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3DS Animal Resort Update

MMV's debut title looks like it could be a robust simulation.


Famitsu.com has an update today on Animal Resort, one of the surprise announcements from last month's Nintendo Conference event. Animal Resort is the first 3DS game from Harvest Moon publisher Marvelous Entertaiment.

In Animal Resort, you inherit a zoo from your grandfather and, in an effort to restore it to its former glory, raise animals. You start off with a single elephant, but can look forward to over 100 animal types in all.

Your interaction with the animals involves such activities as feeding them and taking pictures. If you build up a strong relationship with an animal, you'll be able to give it commands for special actions. These actions are the key to winning the approval of visitors. You'll have to be careful about making the animals perform too many actions, though, as they'll get tired.

Famitsu's details on the game are a bit scarce but we can guess a few things from screenshots.

The game's menu gives you access to such options as "Communicate with Animals," "Animal Vendor," "Check Visitors," "Mail Box" and "Diary." You can switch off between the zoo's operations office and your storage and communications rooms. The menu screen also lists your target visitor count (number of visitors per day), number of animals in your zoo, number of "areas" in your zoo, and number of platinum, gold, silver and bronze medals you've collected. It's unclear at present what most of these are for, although you can probably make some guesses.

It looks like you can get a general idea of visitor reactions by watching them. In the screens, your visitors appear as green silhouettes. Their reactions are shown in text bubbles. One bubble shows a person saying "We'll come again!" while another says "I'm hungry" and another says "It's cute!".

For the photo component, you press up and down to zoom, x to take your picture, and move around by physically moving the 3DS. This seems to suggest that the game uses the system's external cameras or motion sensors to determine your movement.

Based off the screenshots, it looks like Animal Resort is going to offer a complex simulation experience around the time of the 3DS launch. We'll have to wait for Marvelous to share more on the game.

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