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Main Street (also called the Mall or Shopping District) is an area of the Town in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It replaces the City, a place in Animal Crossing: City Folk the Player had to travel to in order to visit unique shops and buildings.
It can be found in the upper-most area of the Town, in front of the Happy Home Showcase and north of the Train Station, across the tracks. The game loads the area when the player has walked up the stairs, similar to when entering a building, briefly showing a loading screen.
It is divided into two, with the Happy Home Showcase in the middle. It offers a variety of different stores and can be upgraded through the Mayoral duties in the Town Hall. To the south is the Village, where the Player and the Villagers live in their houses.
When the Player first begins the game, there are only a small amount of stores to begin with. These buildings include Nookling Junction, the Museum and the Able Sisters store, which are to the right (or "West") of the Happy Home Showcase. To the left (or "East"), are the Post Office and Nook's Homes.
The Player has a limited choice of items to buy from the store. It sells two Tools, two items of Furniture, one Wallpaper and Carpet, one item of Stationary, one Wrapping Paper and one Fortune Cookie.
Labelle runs the Accessories Store in the same building, which can be accessed through the door on the right of the building when outside, or by going through from Mabel and Sable's room.
Nook's Homes is a new building in the Animal Crossing series. It is run by Tom Nook, who assists the player in customizing their house with new exterior features or by expanding it. Lyle also works here, and is in charge of the Happy Room Academy, a duty he previosly held in Animal Crossing: City Folk.
The Player can choose from a variety of different external features to customize their home, which was limited in previous instalments. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the player has the option to customize the following:
- Exterior Walls
The Museum serves mostly the same purpose as in previous games. It is the only building on Main Street that can be found in one of two locations, which is chosen at random by the game. It can be located on either the right or left of the main row of buildings.
The Player can initially donate fish. bugs, paintings and fossils, which will be put on display throughout the museum in exhibition halls. The aquarium is significantly larger and split into two rooms for salt water and fresh water fish.
However, unlike in previous games, the Player can also upgrade the museum to have a second floor with 4 exhibition rooms, which will display whatever the player chooses, such as furniture.
Happy Home ShowcaseEdit
The purpose of the Showcase is to allow the player to visit the homes of other players they may have encountered using the Nintendo 3DS StreetPass feature. These are homes the player may not have visited, but belong to other players who have StreetPass enabled on their system. It is a way for Animal Crossing players to share their homes anonymously with other 3DS consoles with Animal Crossing installed.
Over the course of the game, the Player can unlock more stores by either buying them through the Mayor responsibilities or they will appear over time when the player has fulfilled certain conditions.
Nookling Store UpgradesEdit
Run by Kicks
Run by Leif
Owned by Dr. Shrunk
Name to be officially announced.
The Mall also features the photo booth, in which the player can take photos of themselves to use for their ID card.
- First, when you play Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the museum will already be built on either the left side, or the right side of the mall.