Animal Crossing: New Leaf Update Review

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Update Review

After four years, one of Nintendo's most beloved games finally gets new features.

At the beginning of this month, Nintendo issued a long awaited update to their 3DS game, Animal Crossing: New Leaf. The game, that came out in 2012, allows a user to create an avatar, and become the mayor of a town with animal citizens. (I promise it's more fun then it sounds.)

As mayor, you can establish new town projects -- like building police stations, or water foundations, or you can declare town ordinances, like keeping all the shops open late at night. You can expand your house by repaying your mortgage, visit friend's towns and even play mini games on your own private island.

After four years, Nintendo issued an update that allows gamers to enjoy the game even more with added features. Here is a look at the new update:

1. Campsite

One of the biggest and most noticeable changes to the game after the update is the addition of a campsite. It sits at the far left or right of your town, and it is entirely separate from your shops and houses. Special characters come in their RV cars and spend the day enjoying your town. Its a nice chance to interact with characters you see very rarely, like Jingle the Reindeer or Sahara.

In addition, there is a small store outside the RVs where you can buy exclusive new items. They don't accept bells however, so you have to collect and use MEOW coupons. You can obtain these by doing small, simple initiatives in your town -- things like catching 10 fish, or donating a painting to your museum.

Both the character and the items for sale change everyday, so it's fun to come back and check what's new at your campsite.

2. Amiibos and Wisp the Ghost

Nintendo's big thing right now is Amiibo figures and cards. Amiibos allow users to load their favorite character into a game and reap certain benefits from it. For example, you can level them up in Super Smash Brothers to make attacks stronger, or you could use them as a playing partner in Yoshi's Wooly World.

In Animal Crossing, they have a slightly different purpose. After two to three days playing with the update, a voice will suddenly talk to you while you're wandering around your town. If you follow the voice, you will stumble upon a magic genie lamp, which contains Wisp the Ghost. He asks you to bring him to your house because he can't come out of his genie lamp in public. To repay you for finding and helping him, he will grant you one wish a day and to grant these wishes, he needs a body to inhabit. This is where the Amiibos come in.

You call upon Wisp and when prompter, touch an Amiibo or card to the DS screen. Wisp will become that character, and you can do one of two things: Make them move into your town, or make them visit the campsite in an RV.

Nintendo sells Animal Crossing Amiibos in two ways: cards and figures. The figures are mostly of special characters like Tom Nook, Isabella or Kappn'. The cards are usually of various villagers.

3. Secret storage room

The last most noticeable update is the addition of a secret storage room option for your home. The room gives you an additional 360 slots of storage, and it is completely hidden from view.

To obtain the secret storage room, you have to finish paying off your current home loan to Tom Nook. Once it's completed, Nook is going to ask you if you want any more work done to your house -- say yes, and ask to add a room. A storage room will be an option after that.

An additional feature of this room, that might be the best of all, is that with this room, you know have the aibility to move furniture and items around your house using only the stylus and touch screen. You can get this feature by talking to Lyle and Lottie after you get the room. Decorating your room will be ten times as easy by using the touch screen, instead of the track pad and buttons.

So all in all, how is the update?

In my opinion, this update was extremely needed. Animal Crossing is a fun, addictive game. However, it's also easy to lose track of playing daily once real life gets busy. I have happily played everyday since the update has come out. I think the update reinvigorated the game, something that was needed for a very long time.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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Stop Texting And Start Making Memories With Your Partner

You'll blink and your time together will be over.


Technology is taking over our lives in this day and age. People use their phones for every aspect of their lives and they rely on them way more than they should. People act as if their phones are their lifelines.

They set reminders, the play games, track their food and exercise. You name it, you can probably use your phone for it. They have absolutely taken over everything so it's no wonder why people can't seem to take time away from them.

I will be the first to admit that I have an addiction to my cell phone. It is the first thing I see when I wake up and the last thing I see before I go to sleep. My boyfriend has an addiction to his as well. It's a problem. In any moment of silence, we check our phones or answer texts.

We get so focused on our phones that we will go hours without speaking to each other or making any noise at all. With the already limited time we have to spend together, we really shouldn't be worried about Facebook videos and Snapchat updates.

I hadn't really noticed it was a problem until my boyfriend pointed out that we go days at a time without having a real conversation. I scrolled through our texts and realized he was right.

We had been missing out on weeks of making memories and planning dates because we were too busy being in a committed relationship with our phones instead of each other.

Relationships are about balance and about making an effort to spend time together and make memories. It is about learning about someone so you can fall for them a million times. You can't make memories like that from behind your phone screen.

What happens when your phone dies and you don't have your phone charger? I'll tell you. You're stuck in awkward silence waiting for your partner to get off of their phone.

Or you sit in silence with your partner not knowing what to say or do because you have been treating your phones like lovers instead of each other. That's just painful.

You can't fall in love with your phone and the way that it has grown and changed over the years. Your phone can't hold you when you are sad. It can't take care of you when you are sick. It can't hold your hand in the car or make you laugh. So why choose it to spend time with over your partner?

Do you really want to look back on your relationship years from now and wonder why you don't have any memories? Or wonder why you can't remember anything you've done together?

No. No one wants that. So turn off your phone, put it on silent, hide it away and spend time making memories with the person you love that will last far beyond your phone battery. Trust me, you won't regret it.

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