Nintendo is finally ready to talk about Animal Crossing on the 3DS and it sounds like it was worth the wait. Debuting during this morning’s Nintendo Direct broadcast, the game has officially been titled Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It’ll be available early next year and New Leaf casts players in a new role, the mayor. As mayor, Animal Crossing: New Leaf players will gain control of the entire town, placing landmarks, overseeing businesses, and “sitting in the big chair.”
New Leaf also promises plenty of new customization options including clothes, furniture, and decorations. All of these items can also be shared with other players thanks to the game’s built-in QR Code generator. Finally, Animal Crossing: New Leaf will contain “Paradise Island,” a place where players can take part in new minigames or just swim in the water.
You can get a good look at all of these new features (as well as DJ K.K. Slider) in the trailer above.