The next development in the Animal Crossing series, which is to be released in the U.S. sometime next year, may have that level of newness that long-time fans want. A new U.S. trailer was released on October 25, though we have already seen much of what is in store for the new game in the E3 2011 trailer and the Japanese footage released by IGN a few months ago.
One of the features to appear in the new trailer is greater customization: different styles of homes, more furniture and decorations, and the ability to change your pants! As mayor of the town, you will be able to build such fixtures as benches, fountains, and lamp posts to make your world beautiful. The graphics in this game are as cute as ever, and most of the old gameplay seems to still be there—by old gameplay, I mean doing pretty much whatever you please. Also, the end of the trailer reveals that beloved musician KK Slider has abandoned his acoustic guitar in favor of some awesome new turntables! Overall, the changes look promising.

One of the problems I and other fans had with the last release was that it was too much like the previous games. Animal Crossing, Animal Crossing: Wild World, and Animal Crossing: City Folk, are more or less slight variations of the same game. In fact, I tend to regard all three as interchangeable, depending on whether I am near a Game Cube, Nintendo DS, or a Wii. New Leaf looks to provide all the things we love about the first three games, plus some refreshing and long-overdue changes. The only unlikely hope I have for this game is that it offers a better way to combat bees.

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