Animal Crossing Plaza for Wii U

Nintendo has elected to open up a Miiverse community on the Wii U specifically for Animal Crossing: New Leaf. They say it comes as an effort to celebrate the game's success, but I suspect they're hoping it's a benefit that might push users to buying a Wii U.

The community will feature its own plaza, much like the Warawara Plaza that players know from the Wii U's startup screen. It's called Animal Crossing Plaza. Players will be able to post their screenshots, see what other players are up to and explore QR codes. The whole thing seems like it will really boost the Animal Crossing: New Leaf global community.

Here's how Nintendo describes the application in a press release that just hit our inbox.

A new application on Wii U for Animal Crossing fans is now available for download for free in the Nintendo eShop. The service will run through the end of 2014, and allows Animal Crossing fans from around the world to meet, interact and exchange information through the Animal Crossing Miiverse community. Players can import images they took in Animal Crossing: New Leaf for Nintendo 3DS, custom design QR Code patterns via their SD cards and organize them in albums. Players also can post messages to Miiverse with those images. The QR Code patterns posted can also be directly scanned and used in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Players can select their favorite animal in the Animal Crossing Plaza to post about those specific animals or view posts only about them. If players want to see more posts, they can jump directly to the Animal Crossing series Miiverse community from Animal Crossing Plaza.

Whatever the case, it's an interesting idea. Let's see if it gains some traction when users flood the space.

Animal Crossing Plaza will be offered up until the end of 2014. You can download it starting, well, right now.