How To Time Travel in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Published on June 14th, 2013 by Gervais D.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf takes advantage of the Nintendo 3DS clock for day and night functionality. Even without an Action Replay, it is possible to time travel in the game. Previous Animal Crossing titles for the Nintendo DS might have taken advantage of the same clock system to decide when it’s day or night, however, time traveling isn’t anything new.

What are the benefits of time traveling in Animal Crossing

If you plant a fruit in the ground (seed – but let’s not get technical), you can time travel to see it grow into a tree. You can change dates and discover new characters who move to your town. You can also reduce the waiting time for certain events. I think you understand now.

How To Time Travel in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Read the instructions below to learn how to time travel in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Change your time from 10 AM to 10 PM and the next time you load the game on your 3DS to play, morning will be replaced with night.

  1. Turn on the Nintendo 3DS and launch Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
  2. Load the mayor’s profile and Isabelle should talk to you.
  3. Instead of selecting ‘Yes, let’s’, choose ‘I need help first’.
  4. Select the option to set the time.

Some gamers consider this as cheating because you’re basically going around the game’s rules. Other gamers prefer to play the game without time travelling (like myself) for the best gaming experience. The choice is up to you.


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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.