Free Animal Crossing New Leaf for a friend in EU

Nintendo Europe promotion allows New Leaf owners to gift digital copies

Animal Crossing New Leaf owners in the UK and the rest of Europe can gift a free copy of the game to a fellow 3DS owner, Nintendo has announced.

The deal works by one person registering their game and 3DS, then nominating a recipient, then the recipient receiving a free additional digital copy of the game when they registering their 3DS system.


The Welcome a Friend Promotion kicked off on Wednesday and expires on October 7, though friends must be nominated by end of play September 7. Nintendo of America has not discussed the promotion, suggesting it is exclusive to Europe.

The steps for gifting New Leaf follows:

  • New Leaf owner must fill out a registration survey by September 7 at the Club Nintendo website. This will tie the account holder with Club Nintendo (if not tied already).
  • The owner must then request a Recommendation Code, which can be given to any European resident who has a 3DS.
  • The recipient must register their 3DS at Club Nintendo by October 7, who can then request a New Leaf download code in exchange for the Recommendation Code.

Each participant of the promotion has to be a resident of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Austria, France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland, South Africa, or Russia.

The deal was unveiled online by Nintendo of Europe president Satoru Shibata, who was speaking on Wednesday at the European edition of Nintendo Direct stream.

This is the second time Nintendo has promoted a free 3DS game in Europe. In June, the company revealed the same "recommend to a friend" promotion with the 3DS version of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate.

Meanwhile, Nintendo revealed that "Animal Crossing Plaza" - an online Wii U community for fans of New Leaf - is available now for download on the home console across the US and Europe.