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If you’ve been paying any attention to E3 this past week, you’ve probably heard of Nintendo’s new IP for Wii U titled Splatoon, just announced on Tuesday. According to an interview published by Mashable today speaking with EAD manager Shigeru Miyamoto, about 10 core members from the Animal Crossing team were pulled away to work on Splatoon.

He went on to explain that Splatoon is primarily being developed by younger staff at Nintendo, including from the Animal Crossing team. Additionally, the game is being directed by one of Nintendo Land’s directors.

Does this change your opinion on the game at all? Personally, it makes a lot of sense now considering how silly of a game Splatoon seems to be, similarly to Animal Crossing. Do you guys think this could delay development of the next Animal Crossing title? Discuss in the comments below!

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Check out a brand new video interview on Nintendo Minute with Animal Crossing: New Leaf’s producer Katsuya Eguchi and director Aya Kyogoku.

It’s rather strange to conduct and publish an interview for a year old game, so it wouldn’t surprise me if there was some kind of Animal Crossing announcement in store for E3 next week. Of course, if there’s anything announced, you’ll see it right here on this blog!

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Looks like Nintendo made some printing errors on the new Animal Crossing: New Leaf 2-Poster Set from Club Nintendo recently. A number of villagers listed on one of the posters included in the set are incorrectly labeled with either a typo of the name, or a name belonging to a completely different villager. One or two errors wouldn’t be a big deal but there are reportedly about 12 name errors.

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Thankfully, if you happened to order these posters previously, Nintendo is shipping out free replacements soon fixing the errors. They’ve got you covered!

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Looks like Animal Crossing is getting more recognition in other Nintendo games! After the easter egg appearance in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze last month, Nintendo has shared pictures of a new Animal Crossing: New Leaf stage in Super Smash Bros. 4 for the Nintendo 3DS! Read more below:

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We have some unfortunate news today regarding online play in Animal Crossing: Wild World and Animal Crossing: City Folk.

On May 20th, Nintendo will be shutting down the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection servers which provide online play, leaderboards, and more in all Nintendo DS/Wii games. This includes the Animal Crossing, Mario Kart, Pokemon, and Smash Bros games. More details below:

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Looks like the developers over at Retro Studios in Texas are big fans of Animal Crossing! A neat little easter egg has been discovered in the upcoming Wii U game release Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. When the player stops moving for a while, an idle animation is enacted with Donkey Kong taking out his Nintendo 3DS to play a selection of games.

One of those games is Animal Crossing: New Leaf as you can hear the 3PM hour music playing for a few seconds. The other two games played are Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D and Super Mario 3D Land. Check them all out in the video below, you’ll catch the Animal Crossing cameo at 24 seconds in:

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Got some extra Club Nintendo coins burning in your wallet? A new Animal Crossing reward has been added to Club Nintendo in North America, it’s a poster set for Animal Crossing: New Leaf!

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