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ACNL:Welcome amiibo

Animal Crossing New Leaf's Tex, my favorite resident

Saying goodbye to Tex, my buddy.

If you’re not into spoilery information you may not want to read this post because I’m so excited over a new feature in the update, Welcome amiibo, I’m going to talk about it. Actually, I’m going to talk about a couple of new features so, if you’re still reading, consider yourself warned.

I read on Twitter that it was possible to sell your town in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and was confused. Since when, and, to be more specific, why on EARTH would I want to sell my town after putting so much work into it? I read about Welcome Amiibo, the update for ACNL and, as much as I didn’t want to admit it, was intrigued. The idea of starting over really does appeal to me. It’s why I have so many low level alts in LotRO, after all. My altism is caused by the urge to start over fresh, have new and maybe different adventures … second chances! The more I thought about it the more I was game, but not until I ran all over my town to find Tex, my all-time favorite resident, and take a picture with him. For memories sake, you know.

Once my decision was made I ran to Tom Nook because I’d read he’s the one who bought your town. He made no offer whatsoever so I ran to Isabelle who also knew nothing of selling my town. If you’re not sure how to sell you do so through Isabelle when you start the game. When talking to her before loading into your town you’ll get the option to “Recreate” or “Delete” your existing town. Choose the recreate option and she’ll hook you up with Tom Nook who will offer to buy your town and your catalog. You can sell your town and keep your catalog but I opted to sell both because I was starting over fresh and, well, I’m an ‘all-or-nothing’ kind of person when it comes to starting over. Who cares if it’s more work? All. In.

Starting fresh in Animal Crossing New Leaf Welcome Amiibo

Freshly pitched tent. This thing is ON!

I made just shy of 30 million bells for both my town and catalog. I may be starting fresh but I can promise you town building will go much quicker this round! I was officially welcomed as mayor and then ran around to meet my five residents. You must have a rating of 100% in order to get your building permit started, something I didn’t realize the first time. I’d read in the release notes (I skimmed them, really) something about daily quests and MEOW coupons. You’re given 10 MEOW (Mutual Exchange of Wealth) coupons to start with and can earn more via the daily quests system. I have earned a few coupons but I’ve yet to pull up my TPC, Town Pass Card, to see the daily quests. I keep forgetting. The dispenser, or ATM for the MEOW coupons, is right by Town Hall. You use the coupons to buy furnishings and apparel from Harvey and his RV guests in the RV park that’s now in your town. I’ve spent a few coupons already and bought a bunny hood from Zipper T. Bunny who’d come to the RV to sell goods in the off-season. How cool is that?

Picture taken with the amiibo camera in Animal Crossing New Leaf

Ranni meets Geralt and Ciri. Aww.

I don’t know if the amiibo camera is new or not but, when starting your game there’s a list of options after pressing the ‘start’ button (A) and the amiibo camera is in that list. You can take pictures of your ACNL self out in the real world. I was sitting at my desk when I saw the camera so I had to get Ranni on Ciri’s shoulder (yes, people, that’s still my desktop background because I ❤ Geralt!!!) for a quick picture. That’s the only one I took as this isn’t something that interests me, but I can see how this could be fun.

Animal Crossing New Leaf Welcome Amiibo genie lamp

I was busy shaking trees when a text bubble from ??? popped up asking me to find them. ??? was kind enough to tell me when I’d walked in the wrong direction as I looked for them and it took me a bit to finally find the lamp sitting on the ground not too far from me. ??? had me take the lamp to my house so we could talk.

Wisp the 'genie' in the lamp in ACNL Welcome amiibo

WISP!!

Once inside I interacted with the lamp and Wisp popped out! Wisp can’t stay out of the lamp in this form for very long so he asks that you use an amiibo card and allow him to take the form of whichever card you use. I have an NFC reader (got mine with AC:Happy Home Designer but you can buy a reader separately) and a few amiibo cards so I grabbed Roald, an adorable jock penguin and swiped his card over my reader.

Wisp taking the form of Roald from an amiibo card

Wisp in Roald form

Isn’t he cute? Wisp will grant you one wish daily and give you a few MEOW coupons. I’ve used the lamp twice now, the second time with Isabelle. She gave me the option of asking for a gift or ‘anything else’. The anything else option was a tea set. Not bad. Roald, however, gave me the option of moving in to my town as a resident!!! Oh, and, of course, getting a gift. The gift was a foosball table. ANYWAY. I got to thinking about the option of moving in as a resident. Isabelle already lives in town (Town Hall, assuming she has a cot in the back or something) so, naturally, she couldn’t offer that option. BUT. What about Tex, my most favorite resident in the history of ever??? I could get him back in my town, perhaps, if I had a Tex card! OMG, this blows my mind! Sadly, I don’t have a Tex card and I’m not paying $10 bucks (USD) to get one. I’d pay that for a couple of 6 packs of cards, yes, but not just for a Tex card, even though I love him so.

Tex is in Series 4 of the amiibo cards so I ordered two sets of them from Amazon. There are 100 cards per set so who knows if I’ll get a Tex. Or when. They’re out of stock at the moment. HNNNGGHHH! I’m hoping he moves in to town on his own. My town will most likely be full by the time I get his card!

I have fossils to find, rocks to smack and trees to shake so I’d best be off. If you want a new friend here’s my friend code: 2509-4065-3801. Be sure to leave a comment giving me your friend code as you have to ‘friend back’ in order for it to work. Now, to go work on my town!