Say what you want about Animal Crossing, but my character can carry a shark in her pocket, and that’s pretty hardcore. The charm of Animal Crossing New Leaf is one that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. The cross-generational appeal is not the only part of the game that knocks down barriers. Animal Crossing games appeal to people who are long time gamers with huge collections and also to people who spend far less time holding controllers. The format welcomes those new to games, but is also challenging enough for people who are veteran gamers. How does the game manage to do all that with so little? It focuses on simple joy. Find out more when Gametactics reviewer Celeste Dobropolski reviews Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the 3DS.