PSA: Animal Crossing Plaza to End on December 31st 2014

Animal Crossing Plaza Wii U

In September 2013, Nintendo introduced an experimental app for the Wii U, the Animal Crossing Plaza. While functionally limited to sharing Miiverse posts, participating in polls, and sharing your pictures from New Leaf on the 3DS, it seemed to attract a legion of fans. Nintendo has reminded users that the service, who’s writing was on the wall as soon as it launched, will end on December 31st. But the Animal Crossing story is not over when the calender turns to 2015, apparently.

New Leaf’s director, Aya Kyogoku, took to Miiverse to say that while the app will end online services, users can continue to view existing posts, and Nintendo itself will post to the app. In addition she hinted that more Animal Crossing news will drop in 2015.

Hi there! Aya Kyogoku from Nintendo here.

It’s already December, and that means only a few weeks left before the Animal Crossing Plaza service comes to an end. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who’s downloaded and enjoyed Animal Crossing Plaza! And to those of you who haven’t – why not take this final chance? Animal Crossing Plaza will remain available on Nintendo eShop until 22nd December 2014.

The end of the Animal Crossing Plaza service also means that after 31st December the monthly themed surveys will stop, and it will no longer be possible to post to the Animal Crossing Series Community. From next year on, you will only be able to view existing posts in the community. So, please take the chance to post to your heart’s content in the coming days, and be sure to vote in the final survey, which will decide who was the neighbour of the year in 2014!

Even though you won’t be able to post to the community anymore, you will still be able to visit all your favourite characters in the plaza after the service finishes, as long as you have already downloaded Animal Crossing Plaza. So be sure to drop by whenever it takes your fancy – don’t be a stranger!

We’re also going to continue posting news related to the series here in the Animal Crossing News Community, so stay tuned for more information about Animal Crossing next year!

Could this hint at a new Wii U entry? People by now are comfortable with Animal Crossing being at home on a portable, and the last console entry, City Folk, didn’t exactly light the world on fire. People accused that entry for being too derivative of the DS’ Wild World, and not adding anything meaningful to the formula. Could a Wii U entry, despite the potential for 3DS connectivity and HD visuals, fall into the same trap?

If you so desire, now is the time to post as much as you care to on the service. What are your thoughts on the closure of Animal Crossing Plaza?

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