How To Add A Best Friend in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Published on June 22nd, 2013 by Gervais D.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf has a Best Friend system. It’s sort of like a filtered 3DS friend list, where you have the power in choosing who can be your best friends. In order to become someone’s best friend in the game, both players will be required to add each other as best friends. This tutorial explains how to add a best friend in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

How To Add A Best Friend in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Follow the simple steps below to accomplish the task :

  1. Open Animal Crossing: New Leaf on the Nintendo 3DS.
  2. Visit someone’s town or have someone visit your town.
  3. On the 3DS bottom touchscreen, tap on the bottom-left green button.
  4. Select the player’s name who you want to add as a best friend.
  5. Add the person and make sure that the person adds you back.

If the person successfully added you back, a notice should be displayed saying something like the following, “John from Town Name has now been added as a best friend”. Of course, I have just substituted a player’s name and his/her town with “John” and “Town Name”.

What are the benefits of adding a best friend?

What good would this feature be if there were no benefits? Yes, there are benefits to the game’s Best Friend feature. For a start, whenever one of your in-game best friends play the game while connected to Wi-Fi, a notice will be displayed on your screen saying, “John is online”. Of course, I used a random name – John. Substitute it for someone on your 3DS friend list and imagine how cool this feature is.

Wait! It does not stop there. Players can communicate with other players on their friend list who were added as best friends, anytime over Wi-Fi without visiting each other’s towns. That means you can tell “John” to open up his gate to pay him a visit instead of sending him an email or a SwapNote letter.

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About Gervais D.

Gervais laughs at a difficult RPG while it takes its last breath as he conquers it. He's been gaming since the NES and loves to relax at the beach.