So here we are. We are ten days away from the US release of HHD, which also applies to the rest of North America and South America. On the Bell Tree, there are a few threads talking about whatever the Japanese version owners know and what others don’t. You are free to read this if you want, but if you don’t like spoilers, do not read this entry. But if you’re too eager to know, then feel free to read. There’s nothing wrong with that.
Anyway, here are some facts about the game:
- It’s for both the 3DS and new 3DS – this is good news. Aside to the regional lockout, this game doesn’t discrimimate between what 3DS system you can use, whether if it’s a traditional 3DS (2011), the original 3DS XL, the 2DS, or the new 3DS. Heck, you can use any 3DS to play with amiibo cards. The only limit is that you will need an external device for amiibo card reading if you’re using an older 3DS model. The new 3DS and new 3DS XL can read cards without any external device.
- There are more furniture pieces than ever – not only that, but you have more options with furniture decorations. You can hang some on the walls, hang them on the ceilings, or just place them on the floor. Prior to the E3, you can also rotate furniture in any direction. On a related note, there are different doors and windows. When you start the game, you have a limited amount of items. As you fulfill more animal requests, you will unlock more items to use with decorating.
- You can decorate villager home interiors, exteriors, Main Street shops, restaurants, and schools – the purpose is to decorate villager homes, but you can also decorate their front yards, as well as business places. The only trade-offs are that you cannot decorate your own house, as you don’t own a house. And town decoration like seen in New Leaf doesn’t apply either. The purpose is to decorate interiors.
- You can unlock two-room and three-room layouts for your villagers – yes you can. Villager houses can have more than one room. But in order to do this, you will need to spend 3DS pedometer points (where you earn one coin for every 100 steps you take). You can still earn only ten coins per day, but I don’t know if there is the 300-coin limit anymore.
- Rooms can appear in different shapes – are you tired of decorating just square rooms? You can have longer rooms and close-to-squared rooms.
- Amiibo Cards aren’t required to play, but are required for some stuff – yes, there are some games that require other devices to play, but this isn’t one of them. However, if you do want to make villager requests less random or if you want to invite other villagers to other houses, you will need to scan amiibo cards.
- Character Customization is the same as New Leaf’s – you can customize your character in any way you like, just like in ACNL. You can choose eye shape, eye color, hair style, and hair color. A new feature is that you can change the skin color. There’s also multiple clothing options, including wearing your own patterns. The only limit is that you’ll have to wear the HHA jacket when you work. But you don’t have to wear the same bottoms like in the promo.
- Some limits in New Leaf expands in HHD – instead of having only 10 custom patterns and 10 villagers, you can have up to 120 patterns and hundreds of villagers. And the furniture limit inside houses is up to 64 from the 48 in New Leaf (I remember when 24 was the limit in Wild World).
- The clock and calendar doesn’t apply – now this is some bad news. The game doesn’t operate on a 24 hour clock like New Leaf. Instead, it is daytime when you work, but when your work day is over, it is night. You can wander in villager homes at night or before the next work day. As for the seasons, all four of them appear on the map. You can choose where you want them.
- Animals aren’t very picky – although there is a minimum requirement of what they want (such as Goldie wanting a library), animals will like any design you give them. You can re-design their houses and give them what they want too.
- You can still have fish, bugs, and gyroids – even though you can’t hunt fish or bugs, you can still place them in houses. You may need 3DS pedometer points to spend on these.
- No bells – everything is free. All you need to worry about is unlocking new items and using the 3DS pedometer points (or play coins) for some stuff. But no bells are required.
When the game comes out, I’ll be looking forward to share what I did. I may also share my opinions.