Originally announced at E3 all the way back on June 15th, 2010, Animal Crossing on 3DS has been one of the most desired titles for Nintendo's handheld. Out in Japan since November 8th, Animal Crossing: New Leaf (as it's now known here) is selling monster numbers, and yet it got nary a mention in today's Nintendo Direct US. So the question arises: where's our damn Animal Crossing?
Why is Nintendo of America trying to deny us the sweet pleasure of candy colored mayoral duties—an experience one of our writers likened to "digital heroin?" Sure, we may have made a little fun of Tom Nook in the past, but that doesn't mean we deserve this evasiveness. Even Europe got a speculative Q2 2013 release date in their personalized Nintendo Direct. After all, Animal Crossing has sold well-to-excellent here in the past, breaking the million units barrier on both its GameCube and Wii incarnations.