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Pre-Order Animal Crossing: New Leaf For $34.99 At Amazon

By Kevin on Mar 07 2013 04:34 PM
Animal Crossing: New Leaf turns over a five dollar bill!

Amazon.com is accepting pre-orders for Animal Crossing: New Leaf for only $34.99. First-party 3DS titles retail for $39.99 so this is a great way to save five dollars. Additionally, the product qualifies for FREE Super Saver Shipping. Well, what are you waiting for? Go on, cancel your pre-orders elsewhere so you can save your hard-earned money!

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Animal Crossing: New Leaf will be released in North America on June 9th.

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"Well, what are you waiting for? Go on, cancel your pre-orders elsewhere so you can save your hard-earned money!

HAHA!
Lol. I am a loyal Gamestop man. So I'll be keeping my reserve, or should I say my friend will.
My only fear is that Nintendo will botch the Animal Crossing New Leaf release and there will be gamers who want the game (the physical cart, not a download) who will have to wait even longer to start playing. I did read some complaints on Amazon pertaining to Fire Emblem: Awakening. I remember one comment speculating that the distributor honors brick and mortar stores before online stores. Bringing me to an important point, yes we would save $5 and perhaps get it on the release (or earlier, I've heard that can happen as well) but it's that kind of thing that hurts the brick and mortar stores. So I'm always on the fence about it.

For $5-savings, it doesn't seem too big of a deal. For $10-savings, I would buy online, sure.

I purchased Paper Mario Sticker Star on NewEgg for $30 at release, which was awesome.

I've waited for Fire Emblem: Awakening, just please don't make me wait for Animal Crossing New Leaf. Something inside of me would die, Nintendo. :(
I highly doubt that Nintendo will make the same mistake twice, especially since we're talking about a franchise that is adored worldwide. Fre Emblem, by comparison, is nowhere near as popular. If Nintendo of America botches the physical release of New Leaf like they did Awakening, they will suffer majorly for it.
How much would that be in UK Pounds? I'm in the UK.

View PostLuffyFoxtrot, on 08 March 2013 - 05:45 AM, said:

I highly doubt that Nintendo will make the same mistake twice, especially since we're talking about a franchise that is adored worldwide. Fre Emblem, by comparison, is nowhere near as popular. If Nintendo of America botches the physical release of New Leaf like they did Awakening, they will suffer majorly for it.

I often feel like when you're a fan it's really hard to stop that relationship, that dynamic is so strange. People that love Apple products are willing to spend the money on them every few months and don't seem to mind any limitations or inconveniences. And I think people that love Nintendo are willing to deal with any crud that Nintendo puts us through. Because we love Nintendo. And sometimes love is one-sided, messy, and hurtful. We remember the bad times so easily and we forget how awesome Nintendo is and why we love it: the games. And they are very good to us! But mistakes happen.

Anyway, I'm not sure an Animal Crossing fan has a choice. If the game is delayed or the launch is bungled, it's not like fans can get New Leaf from Sony, y'know? So it's more a matter of...I don't know. If it gets messed up, and like you said it probably won't because Nintendo knows there is crazy-hyped-up demand for it, but if something isn't right from the consumer's perspective I think players will tell Nintendo. I think the Nintendo Directs and social media have broken that wall between Nintendo and customers/players. I wrote Nintendo about the Fire Emblem: Awakening launch to voice my disappointment and I'm not sorry I did. It didn't fix anything, but it lets Nintendo know that something wasn't handled as well as it could have been.

So Nintendo may not suffer economically, but I do agree that they will lose consumer confidence. They'll lose "street cred" and their failure will be immortalized on the internet, haha!

Soon after, a massive meteor with a reptilian Koopa King riding on top will crash to Earth. The destruction the impact creates will be nothing compared to the devastation this intergalactic Bowser will wreak on our fragile planet. He will be called Bowser because of the association the media will make between Nintendo's failing to bring fans Animal Crossing New Leaf and because he'll look just like Bowser. He will be the Universe's swift justice. I imagine plumbers who happen to be twins will try to thwart him and his army, but it will all be for naught. And then, once our planet and civilization is ruined, Bowser will just continue on to the next planet that Nintendo dooms by failing to deliver a highly-anticipated game in stores on the day they say they will. I think the logical next planet to be destroyed would be Pandora where the Na'vi live peacefully, playing their Wii U games in trees, never knowing that Bowser and his army are on their way... D:

But this is also all hypothetical. We're months out from Animal Crossing New Leaf's launch. We just have to survive without it until then and by the will of K.K. Slider, the day will be great. I hope. For all of our futures.

PastaFriend, on 08 March 2013 - 02:54 PM, said:

I often feel like when you're a fan it's really hard to stop that relationship, that dynamic is so strange. People that love Apple products are willing to spend the money on them every few months and don't seem to mind any limitations or inconveniences. And I think people that love Nintendo are willing to deal with any crud that Nintendo puts us through. Because we love Nintendo. And sometimes love is one-sided, messy, and hurtful. We remember the bad times so easily and we forget how awesome Nintendo is and why we love it: the games. And they are very good to us! But mistakes happen. Anyway, I'm not sure an Animal Crossing fan has a choice. If the game is delayed or the launch is bungled, it's not like fans can get New Leaf from Sony, y'know? So it's more a matter of...I don't know. If it gets messed up, and like you said it probably won't because Nintendo knows there is crazy-hyped-up demand for it, but if something isn't right from the consumer's perspective I think players will tell Nintendo. I think the Nintendo Directs and social media have broken that wall between Nintendo and customers/players. I wrote Nintendo about the Fire Emblem: Awakening launch to voice my disappointment and I'm not sorry I did. It didn't fix anything, but it lets Nintendo know that something wasn't handled as well as it could have been. So Nintendo may not suffer economically, but I do agree that they will lose consumer confidence. They'll lose "street cred" and their failure will be immortalized on the internet, haha! Soon after, a massive meteor with a reptilian Koopa King riding on top will crash to Earth. The destruction the impact creates will be nothing compared to the devastation this intergalactic Bowser will wreak on our fragile planet. He will be called Bowser because of the association the media will make between Nintendo's failing to bring fans Animal Crossing New Leaf and because he'll look just like Bowser. He will be the Universe's swift justice. I imagine plumbers who happen to be twins will try to thwart him and his army, but it will all be for naught. And then, once our planet and civilization is ruined, Bowser will just continue on to the next planet that Nintendo dooms by failing to deliver a highly-anticipated game in stores on the day they say they will. I think the logical next planet to be destroyed would be Pandora where the Na'vi live peacefully, playing their Wii U games in trees, never knowing that Bowser and his army are on their way... D: But this is also all hypothetical. We're months out from Animal Crossing New Leaf's launch. We just have to survive without it until then and by the will of K.K. Slider, the day will be great. I hope. For all of our futures.
Biggest comment I have ever seen, but worth the read. Animal Crossing New Leaf, can't wait to play it.

View Postquijas31, on 07 March 2013 - 05:49 PM, said:

"Well, what are you waiting for? Go on, cancel your pre-orders elsewhere so you can save your hard-earned money! HAHA!

What's so funny about that?

View PostLuffyFoxtrot, on 08 March 2013 - 05:45 AM, said:

I highly doubt that Nintendo will make the same mistake twice, especially since we're talking about a franchise that is adored worldwide. Fire Emblem, by comparison, is nowhere near as popular. If Nintendo of America botches the physical release of New Leaf like they did Awakening, they will suffer majorly for it.

Remember what happened to Animal Crossing: New Leaf in Japan? I know Nintendo of Japan apologized for the shortages, but I could see something like this potentially happening in North America.

View PostKevin, on 08 March 2013 - 06:52 PM, said:

Remember what happened to Animal Crossing: New Leaf in Japan? I know Nintendo of Japan apologized for the shortages, but I could see something like this potentially happening in North America.
There's somewhat of a slight difference between underestimating a product's popularity at launch and the copies effectively not existing at all in the first place. Sure, Nintendo of America could do the same thing (an honest mistake, the same thing happened with the Wii when it launched. Worldwide, even), but I don't see the underestimating thing to be as serious as complete lack of stock. They still made oodles of cash with New Leaf's shortages; Awakening sees their profits cut by maybe three quarters until they can sort it out and get retail copies sold.

View PostNintendoKOZ, on 08 March 2013 - 02:04 PM, said:

How much would that be in UK Pounds? I'm in the UK.

You're lost.

View PostLuffyFoxtrot, on 08 March 2013 - 07:16 PM, said:

There's somewhat of a slight difference between underestimating a product's popularity at launch and the copies effectively not existing at all in the first place. Sure, Nintendo of America could do the same thing (an honest mistake, the same thing happened with the Wii when it launched. Worldwide, even), but I don't see the underestimating thing to be as serious as complete lack of stock. They still made oodles of cash with New Leaf's shortages; Awakening sees their profits cut by maybe three quarters until they can sort it out and get retail copies sold.

Are you saying that you don't foresee any shortages of shipping delays for those who pre-order online?

View PostKevin, on 08 March 2013 - 07:22 PM, said:

Are you saying that you don't foresee any shortages of shipping delays for those who pre-order online?
Not at all, I was more referring to those who purchase in store, really. There are a lot of varying factors here, so it's quite difficult, or even impossible to assume what will be the case when New Leaf launches in NA. I was just referring to how the launches of New Leaf in Japan and Awakening in NA are completely different situations. Honestly? I hope that there aren't any issues with New Leaf's launch, but you never really know D:
I guess I'm not quite sure how Pasta is using "botch" in this context:

View PostPastaFriend, on 08 March 2013 - 01:43 AM, said:

My only fear is that Nintendo will botch the Animal Crossing New Leaf release and there will be gamers who want the game (the physical cart, not a download) who will have to wait even longer to start playing.

Is he saying that the game will get delayed, or there will be shortages?

View PostKevin, on 08 March 2013 - 07:33 PM, said:

I guess I'm not quite sure how Pasta is using "botch" in this context:

Is he saying that the game will get delayed, or there will be shortages?

I don't know, we'll have to ask him.

No, I'm more concerned with shortages. I don't like when some players are playing a game and other players are left out of that moment when we should all be experiencing a game's release together. If it's delayed, then at least we're all waiting together. But with shortages, it can take time and patience and...no like. XD But as I said, there's nothing we can do about either of those things. We just gotta hope we get the game and everything goes well.

I had been worrying about translation and censorship issues as well. Also things out of our hands.

View PostKevin, on 08 March 2013 - 06:52 PM, said:

What's so funny about

Just made my laugh thinking about somebody reading this and going to cancel their pre-order.  You just know how to get me.

quijas31, on 09 March 2013 - 12:05 PM, said:

Just made my laugh thinking about somebody reading this and going to cancel their pre-order.  You just know how to get me.

I...was one of those people. :)
I think ill just stick to gamestop... I like supporting them to be honest lol
Animal crossing is $34.99 everywhere its not just amazon. At least in america it is.
I'm confused.  My pre-order at Gamestop was for $34.99, so where the savings?

View Postxxkristalxx, on 03 June 2013 - 10:13 PM, said:

Animal crossing is $34.99 everywhere its not just amazon. At least in america it is.

View PostMissyCheng, on 04 June 2013 - 08:20 AM, said:

I'm confused.  My pre-order at Gamestop was for $34.99, so where the savings?

At the time this was written and posted (March 7, 2013), it was assumed the game would be $39.99 in the United States because that's how most of the first-party games were priced. It's been a pleasant surprise to see Animal Crossing: New Leaf priced at $34.99.