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Animal Crossing: New Leaf Listed In eShop For $34.99

By Kevin on Apr 10 2013 04:42 PM
There's a new Animal Crossing: New Leaf retail price in town, folks!

A quick search in the 3DS eShop reveals that Animal Crossing: New Leaf lists for $34.99. This seems to be the new, reduced retail price for the game. According to retailer websites Amazon, Walmart, Target, GameStop, and Best Buy the price is shown as being slashed from $39.99 to $34.99. Initially, a price of $39.99 was set which is usually the case for first-party Nintendo software.

With possible shortages of stock, purchasing Animal Crossing: New Leaf in its digital form might be the way to go. When Fire Emblem Awakening was released on February 4th, many brick and mortar retailers weren't able to satisfy customer demand with physical copies of the game until weeks later.

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Will you be purchasing Animal Crossing: New Leaf from the Nintendo 3DS eShop or will you pre-order your physical copy from one of the participating retailers?

Also, don't forget about our Animal Crossing: New Leaf giveaway contest where we draw one lucky winner at the end of this month for a free physical copy of the game. Check out the contest details here.

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Comments: 6

Balance $51.21?! YOU'RE RICH!!!!!!!

I put $5 down for the pre-order in March of last year. I will be very disappointed if I can't get my physical copy of Animal Crossing: New Leaf on the day it is released. I feel like there are no excuses. Nintendo knows this is going to be a big one. I know they don't expect to boost digital sales by withholding retail copies of the game. But fans might think that and will get pretty angry and vocal about it. Some might even contact the media to investigate. It's bad enough that they are charging retail price for digital games with no cloud system as backup. If something happens to one's 3DS, all of the digital game save data is gone. It is a system of digital distribution that leaves much to be desired.

I never bought Fire Emblem: Awakening. I wanted it so badly, but the want subsided when I couldn't find a copy in any stores near me for weeks. I see FEA all the time now and I'm like, "Oh yeah, that game I should have gotten when it came out but now the DLC is more expensive than when it was first released." Will I get FEA eventually? Probably. But my sights are currently set on Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I'm just haunted by that bad experience I had with FEA. Also, the numerous failed system transfer horror stories have me leaning retail.

The eShop is great, don't get me wrong! And I have a love for my 3DS that would be a psychologist's dream to study. (Is that blue light that fades on and off not unlike a loved one's breathing? Is the green light of StreetPass not unlike the warmest smile?) I'm just saying as I've said before, if a game is available physically, then that's how I'll get it. If not, then there's nothing I can do but download and enjoy. And let's face it, most of the new Nintendo IPs (intellectual properties, characters and their worlds) are only in the eShop. Dillon, Denpa Men, Pushmo, the list goes on. That's the future.
I will be getting the physical copy. This was pre-ordered and paid for about 1 year ago through Gamestop. I also hope there is not shortage in physical copies.

aquizero, on 11 April 2013 - 10:23 AM, said:

I will be getting the physical copy. This was pre-ordered and paid for about 1 year ago through Gamestop. I also hope there is not shortage in physical copies.

1 Year, wow congrats.  That is some initiative.
I'll go for a physical copy, but I'll just wait till their in stock, after the release.
I guess I will wait for the physical copy too. ^_^
I should probably pre-order New Leaf at some point, as I put off pre-ordering Fire Emblem Awakening to last night and so now I have to put up with shipping rather than picking it up instore. AKA I'll be getting it two days late, as Nintendo Australia likes releasing first party software on Saturdays and Australia Post doesn't deliver mail on the weekends. Naturally, New Leaf is coming out on a Saturday. Boo.

Also, if Nintendo of America is releasing the game for just US$35, Nintendo Australia better well drop the price, too. AU$70 compared to US$35 is just ridiculous.