Nintendo's Secret Weapon

On the third floor of Nintendo’s U.S. headquarters, next to the conference rooms named after Mario and Donkey Kong, there’s a door that you can’t open. There’s no boss key or warp pipe here—unless you’re one of the handful of people with a high-security keycard, you’re not getting in. » 4/22/14 1:00pm 4/22/14 1:00pm

Famous Actors Are Stealing Kid's Animal Crossing Crops

This new Nintendo Europe commercial starts out harmless enough. There are celebrities, there's some Animal Crossing, there's some 3DS. Then the crimes kick in. » 11/29/13 11:00am 11/29/13 11:00am

Have Your Animal Crossing Character Brought To Tiny Life

Edberg Panganiban is now selling maybe the best Christmas stocking stuffer of them all: little resin Animal Crossing figures, hand-painted to match your own character's design. » 11/21/13 12:00am 11/21/13 12:00am

Wear Link’s Snazzy Shirt in Animal Crossing Right Now

Screw municipal management. Nothing matters in Animal Crossing as much as what you’re wearing. So it’s exciting that there’s a new top Legend of Zelda-themed top coming to New Leaf today. Starting today, you can grab the top by scanning the QR Code you see right here. » 10/01/13 10:28am 10/01/13 10:28am

Animal Crossing Comes To The Wii U With Animal Crossing Plaza

Available today for the Wii U as a free download, Animal Crossing Plaza is a community hub for the popular 3DS town sim, packed with special features to help fans share their AC experience on the big screen. » 8/07/13 11:19am 8/07/13 11:19am

This Animal Crossing: New Leaf Glitch Lets You Duplicate Items

Tiny Cartridge has found a glitch that I've heard lots about recently, as it allows you to duplicate items in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. The method is not exactly what I'd call "safe," but that's how it usually is with exploitations like this. » 7/15/13 9:30pm 7/15/13 9:30pm

The Best Way To Catch Beetles In Animal Crossing: New Leaf

This might sound rash. I'm going to suggest you basically demolish your island. Say your goodbyes, because you're about to go on a tree murder spree, you criminal. » 7/15/13 12:30pm 7/15/13 12:30pm

Skyrim's People Will Die At The Hands Of Animal Crossing's Villager

The Animal Crossing psycho gag runs about as far as it can run in this mod, which turns your Skyrim character into the star of Nintendo's mortgage simulator. Then gives him a giant sword. » 7/07/13 10:00pm 7/07/13 10:00pm

The Silly Conversations In Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Come on and slam! In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, our actions and the reactions of the animal citizens can trigger some pretty terrific dialogue. Managing our town wouldn't be the same without these characters and their rather interesting personalities. » 6/27/13 9:00pm 6/27/13 9:00pm

Animal Crossing Characters Changed Sex for Western Release? [Update]

The latest Animal Crossing game seems to have changed effeminate male characters into female ones for the 3DS game's English language release. Eds Note: This isn't new for Nintendo or AC. » 6/24/13 5:30am 6/24/13 5:30am

Show Us Your Animal Crossing: New Leaf House

They say you can tell a lot about a person based on how they decorate a room. And if you're playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf, you're gonna have a lot of rooms to decorate. Let's share, shall we? » 6/20/13 1:00pm 6/20/13 1:00pm

Animal Crossing's Smash Bros. Crossover: Food For Thought

After the PS4 beatdown, the next-biggest thing amongst internet gif makers last week was the announcement of the Animal Crossing villager for the new Smash Bros. game. » 6/18/13 1:00am 6/18/13 1:00am

Tips For Playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Few games are as relaxing and enjoyable as Animal Crossing—that much hasn't changed with the newest iteration. Now that the latest game in the franchise is out, I figured I'd share some tips in the hopes that they'll help you make the most of your New Leaf experience. » 6/09/13 12:00pm 6/09/13 12:00pm

No Retro Games in Future Animal Crossings—With One Possible Exception

The first Animal Crossing game released in the U.S. in 2001 let players add joy to their villager's treasure-digging and furniture-arranging lives by collecting and playing emulated Nintendo Entertainment System games. There were Nintendo games within that Nintendo game. That's not coming back, the series' creator… » 6/08/13 11:00am 6/08/13 11:00am

I Played The New Animal Crossing With The People Who Made It

I'm a lucky gamer. I get to play games with the people who make them. I know it's the job and that it's usually tied to selling something, to puffing up a preview or what have you, but, hey, it's also fun. It's odd, too. » 6/07/13 5:00pm 6/07/13 5:00pm

Shockingly, Six Critics Really Like Animal Crossing: New Leaf

I mean, come on, it's Animal Crossing. Nintendo's addictive life sim series has always maintained consistently high review scores, and New Leaf, coming out on Sunday for the 3DS, is no exception. » 6/06/13 5:00pm 6/06/13 5:00pm

Animal Crossing: New Leaf: The Kotaku Review

Let me tell you, I've done some fantastical things while playing games. Saved the world. Visited galaxies. Destroyed evil—you know, that sort of thing. And yet none of that has baffled me as much as the idea that there's a game where I accrued a home mortgage and was able to sit down and go, "Yes, okay, I will work… » 6/04/13 1:30pm 6/04/13 1:30pm

Nintendo: Tom Nook Is 'Misunderstood'

As I play an advance copy of the newest version of Nintendo's beloved Animal Crossing games, I've again been pondering the nature of Tom Nook, a character who could teach Bowser and Mother Brain a thing or two about tormenting a Nintendo gamer. » 5/15/13 1:00pm 5/15/13 1:00pm