In a preview for Animal Crossing 3DS, it has been revealed that, as you take on the role of the mayor of your town (rather than being a mere resident as in previous games), you’ll be able to decorate more of your village, with the specific mention that you can “add benches or street lamps to brighten the place up and make your villagers happier.”
But, because “being mayor can be a daunting task,” you’ll be accompanied by a secretary throughout the course of the game. She’s a dog-like character that’s new to the series who is described as “clumsy” and will point out parts of the town that look good, or may need work. The first thing that pops into my head is that damned Microsoft Word Paperclip, but supposedly, “chatting with her may be one of the game’s highlights”.
It’s also confirmed that it will be possible to “design every aspect of your house, right down to the design of the mailbox and the colour of fencing outside.” In terms of interior design, you can change your furniture by taking it to a special upholsterer shop, which allows you to tweak individual objects so they look like you want them to look. Character-wise, you’re able to have separate top and bottom designs for your clothing, so “if you want your little Animal Crossing boy to wear a t-shirt and a skirt then, odd as that may look, you can do it.”
The village itself is “said to be a lot bigger this time than ever with many separate section”, and you can see its general layout in the image above. There’s also a new section for “Model Homes”. These are homes designed to provide you with inspiration for your own designs. Plus, since the game supports StreetPass, when you pass someone with a save file for Animal Crossing 3DS, their house is added to this section.
So, who’s excited?