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LEVEL-5 has been teasing the idea of a sequel to Fantasy Life on Nintendo 3DS off and on for quite a while now, and they’ve finally delivered on the announcement today. Except it’s probably not quite what you were expecting: Fantasy Life 2: Two Moons and the Village of God is releasing this summer in Japan for iOS and Android mobile devices.

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As far as we can tell at this early stage, Fantasy Life 2 doesn’t seem to much of a sequel at all aside from a new Village feature to collect villagers and build up your town, certainly a feature that gives off a mobile game vibe but also more of an Animal Crossing vibe. The graphics seem extremely similar and the game takes place in the same maps as well as the same 12 lives as far as we know.

Fantasy Life is a mostly great game on the Nintendo 3DS (more on that soon, my long delayed review is scheduled to go up this month) and truly deserves a full true-to-life sequel at some point no matter the platform with brand new maps and lives. For more information and screenshots on Fantasy Life 2: Two Moons and the Village of God, check out the official website in Japanese at LEVEL-5.

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A new Animal Crossing game titled Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer is coming to the Nintendo 3DS later this year as announced on the April Nintendo Direct broadcast today. This new spin off game also marks the introduction of amiibo cards, starting with a collection of Animal Crossing animals.

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It’s happening at long last. Nintendo has just announced today a new agreement with Japanese mobile game company DeNA to bring Nintendo’s intellectual property, including characters, to mobile devices. This new deal includes the potential for any and all Nintendo IPs to be developed for mobile devices in collaboration with DeNA. There will be no exceptions to any individual IP: the deal covers them all, including Animal Crossing.

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If you haven’t heard already, Nintendo’s loyalty program Club Nintendo is going the way of the dinosaur in just a few months. As part of their attempts to give everyone a chance to spend their remaining coins before the shut down, a massive collection of brand new both physical and digital download rewards have been posted on Club Nintendo in North America.

Amongst these fresh new rewards for North America is a very special treat for all of us Animal Crossing fans out there: A double set of Animal Crossing Mini Playing Cards for 600 coins! Each set contains 52 cards and feature various Animal Crossing characters on them alongside their Japanese names. These were previously available on Club Nintendo in Japan but now they’re available to the rest of us.

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I’ve already ordered them myself and I heavily encourage you to consider them yourself if you have the coins to get them. If you’re interested, click here to head over to the page for them. Presumably they will have quite limited stock, so don’t daddle too much.

There’s a ton of other great rewards available today as well if the Animal Crossing cards don’t suit your taste. The physical rewards selection includes a Legend of Zelda 3DS XL Pouch or Messenger Bag, various poster sets, a Mario T-Shirt, a 3DS Game Card case, and more. Plus, there’s an astonishing amount of digital downloads available including full priced retail games, not just eShop games. Check out the full reward catalog by clicking here.

Tell us in the comments below if you pick anything up, and if so what!

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Aya Kyogoku, the director of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, took to Miiverse today to remind everyone of the impending closure of the Animal Crossing Plaza application on Wii U. As we’ve known since the release of the plaza back in 2013, the application will be closing this month. The last chance to download it from the Nintendo eShop is December 21st, so here’s your chance to check it out if you haven’t yet.

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It’s been a long while since we’ve had a “traditional” Nintendo Direct covering a range of upcoming titles on both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. The recent Nintendo Direct broadcasts in recent months have chosen to focus solely on a single particular game instead of the entire lineup.

This traditional Nintendo Direct is coming back tomorrow though! On Wednesday, November 5th at 2PM Pacific / 5PM Eastern / 10PM GMT, Nintendo is broadcasting a brand new Nintendo Direct providing updates on upcoming games for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.

It’s been said that this Direct will discuss “software releasing by the end of this year, while looking ahead to 2015.” (that’s their wording, not mine!) As always, you can catch the broadcast over at either Nintendo.com for the NA stream, or Nintendo.co.uk for the EU stream. Or if you’re feeling special, head over to Nintendo.co.jp for the Japanese stream.

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So as many of you may be aware, Fantasy Life on the Nintendo 3DS finally released in North America today, as well as Europe last month. Personally, I have been watching this title since TGS 2012 where it was first shown in Japan. Finally, a localization effort was announced at E3 this year, and here we are today with the game released in all territories!

Many have been saying that this game will appeal to the Animal Crossing audience, and I snagged a copy from Nintendo of Canada, so I’m going to be covering some of the game here over the next while to give you guys an impression of the game from the perspective of an long time Animal Crossing player. I’ll look into doing a review as well at some point. So buckle in, this blog is making a little come back with Fantasy Life!

If you’ve already played the game, or are considering doing so, leave us a comment below!

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