A video game where the player is the mayor of a small, stylized village was released five years ago today.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf, developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS handheld was released in North America on June 9th, 2013, following a late November 2012 release in Japan.
The latest in a series of stylized life-simulator games, New Leaf has the player mistaken for the mayor of a village of a world stylized, mostly anthropomorphic characters. The player must take their villager through activities like shopping, interacting with others, bug catching and more.
Customization is a staple of the series, as players can change the way their character, their home, and in New Leaf, their town looks.
New Leaf scored mostly positive reviews from critics and was a success in sales. Characters and settings from Animal Crossing have appeared in other Nintendo titles recently, such as Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. for WiiU and 3DS.