Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival will release exclusively for Wii U on 20th November.
By using amiibo figures from the Animal Crossing series, players can take control of fan-favourite characters and watch them come to life as they travel across the board, trying to collect as many Happy Points as possible. Players tap their amiibo figure to the Wii U GamePad to roll the dice and move along the board, with each space involving their character in a short sketch. These sketches see the characters star in quirky adventures around the town, whether it’s singing at the station for more Bells (the game’s currency), taking a trip to the shops, or visiting the town’s museum.
Each board game session takes place across an in-game month, with each turn representing a different day. Much like previous Animal Crossing games, players can experience all four seasons, with each month offering unique events to participate in.
Every Sunday, Joan will come to town selling turnips, and players will have to sell any turnips they buy before the following Sunday. The turnip prices are different on each space, so you might land on a high-value space and make a bundle by selling your stalk portfolio, or see your investment aspirations go down the drain by having to sell them for less than you paid.
Each Happy Points collected can be saved to each Animal Crossing amiibo and used to unlock five emotions and five costumes per character. It’s not just your character’s appearance that will change over time, as the town can also evolve as you play. The more time you invest in your town, the more it’ll grow.
Anyone with a copy of 3DS’ Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer will also be able to save any homes they have designed to an Animal Crossing amiibo card and import it into Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival.
Additionally players can use their collection of Animal Crossing amiibo cards to participate in a variety of minigames. Test your Animal Crossing knowledge in the Quiz Show, or pop as many balloons as you can and stick your landing on Balloon Island. In Desert Island Escape, make use of each animal’s different skills, find materials and evade enemies on dozens of islands as you attempt to construct a raft and float to safety within seven days.
The game will be available as a bundle with an Isabelle amiibo and a Digby amiibo (while stocks last) as well as Goldie, Stitches, and Rosie amiibo cards. Amiibo figures of Cyrus, Lottie, Reese, Mabel, K.K. and Tom Nook, as well as an amiibo triple pack including Cyrus, K.K. and Reese, will also all be available to purchase separately on 20th November.