Animal Crossing: New Leaf Welcome amiibo

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Friendly town sim gets updated with whole new way to play.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 6 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Strong themes of friendship, helping others. Players learn to manage their income, collect items for sale, trade, help townsfolk with favors, build, decorate their own houses, landscape, work on special projects to make town better.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Most characters whom players run across have a positive outlook, upbeat personalities. Players can easily make lasting friendships with these characters, be a positive influence on town's welfare, happiness.

Ease of Play

Simple controls; easy to learn. Fishing, catching bugs is simply a matter of timing. There are also a couple of standalone games; Puzzle LeagueDesert Island Escape a little more complicated than base game but still easy to learn, play.

Violence & Scariness

While you can bonk others players, villagers with items such as a net, toy hammer, shovel, there's never any damage done. At worst, it's an annoyance to them, if it affects them at all.


While game has no language concerns, online component opens up players to risk of seeing potentially offensive content when visiting other towns, inviting visitors into their town.


This is technically an updated version of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, with some gameplay updates, new features. Now supports Nintendo's amiibo figures, cards, bought separately in stores. Game can link to Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer to unlock even more additional content.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Animal Crossing: New Leaf Welcome amiibo is a town simulation/role-playing game (RPG) that's an updated, expanded version of the original Animal Crossing: New Leaf game for the Nintendo 3DS. The new version is available as a standalone retail product, digital download, or as a free downloadable update for those who own the original release. There's no inappropriate content. While players have the option to hit characters on the head with items such as a net or a shovel, this causes no damage and isn't necessary to play. There are no language concerns, although inviting other players into a gamer's town could expose them to inappropriate content. This updated version adds support for Nintendo's line of amiibo figures and cards, which players buy separately and use to unlock additional content in the game. It can also be linked to the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game to unlock more exclusive content.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHolly R. March 27, 2020


This is my favorite Animal Crossing game. Even with the new Switch game I’m still managing my position of mayor in game. It’s one of my favorite games on the 3D... Continue reading
Parent Written byxkrien February 28, 2019

a super cute game!

a super cute game with animals but you need to read so 6 and up!
Kid, 12 years old January 21, 2021
Kid, 11 years old April 30, 2020


I love this game! I like how you can make a town, and design it anyway you like. This game has the most amazing music. The music is so relaxing! I would recomme... Continue reading

What's it about?

ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW LEAF WELCOME AMIIBO opens up new features, incentives, and entirely new ways to play. This is Animal Crossing: New Leaf Welcome amiibo. As the title suggests, the new expansion to the town simulation/RPG adds support for Animal Crossing amiibo figures and cards. Players can visit the new campground area, where villagers park their RVs and trade their goods with players. Gamers can add new storage options to their homes to hold all their worldly possessions, while new touchscreen controls make decorating their homes a piece of cake. And if the distractions of daily life in your village aren't enough, there are also two new games to be found in the update, Puzzle League and Desert Island Escape, adding even more to the Animal Crossing experience.

Is it any good?

This popular town sim adds loads of new content to a game that's already very large, making it feel like a brand-new game. After more than three years of fishing, bug catching, fossil hunting, and town building, you'd think that you've done everything there is to do in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Well, thanks to a recent expansion, this has now become Animal Crossing: New Leaf Welcome amiibo, and it's a whole new world to explore. The update adds in-game support for Nintendo's popular amiibo figures and cards, specifically the Animal Crossing-themed amiibo products. After raising their town to a certain point, players are given access to a lamp inhabited by Wisp, a specter who will take the form of any scanned amiibo and grant the player a daily wish. This may be a random goodie such as new furniture or the opportunity to convince the scanned character to take up residence in your town. There's also a new campground area, where players can scan amiibo cards to invite villagers to park their RVs, and villagers will gladly trade their furniture and décor to players in exchange for newly introduced Mutual Exchange of Wealth (MEOW) coupons. These coupons can be earned by accomplishing various "town initiatives": simple mini-quests that involve daily activities such as catching a certain number of bugs or sending letters at the post office.

There are also two new game experiences that can be unlocked: Puzzle League and Desert Island Escape. The first is an Animal Crossing-themed version of Nintendo's popular puzzler game, and the latter challenges players to figure out a way to escape being stranded on an island before a timer runs out. Players can also visit Tom Nook and add a new storage unit to their home, giving them a way to store a whopping 360 additional items. The update also changes up how players decorate their homes. Gone are the days of having to push and pull furniture around. Taking a cue from Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, players can now use the 3DS touchscreen to rotate, slide, and place items wherever they like. It's a much smoother experience and makes it much more fun to switch out your favorite décor. With all these new features and additional content, the Welcome amiibo update expands and improves on just about everything fans loved in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, giving lapsed mayors an excuse to return to their favorite villages while introducing the Animal Crossing experience to a new group of games at the same time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about consumerism. How much pressure is placed on players to purchase additional "add-ons" (amiibo card and figures, other games, and so on) to unlock content in a game? Is it necessary to enjoy the base game?

  • Talk about interacting with the real world versus the virtual world. Do games featuring outdoor activities encourage players to go outside and play in the same way?

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