally Getting Amiibo Support Via Free Update


Nintendo is set to roll out a new Animal Crossing: New Leaf update later this fall, and the anthropomorphized animal-filled game will get amiibo support — at long last!

When it goes live, players will now be capable of inviting a villager to pay a visit to the town with the Animal Crossing amiibo cards.

"A free software update is coming for Animal Crossing: New Leaf this autumn! With this update, the game will be expanded with amiibo compatibility. If you use Animal Crossing amiibo cards, the animals on the cards will visit your town. Some of them will even move in if you invite them!" Nintendo says.

Not only that, but fans can also use amiibo figures from other franchises too, including but not limited to Callie and Marie from Splatoon, which is about to kick off the final Splatfest that'll put the Squid Sisters against each other from July 22 at 2:00 a.m. PT to July 24 at 2:00 a.m. PT.

From the look of things, it seems that using the recently released statues of the Splatoon celebrities will unlock special in-game items such as cosmetics, a backdrop and décor based on them.

Interestingly enough, this big feature is finally coming after three years when the title launched for the 3DS back in June 2013.

Considering the popularity of amiibos, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that one of the most popular Nintendo titles is getting support for them, even though it took a while.

This goes without saying, but players who want to take advantage of the upcoming feature need the New Nintendo 3DS or a 3DS NFC amiibo Reader, which is available at GameStop for $19.99.

Just to be clear, the Animal Crossing: New Leaf update will be going official free of charge, and it's scheduled to go live in a few months' time, sometime between September and December.

To spread the news, Isabelle went on Twitter to announce it, providing screenshots that give a closer look at what's in store.

Are you as excited as we are to add in more and more villagers to the town? If so, feel free to drop by our comments section below to let us know.

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