Anyone who's even a casual reader of this site probably knows that I'm one of the biggest Animal Crossing fans ever. I've played it since the original GameCube version, and have been keeping a weekly diary of my experience in the Wii title since its release. And I will continue to do so until I am finally able to move to my new home in the Nintendo 3DS version of Animal Crossing. Hopefully they will keep the camera feature from the Wii version and let me take screenshots so that I can continue doing my diary with the new game. Although that particular aspect of the game isn't covered in this developer's roundtable video. So I'll have to wait and see if they remember that it's super easy to include it (heck nintendogs + cats did it, and that was a launch title!).
Animal Crossing proudcer Katsuya Eguchi moderates the discussion and uses comments from Club Nintendo members to drive discussion of the new game with director Aya Kyogoku, design lead Koji Takahashi, and sound director Kazumi Totaka.
While you will become mayor of your town in this new game, that doesn't change the basic concept of Animal Crossing, which is that you play at your own pace. If you want to develop your town into the most awesome place in the world, go ahead. If you want to just slack off and don't care what people think? That's good, too. You'll be able to customize your town with more than just a fountain and a lighthouse this time around. You'll place benches and streetlights so you can further distinguish your town from your friends'.
Customization also extends into the home, where you can now take the same piece of furniture into a shop and change the pattern on the cushions. And instead of just being able to change the color of your roof, now you can customize your walls, the fence, and even the mailbox! And you can exchange your home design via StreetPass, so now you can visit the homes of randoms instead of just friends! Any homes you pick up via StreetPass will be at one end of the town as model homes being shown off by a real estate agent you might be familiar with. Seems like ol' Tommy Nook got himself a new job!
New clothing options are available because they've made the main character taller with the options to change your bottoms as well as your tops this time around. And as a special bonus, it would seem that while girls can choose to wear pants, boys can also choose to wear skirts! Cross-dressing ahoy!
The video closes with the new theme tune, which is just lovely. I'm going to enjoy hearing it every day when I play Animal Crossing on my 3DS. Whenever that is. This game can't come out soon enough for me!