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Main Street (商店街 Shōtengai?, Shopping District) (also called the Mall) is an area of the Town in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It replaces the City, a place in Animal Crossing: City Folk, where the Player had to travel to in order to visit unique shops and buildings; Main Street slightly resembles the City and some of the shops are still there.
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.
During the first days the player begins the game, there are only a small number of buildings available. These include Nookling Junction and the Able Sisters store, which are to the right of the Happy Home Showcase. To the left are the Post Office and Nook's Homes. The rooms that are absent is the second floor to the Museum, the Fortune Shop, Dream Suite, Club LOL, Shampoodle, and Kicks.
The Museum's location will always be opposite of the town's ocean, and may vary from town to town. It will always be on the farthest left or right side of Main Street.
Nookling Junction is one of the few stores open at the start of the game. It is owned by Timmy and Tommy, who have taken over the Nook franchise from Tom Nook in previous games. Timmy works on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, and Tommy works on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. It can be upgraded 4 times, during which it will sell a variety of different products and change its appearance throughout the course of the game. It also offers a limited selling service but at a 20% lower price than Re-Tail.
As it expands, its item variety will increase and continue to change daily. After the first expansion, T&T Mart, the store will begin housing a kiosk where players can order items previously pocketed through the shopping catalog.
The Post Office is a returning building in the franchise that was last seen in Animal Crossing. In both Animal Crossing: Wild World and Animal Crossing: City Folk, the Post Office was part of the Town Hall. It is run by sisters named Pelly and Phyllis, with the former working the day shift, and the latter working at night.
The player can use the Post Office to send letters, and they can also save letters received from other villagers when Pete makes his delivery rounds around the town. If SpotPass is activated, players can also receive in-game items from Nintendo promotions. An Automatic Bell Dispenser in the corner of the office allows the player to repay home loans from Tom Nook, as well as manage their bank account.
In the main area of the store, the player can buy clothes as well as obtain, display, and create designs they can use to customize their clothes, furniture, house, and other items. While creating normal designs is free, the player must pay Mabel 500 Bells to access the more complex, PRO designs. Speaking to Mabel will also allow the player to save designs.
Labelle runs the accessories wing, which is accessible from the outside through the right-hand door, or by walking through the hallway from indoors.
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 through renovating it with new exterior features or by expanding it. Lyle also works here, and is now in charge of the renamed Happy Home Academy, a duty he previously held in Animal Crossing: City Folk.
The player can choose from a variety of different external features to customize their home, which has expanded greatly from previous installments. If the player has not chosen to expand their home for the day, they have the option to customize the following:
- Exterior Walls
The Museum serves a similar purpose as in previous game, and it is the only building on Main Street that can be found in one of two locations. It can be located on either the right or left end of the main row of buildings.
It is run by Blathers, to whom the player can donate the fish, bugs, paintings, and fossils, that will be displayed in their appropriate exhibition halls. The aquarium is significantly larger, having been split into three rooms for saltwater, freshwater, and seafood creatures.
Unlike previous games, the museum can be renovated to add a second floor run by Celeste with 4 player-hosted exhibit rooms and a museum shop. The second floor renovation is necessary to prompt Blathers's request to build Brewster's café.
Happy Home Showcase
The Showcase allows the player to visit the homes of other players they have encountered by exchanging data through Nintendo 3DS's StreetPass feature. It is a way for players to share their homes anonymously with other 3DS systems with New Leaf installed. Purchasable items found in homes in the Showcase can be ordered at higher prices by the player.
A photo can be taken for 500 Bells, and the player can use an emotion to pose before taking the picture. The primary function of the photo booth is to allow the player to add or update the photo on their Town Pass Card that is shared with other players. A photo is necessary if a player wishes to travel, or invite people into their town.
Over the course of the game, more stores can be unlocked by either constructing them through Mayoral duties, or they will appear over time when the player has fulfilled certain conditions.
Nookling Store Upgrades
The Nooklings' store starts out as a small shop that can be upgraded into better shops. Each upgrade requires spending a cumulative amount of money within the store, . The upgrades are Nookling Junction, T&T Mart, Super T&T, T.I.Y., and finally T&T Emporium.
Kicks is a new store found in Animal Crossing: New Leaf run by Kicks. It is built next door to the Able Sisters tailor shop when the player has spent 8,000 Bells on items from the Able Sisters store. 10 days must also have passed since the creation of the Town. It takes three days for Kicks to be built. The player can purchase shoes, slippers, and boots, as well as socks, stockings and tights from the store.
The Gardening Store is a new store in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It is run by a sloth called Leif, who also makes his debut in New Leaf. The player can buy flowers, saplings, shrub starts, and tools, such as the watering can and axe. 5 days must have passed since the creation of the town, and the player must have pulled weeds and/or planted flowers 30 times combined before the store will be built.
The Gardening store eventually merges into T.I.Y.; like Labelle's accessory wing, it will have a separate external door, but will eventually only be accessible from inside once T&T Emporium is constructed.
Club LOL, stylized as "Club lol", is a new building which débuts in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and replaces The Roost and The Marquee as the main entertainment venue. Dr. Shrunk runs the business, after retiring from his comedian role.
It serves two purposes. During the day, the player can visit Dr. Shrunk to learn emotions while seeing him perform his shows, but they have to give him a snack.
Shampoodle is a business in the Animal Crossing series that allows the player to change their hair style and color. Harriet the poodle will ask the player a series of questions and, depending on which answers are chosen, they will be given a specific hairstyle and color. Changing hairstyle also removes bedhead.
When the player has visited Harriet enough times, she will allow the player to change their eye color using contacts.
The Fortune Shop is run by Katrina, who initially visits the town by setting up her tent in the town plaza. For 500 Bells, she will tell the player their fortune. Once she has told the player their fortune over 20 times, she will set up a permanent building in Main Street located between the Dream Suite and the photo booth.
The Dream Suite is a new building operated by Luna. It must first be built, which can be achieved by talking to Isabelle when she is first seen sleeping at her desk in the Town Hall. She will make the suggestion shortly afterwards as a Public Works Projects.
Once built, it can be found next to Club LOL. Luna provides the service, by allowing the player to access the towns of other player, or their own.
- If a villager has moved out, they may come back to visit Main Street from time to time.
- Each time the Nooking Store upgrades (starting at Super T&T), the background music for Main Street changes, such as for each upgrade, the tune will sound and relate to a bit of parade/carnival music.