Nintendo recently held the previously-announced Animal Crossing-themed Nintendo Direct broadcast, and with it we learned the full details regarding the game’s big new update. The update is completely free and available now to download, and it packs a lot of new things for people to check out.
First up is the long-awaited amiibo support, which will actually be more expansive than initially anticipated. Along with featuring full support for the 16 Animal Crossing amiibo that are currently available, amiibo from other franchises like The Legend of Zelda and Splatoon are also supported. Using amiibo from other franchises will unlock in-game items that are relevant to their respective games.
Next is the addition of two new mini-games, which are called Desert Island Escape and Puzzle League. In order to unlock these mini-games you need to locate two different items, which is the in-game Wii U console for Desert Island Escape and a Nintendo 3DS XL or New Nintendo 3DS for Puzzle League. You can get these items by purchasing fortune cookies from the Nooklings’ shop, or by scanning any Animal Crossing amiibo.
Accompanying this is a new currency called MEOW (Mutual Exchange of Wealth) coupons, which can be spent at a new area called Harvey’s Campground. This currency is earned by completing either the daily or weekly town initiatives.
There’s also some smaller features that were announced, which include an amiibo camera mode, a new storage space accessible from the player’s home, and the ability to configure home furniture with the 3DS touch screen.
While the update is available now for free, it will also come pre-installed into the re-release of the game called Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo. That new version of the game will launch on December 2nd.