わさびの新聞#8

Week of 3/17 – 3/23

Mayor Neko Funds Town Hall Remodel

After over a week of fundraising, Mayor Neko finally saved up enough bells to pay for the remodel of the Town Hall.  She opted for the traditional Japanese style, since this is a Japanese town in a Japanese game.  In fact, all future public works that have the option to be in a Japanese theme will be chosen for Wasabi.  Regardless, the townies are all ecstatic to see the new architecture, and many of them came out to the inauguration of the newest Public Work.

PUBLIC WORKS UPDATE

Once the Town Hall remodel was completed, it was back to business for Mayor Neko.  She opted to start construction on a smaller project, this time a Japanese-style Town Clock will be built later this week.  Check the next issue of the Wasabi News for more info.  In addition, lots of strange, new options in the Public Works menu have popped up.  Any ideas as to what these things are should be fowarded to the editors of the Wasabi News.

NEW CAMPUS DLC AVAILABLE

Once again, another weekly installment of the Campus DLC Series has arrived via a letter from Nintendo.  The newest DLC is the matching Campus DLC flooring.  Different from the simple lined wallpaper, the flooring is a collage of the Campus brand notebooks.  It looks pretty cool.  Mayor Neko proudly displayed the latest DLC in her still-under-construction DLC Room.

MUSEUM UPDATE

Another stroke of luck for the Wasabi Museum!  Mayor Neko recently donated yet another legitimate artwork to the Museum this week.  This profile portrait looked very familiar to her, so she scooped it up from Crazy Redd and hoped for the best.  Blathers was impressed and promptly displayed the newest exhibit.  The Wasabi News reports that the Museum is still waiting to discover that last Dinosaur Egg fossil.  Any donations are welcome!

FINALLY, A STREETPASS!

There has been some recent action in the StreetPass Plaza of Wasabi.  On 3/23, Mayor Neko discovered not one, but TWO new people hanging out in the Plaza, waiting to move in.  The Mayor was, of course, elated and welcomed them both with open arms.  Or maybe she was TOO friendly…?  After greeting the two new boys and touring their well decorated homes, she ordered a few items from their Catalogs for herself.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

  • 3/31/13 – Bunny Day
    • Special Guest:  The Easter Bunny
    • Spend the day hunting for eggs!  Eggs can be found in the ground, floating in balloons, hiding in trees, even in the river!  Rumors claim that you can even go diving and find Easter Eggs during this holiday.
    • Inside each egg is a special foil which can be used to trade in for the limited edition Egg Series.
  • 4/1/13 – April Fool’s Day
    • Special Guest:  Blanca
    • Be careful – the villagers are set to play pranks on you!
  • 5/5/13 – Boy’s Day
    • Meet Shizue at the Town Plaza for a special item!
    • Photo Board and Paper Hats for all!

 

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わさびの新聞#7

Week of 3/10 – 3/16

Public Service Announcement:

Mayor Neko is a Horrible Barista

The Wasabi Cafe has been a hot spot for citizens, socialites, and town workers alike.  Since the day it opened, business has been booming for the Cafe.  Mayor Neko has been a daily patron at the Cafe, and Brewster wanted to reward the Mayor for her support by allowing her to work as a part-time barista.  Unfortunately for the town, this has resulted in disastrous coffee concoctions.  Due to the fact that Mayor Neko does not speak the town’s native Japanese language fluently, she is unable to understand each customer’s specific coffee orders.  Only 1 customer out of the 8-10 that Mayor Neko has served has walked away happy with their beverage.  Not for lack of trying, of course.  Former Mayor Tortimer was quoted as saying, “[Mayor Neko] has unmatched enthusiasm… but the coffee she served was the most horrific cup o’ joe I’ve ever tasted.”  The Wasabi News continues to support Mayor Neko’s efforts, but merely wants to warn all fans of the Wasabi Cafe to lower their expectations if they come in to buy coffee on a day that Mayor Neko is working.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

On 3/12, Mayor Neko was contacted by Mayor Yumi of Kasen in regards to a petition that needed signing.  Mayor Neko immediately opened the gates to Wasabi so that Mayor Yumi could take care of her town’s official business.  Mayor Yumi made quick work of her task, and got the signatures needed in record time.  When asked what the petition was for, Mayor Yumi informed Mayor Neko that the Wasabi townies had signed a pledge to “Love Fiercely” (or something along those lines).  The petition had been created by none other than the creepy Nelson of Kasen.  The Wasabi News has warned all of the townies who signed up on this petition to please use caution.  Shizue is currently checking federal watch lists to make sure Nelson hasn’t been involved in any… incidents prior to this petition, as he is known to make suggestive comments to young females in Kasen.

PUBLIC WORKS UPDATE

At the time of publication, the latest Public Works project to redesign the face of the Town Hall was still in the funding stages.  Mayor Neko had informed the Wasabi News that at the time of print, only ฿40,000 was needed and that she expected the project to be completed early next week.  As soon as more information is available, we will add the details to our next issue.  Check back next week to see the finished Town Hall face-lift!

WASABI WELCOMES NEW RESIDENT

A new resident has recently started up a new life in Wasabi.  This new, human resident is named ドラえもん, or Doraemon.  He is named after the famous animated cat from Japan, and he too has an affinity for hooded sweatshirts with big pockets.  Mayor Neko says that Doraemon is her distant cousin and he is looking for a fresh start.  Doraemon is a little shy and hasn’t made a huge impact on Wasabi yet, but the Wasabi News expects big things from him in the near future!

MUSEUM UPDATE: NEW ARTWORK

One of Doraemon’s first contributions to the improvement of Wasabi was to inspect Crazy Redd’s artwork for the week.  Not being any more of an expert on the subject of Art History than Mayor Neko, Doraemon did his best to pick the one piece of art that was not a forgery.  The good news is that with two human residents, now both Mayor Neko and Doraemon can both purchase artwork, giving the Wasabi Museum a better chance at obtaining new legitimate paintings and statues.  The even better news is that there is a new painting in the Wasabi Museum, donated by Mayor Neko.

NEW CAMPUS DLC AVAILABLE

On 3/14, another item from the Campus DLC series was delivered via a message from Nintendo.  The latest decor item in the Campus series is the Campus Wallpaper.  The wallpaper looks like lined, college-ruled notebook paper.  Mayor Neko stated, “It’s a little bland to look at, but it certainly matches the theme of the Campus series.  I’m working on setting up a DLC room in my house, but it’s not ready yet.  Sorry for the mess in this photo!”  Since it is hard to tell, the wallpaper in the accompanying photo is in fact the DLC college-ruled wallpaper.

PERFECT TOWN STATUS UPDATE

At the time of publication, the village of Wasabi has continued to maintain the Perfect Town Status.  Mayor Neko has been checking daily with Shizue to ensure this; however, the Mayor believes she might have forgotten to check one day this week.  This means that the tally of dates in a row to check for Perfect Town Status might have been interrupted, and it might take a little longer to receive the bonus prize than was initially stated.  Doraemon is now checking the Perfect Town Status as well, in hopes that he too will receive the prize.  Only time will tell if their hard work pays off!  Some of the townies have noticed that Mayor Neko has been secretly collecting all the Jacob’s Ladder flowers that have been popping up, and she is reportedly hoarding them at the Mayor’s Estate, despite her vow to not work on improvements to her estate until she works on 3 Public Works for the town.  King was quoted saying, “As long as she’s only taking flowers for her estate, it’s not such a big deal.  After all, my house is surrounded by an insurmountable number of posies and hybrids, why shouldn’t the Mayor’s house be the same?”  Another anonymous townie overheard King’s quote and muttered, “I heard the Mayor has a gold rose on her estate now, too.  Figures that the royal villagers in town would defend the Mayor on a topic like this…”

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

  • 3/31/13 – Bunny Day
    • Special Guest:  The Easter Bunny
    • Spend the day hunting for eggs!  Eggs can be found in the ground, floating in balloons, hiding in trees, even in the river!  Rumors claim that you can even go diving and find Easter Eggs during this holiday.
    • Inside each egg is a special foil which can be used to trade in for the limited edition Egg Series.
  • 4/1/13 – April Fool’s Day
    • Special Guest:  Blanca
    • Be careful – the villagers are set to play pranks on you!

わさびの新聞#5

Week of 2/24 – 3/2

Wasabi Cafe Grand Opening!

Everyone in Wasabi is celebrating the construction of a new building – the Wasabi Cafe!  As promised, Mayor Neko set in motion the funding and construction plans for this new coffeeshop on as soon as the Windmill was completed (see the Public Works section below for more details!) and in less than a week, on 3/1, the doors were open!  Brewster is the owner and main barista at the Wasabi Cafe, and rumors are going around that if you can get on Brewster’s good side, you can get a part-time job working there!  The whole town is very excited about the Wasabi Cafe, as it is sure to attract visitors from all over.  In fact, when Mayor Neko visited the Cafe for her inaugural cup o’ joe, she noticed Kapp’n was already seated inside.  Guess he needed a quick break from all that ferrying back and forth from Wasabi to the Resort Island…

PUBLIC WORKS UPDATES

It has been a busy week for Mayor Neko and the Town Hall.  Two construction projects were completed, and one more has gone into the planning stages.

2/24 – Windmill Completed!

An earth-friendly Windmill has been constructed in Wasabi to bring in some renewable fuel sources.  On a windy day you can hear the “whoosh” of the Windmill from pretty far away!  The townies are all very excited for this new Public Work, especially Teddy, since the Windmill was built right near his house.  Mayor Neko is also quite pleased, she can see the Windmill from her house – it’s right across the river!

3/1 – Cafe is Now Open!

Read our headline story for all the details!  Construction and funding began on 2/25 and only 4 days later, the Cafe was fully funded and constructed.  Mayor Neko attributes the fast turnaround to the “helpful donations of the residents of Wasabi, as well as the Resort Island for having an abundance of rare beetles to sell.”  Thank you to everyone who contributed to this Public Work project!  Blathers, the curator of the Wasabi Museum, was especially pleased to see the coffeeshop, as he and Brewster are old friends.

3/1 – Funding for the Mayor’s Fountain Has Begun

Any Wasabi resident would agree that one of the main attractions of their town is the Mayor’s Estate.  Located in a private nook by the beach, Mayor Neko’s large two story mansion is surrounded by Delicious Cherry Trees and guarded by hedges.  In an effort to make the Mayor’s Estate even more beautiful, Mayor Neko opted to decorate the outside of her house in the Cabana Style.  In addition, Mayor Neko has set up funding for what is being dubbed as the Mayor’s Fountain.  The Mayor’s Fountain is going to be situated right next to the Mayor’s house, overlooking the waterfall and beach area.  The Wasabi News is excited to see the finished product!  Fundraising has already begun, and at the time of printing, the Mayor’s Fountain only needs ฿80,000 to reach completion.  If you’d like to donate, please visit the Gyroid next to Mayor Neko’s house.

SPRING HAS SPRUNG!

Much to everyone’s surprise, spring came early this year in Wasabi!  On 2/25, the snow officially melted away, revealing lush green grass underneath.  While almost everyone is very excited for the new fish and bugs of springtime, only one wasn’t happy about the arrival of spring… the poor Snowman.  😦  For the information of our readers, the Wasabi News would like to remind anyone playing AC:NL that if you have a Snow Daddy, he will not play Snowman Bingo with you once the seasons change.  Be aware!

A NEW PETITION

Occasionally, one of the townies will come up with a brilliant idea for something or other, for which they will want a petition signed.  When this happens, it is up to the Mayor to visit another town to collect signatures.  (That’s right – you cannot simply ask your own townies to sign a petition!  They are obviously biased.)  So when Kitt approached Mayor Neko on 2/26 to have a petition signed, Mayor Neko took it upon herself to visit the neighboring Kasen Village to get the necessary 6 signatures – and also check out the Meteor Shower while she was there!  The Kasen townies were more than happy to oblige, and Mayor Neko’s task was completed easily, leaving plenty of time for her and Mayor Yumi to take some adorable photos.

When you see a shooting star, don’t forget to make a wish!

Double Meteors!

Yumi is wondering why Neko is blushing at creepy Nelson…

Soo… can anyone tell us what the Petition was for, anyway?

NEW CAMPUS DLC AVAILABLE

The latest installment of the Campus DLC series was distributed on 2/27 via a Letter from Nintendo.  This week’s special furniture is the Eraser Bench.  Like the Campus Notebook Closet, this Eraser Bench can be redesigned in a variety of colors, and costs an exorbitant amount of money to buy from the Catalog Machine in the Nook Shops.

NOOKMART STORE EXPANSION

After a quick reconstruction on 2/27, the Nookmart has expanded once again!  This time, the Nookmart is even bigger, and now the Flower Shop next door has a side entrance incorporated directly into the Nookmart!  In addition, there are now 5 furniture items available for sale per day, 2 carpets and 2 wallpapers per day, as well as a new item – K.K. Slider albums!  The Flower Shop has also expanded their inventory, now offering shrubbery on a daily basis.

A MAYOR ABROAD

Being the Mayor of a thriving village is no easy task.  Mayor Neko spends countless hours fundraising for Public Works, checking the Stalk Market for decent prices (the Wasabi Stalk Market maxed out at ฿153 this week, not too great but at least no money was lost), and of course making connections with Mayors from other towns.  This week, Mayor Neko made three trips abroad!  As described earlier in the Wasabi News, Mayor Neko visited Kasen Village on 2/26.  In addition to this, she visited Mayor Zen and Mayor Aya.

Mayor Zen – Zui Village – 3/1

Zui Village has the astounding Department Store!

Visiting with Gracie in the Department Store, and dropping a pretty penny on some fabulous fashions!

A beautiful fountain and plaza in Zui Village

Mayor Aya – Shakure Village – 3/2

It was raining in Shakure – thankfully both Mayors had umbrellas!

A delicious meal was set up on the table in Mayor Aya’s house!

A Japanese themed room in Mayor Aya’s house looks like it is prepared to celebrate Girl’s Day on 3/3!

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

  • 3/3/13 – Girl’s Day
    • Meet Shizue at the Town Plaza for a special item!
    • Dainty cakes will be served!  Yummy!
  • 3/31/13 – Bunny Day
    • Special Guest:  The Easter Bunny
    • Spend the day hunting for eggs!  Eggs can be found in the ground, floating in balloons, hiding in trees, even in the river!  Rumors claim that you can even go diving and find Easter Eggs during this holiday.
    • Inside each egg is a special foil which can be used to trade in for the limited edition Egg Series.
  • 4/1/13 – April Fool’s Day
    • Special Guest:  Blanca
    • Be careful – the villagers are set to play pranks on you!

わさびの新聞#4

Week of 2/17 – 2/23

New Services at Shampoodle’s!

With the passing of the main holidays of February, things have only calmed down slightly in the village of Wasabi.  Despite the lack of special visitors, Mayor Neko has been working hard to keep Wasabi growing.  This week, the big news in town was that the local salon, Shampoodle’s, located in the Wasabi Strip Mall above the Able Sister’s Shop, has upgraded their services as of 2/18.  Harriet tells the Wasabi News, “I was finally able to get a new styling machine installed this week!  Not only is it much better looking (didn’t you notice the charming red paint and lovely daisy at the top??) but it adds a brand new feature – colored contacts!  Now my patrons can really revamp their look with over 16 hairstyles per gender, 13 hair dye colors, and there are now 9 different eye colors to choose from! Come down to Shampoodle’s and get a fabulous makeover today!”  Mayor Neko was one of the first customers to try out the new color contacts, opting for a subtle light brown eye color.

NEW ART EXHIBIT AT THE WASABI MUSEUM

Crazy Redd was seen in Wasabi on 2/19 touting his black market wares as he normally does.  Mayor Neko inspected all the pieces as well as she could, but unfortunately she is not as well versed in art history as she should be, and she neglected to retrieve help from Mayor Yumi.  Unable to determine which artwork was not forged, she purchased a large winged statue on a whim.  Unfortunately, the statue was rejected by Museum curator Blathers.  Luckily, on 2/22, Mayor Neko ran into King, who sold her a painting while she was walking around town.  After checking the painting with Blathers, it was deemed legitimate and promptly put on display.  Thank you for your help, King!

GOSSIP CORNER!

Blathers Seeks Long Lost Friend

Mayor Neko noticed that Blathers was acting a little strange on 2/18.  He had done this once before, when he was feeling homesick for his little sister.  When he told Mayor Neko, she arranged for the Museum upgrade and had Celeste brought in from out of town.  Now it seems that Blathers is still not satisfied (after all, there aren’t any other birds besides him and his sister in Wasabi…) and is missing his dearest friend Brewster.  Mayor Neko assured the wise bird that as soon as the ongoing Public Works were completed, she’d send for this Brewster character and find a job for him in Wasabi.

Mayor Neko and Teddy On a Date??

Less than a week after King had sent a special Valentine’s Day letter to Mayor Neko, our beloved Mayor was seen out dancing with another male!  Teddy and Mayor Neko were photographed dancing very close at Club 444 to some DJ K.K. tunes.  Dr. Shrunk was quoted as saying, “I saw them dancing together, yeah.  But I was also getting my groove on with Mayor Neko that night, so I wouldn’t read too much into it!”  King was not available for comment.

NEW DLC DELIVERED

Late in the evening on 2/21, Mayor Neko was surprised to see Pete the Postman waiting outside her door.  He was happily delivering a special letter from Nintendo!  The latest DLC had finally arrived!  This DLC is different from that which can be retrieved at the Post Office.  There is a promotion with what appears to be an office supply store in Japan called Kokuyo, and Nintendo has created a special Campus furniture set that will be released one piece at a time.  For more information on this DLC promotion, click here.  The first Campus DLC item is a Campus Closet, which looks like a pack of notebooks, but can actually be opened and used to access storage!  This Campus Closet can also be redesigned in several colors.

WASABI WINDMILL FUNDED

Thanks to the generous donations of Mayor Neko and the residents of Wasabi, we are proud to announce that the Windmill has been fully funded!  The Wasabi News expects that the Windmill construction will be completed on 2/24.  Look for exclusive photos of the newest Public Work in Wasabi to be posted in the next issue.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

  • 3/3/13 – Girl’s Day
    • Meet Shizue at the Town Plaza for a special item!
    • Dainty cakes will be served!  Yummy!
  • 3/31/13 – Bunny Day
    • Special Guest:  The Easter Bunny
    • Spend the day hunting for eggs!  Eggs can be found in the ground, floating in balloons, hiding in trees, even in the river!  Rumors claim that you can even go diving and find Easter Eggs during this holiday.
    • Inside each egg is a special foil which can be used to trade in for the limited edition Egg Series.
  • 4/1/13 – April Fool’s Day
    • Special Guest:  Blanca
    • Be careful – the villagers are set to play pranks on you!

Best News Ever!

While this news is actually from LAST week, I had to find the time to write a blog about it.  Most of you Glux Blog readers out there I’m sure already have heard the news but let’s make it official…

ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW LEAF IS COMING TO THE USA ON JUNE 9TH!!

OMG YAY!!!!

In case you missed it, here’s the AC:NL segment that was featured in the Nintendo Direct video from 2/14:

You guys have NO idea how excited I am to play this game in English.  While the game is amazing even while playing in Japanese, I can’t wait to understand what my townies are requesting of me, and to be able to write letters that make sense, and to really be able to bond and gossip with Shizue… (ok I made that last one up).  It’s gonna be AWESOME and I can’t wait for all of you to be able to join in the fun with me!  I fully intend to do some big StreetPass Meetup Events, as well as some WIFI Events to share rare tools and goodies with all of you.  When I have all of that worked out, I’ll be sure to let you know!

Now, you might have noticed at the end of this video segment was a tie-in to a 3DS game called Style Savvy: Trendsetters that is already available for purchase.  I’d known about the game for a while, but when I saw that GracieGrace fashions would be added to Style Savvy as DLC, I was intrigued.  Then I saw that BestBuy was having a President’s Day Sale that offered Style Savvy for the reduced price of $19.99.  So of course I had no excuse not to pick it up!

While I’m by no means a “girly girl” I am shocked by how addicted I’ve become to this game.  Maybe it’s the nostalgia, I used to enjoy dressing up paper dolls when I was young.  Maybe it’s the store management aspect; for some reason I enjoy games like Cake Mania where you are in charge of having the right inventory to appease demanding customers.  Or maybe it’s just because this game is awesome!  I’m really enjoying it and I’d highly recommend it to anyone who’s into fashion or store management-style games.  (As a self-proclaimed “fashion spaz” I have to admit I am actually learning a thing or two about how to put an outfit together as well lol!)

Here’s a peek at the GracieGrace DLC pack that was released for Style Savvy this past week.  You get the coveted Gracie pattern dress, a pair of knee-high boots, as well as a hat, sunglasses and a bag.  I hope we get more Animal Crossing related DLC soon!

If anyone has Style Savvy: Trendsetters and wants to visit my online shop, the code is Y10A87E78 and the shop is called Smoochum’s.  🙂

わさびの新聞#3

Week of 2/10 – 2/16

Festivale Comes to Wasabi!

This week in Wasabi started off with a BANG!  The holiday known as Festivale was in full swing on Sunday, 2/3 and it was a big hit with the villagers!  Everyone was dressed up in their best samba outfits, including Mayor Neko!  She worked hard all day to collect almost every single item in the Pavé Series.  (Editor’s Note:  Mayor Neko has requested that if anyone has a spare Pavé Bed, please send a message to the Wasabi Town Hall.  That is the only furniture item that she has not acquired.)  All of the town enjoyed putting aside their daily chores in favor of collecting feathers and dancing the day away!  For more detailed coverage of the Festivale Holiday, please read the Wasabi News: Festivale Edition! Special issue that was released on 2/12.

During the morning of Festivale, Mayor Neko was surprised to see a young student named Maikochan wandering around Wasabi.  At first Mayor Neko thought maybe the small yellow cat was her intern for the day, and let Maikochan follow her around town.  Luckily, Mayor Neko was able to contact Mayor Mikuro of Orantoiro Village, who opened his town gates so that Maikochan could visit his town.  Unfortunately, as Mayor Neko and Maikochan were boarding the train, the little kitty dropped her train pass.  She ran out to pick it up but the train departed without her.  Mayor Neko felt very sorry for Maikochan afterwards.  However, on Monday, Mayor Neko received a letter from Maikochan, which assured the Mayor that she’d found her own way to the next town.  Attached with the letter was a limited edition pink camera, which Mayor Neko is proudly displaying in her home.

WASABI WELCOMES CELESTE!

After the excitement of Festivale had died down, it was back to business in Wasabi.  Mayor Neko made a great effort to complete another Public Works upgrade for the town.  The most recent change made to Wasabi was the expansion of the Wasabi Museum on 2/12.  Thanks to the diligent work of Mayor Neko donating thousands of dollars worth of fossils, fish, insects and works of art, the Museum Curator Blathers authorized a second floor expansion of the Museum, and invited his younger sister Celeste to join him.  Celeste is now running the Gift Shop of the Wasabi Museum, selling rare tools, carpets, wallpapers and more!  Visit the newly expanded Wasabi Museum today!

In addition to the Gift Shop, Mayor Neko funded the expansion of the upstairs of the Wasabi Museum.  Mayor Neko was given access to four new display rooms to show off more limited edition and exclusive items to the visitors of the Museum.  She is not giving away much information at this time, as these rooms are “works in progress” but the Wasabi News was able to get one exclusive photo of one of Mayor Neko’s display rooms while she was setting it up.

CRAZY REDD VISITS TOWN

Thanks to a stroke of luck, the black market art dealer Crazy Redd was in Wasabi Village on 2/13.  He had four different paintings for sale.  Since Mayor Neko is still not up to snuff when it comes to art history, she recruited the help of Mayor Yumi from Kasen Village to help her determine which painting was real and which ones were fake.  The two Mayors inspected all the artwork very carefully, and the legitimate artwork was decided upon and purchased.  The following day, the painting was shipped to Mayor Neko, and she immediately donated it to the Wasabi Museum.  The Museum is quickly filling up, attracting visitors from all around!

LOVE IS IN THE AIR…

On 2/14, Wasabi Village celebrated their first Valentine’s Day.  While this holiday isn’t quite the same “take-over-the-town production” as Festivale, it is still very sentimental to a lot of people.  Sadly for Mayor Neko, she didn’t realize that Valentine’s Day is very private in Wasabi – town villagers will not walk up to you and ask you to be their Valentine.  Nor does your Valentine wait outside your house to deliver chocolates to you, as King Squirt had once described to Mayor Neko in his town of Shaolin.  Mayor Neko wandered the town all day, wondering if anyone loved her enough to be her Valentine.  Since she and King are such great friends, Mayor Neko had hoped to receive a Valentine from him, but she couldn’t find him all day.

It wasn’t until Mayor Neko checked her mailbox that she discovered not one but TWO Valentine letters waiting for her.  The first was a chocolate cake from Shizue, and the second was a letter from none other than the King, and he had attached a pink rose for her.  Mayor Neko was elated when she realized that she did have admirers, they are just a bit more private about it!

Chocolate Cake!

STALK MARKET SURPRISE

It was shaping up to be another dreadful week in the Stalk Market.  Prices were hovering in the ฿80/turnip range for most of the week.  But on 2/15, Mayor Neko checked the morning turnip prices and was shocked!  The turnip price for the morning had sky-rocketed to ฿457/turnip!  Thanks to the low buying price of ฿94/turnip that was paid on Sunday, Mayor Neko was able to make over ฿300K in profits for the week!  Mayor Neko took to Twitter to announce the extremely high selling price, and Mayor Yumi rushed over to sell her turnips before the price changed to the afternoon price, which was considerably lower.

With a huge chunk of cash in her pockets, Mayor Neko was able to pay off her current house loan, which will allow her to now add a back room to her house.  In addition, the Mayor was also generous enough to donate the funds needed to complete the latest Wasabi Public Work – a Police Station!

WASABI WELCOMES POLICE CHIEF COPPER

The residents of Wasabi can now sleep soundly, knowing that their town is being guarded by one of the top police officers in the region!  Newly separated from his long term partner Booker, Police Chief Copper can be found working at the Wasabi Police Station.  His professionalism is unmatched, and Mayor Neko was quoted saying, “We are very happy to have Chief Copper joining us here in Wasabi.  He inspires confidence every time he salutes me, I know we are in good hands with Chief Copper.”  As soon as he was instated, Chief Copper began displaying items for the Lost and Found.  Mayor Neko claimed that everything belonged to her and snatched up every single item.  Chief Copper did not question the ownership of these items… after all, why would the Mayor lie about such things?

Now that the Police Station is completed, Mayor Neko has started raising funds for a new Windmill.  Please see the Gyroid or ask Shizue at Wasabi Town Hall for more details!

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

  • 3/3/13 – Girl’s Day
    • Meet Shizue at the Town Plaza for a special item!
    • Dainty cakes will be served!  Yummy!
  • 3/31/13 – Bunny Day
    • Special Guest:  The Easter Bunny
    • Spend the day hunting for eggs!  Eggs can be found in the ground, floating in balloons, hiding in trees, even in the river!  Rumors claim that you can even go diving and find Easter Eggs during this holiday.
    • Inside each egg is a special foil which can be used to trade in for the limited edition Egg Series.
  • 4/1/13 – April Fool’s Day
    • Special Guest:  Blanca
    • Be careful – the villagers are set to play pranks on you!

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

Derry Photo-Bomb!

Despite all the profits from the Stalk Market this week, Mayor Neko still cannot afford to buy a royal crown.

Hear ye, hear ye!

Valentines ❤

Mayor Neko loves watching the new Cat and Mouse Cartoon Show on her wide screen Kuroi-Robo TV!

“What?? No more holidays until March??”

わさびの新聞 – Festivale Edition

[Spoiler Alert:  This entry contains details regarding the Animal Crossing: New Leaf holiday called “Festivale”]

Wasabi News – Special Edition

Festivale Guide!

On 3/11/13, Wasabi Village celebrated their first “major” holiday called Festivale.  Mayor Neko has deemed Festivale to be a major holiday because it is an event that takes over the entire town, and there is a special furniture series called the Pavé Series which can only be obtained during this time.  A special guest visitor named Pavé the Peacock can be found dancing at the Town Plaza.  All of the villagers are encouraged to dress up for the event as well, and confetti is floating through the air at all times on this day.  For those who want to join in on dressing up, all Festivale themed clothing items are on sale at the Able Sisters Shop.

The main objective of Festivale (other than to dance and have fun, of course!) is to collect the Pavé Series.  This is somewhat similar to the Festivale holiday celebrated in Animal Crossing: City Folk, but there is a new twist.  In ACCF, you had to hoard loads of different colored candy to exchange with Pavé to receive the furniture items.  It was a long process, as it was very difficult to be sure you had enough of each color candy, so you would have to play mini-games with the villagers to get the candy you needed.

Luckily, things have changed in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.  Instead of loading up on candy, you have to collect colored feathers.  And YES, you can also wear the feathers if you so wish!  Again, it’s the same routine where Pavé asks for a certain color feather, and you have to bring him three of that color feather to exchange for an item.  Where do you get these feathers?  Simply look up – the feathers are floating in the air with the confetti!  Colors for the feathers include white, red, blue, green, yellow, pink and purple.  There is also a very rare rainbow feather, which can be used as well.  (We’ll touch back on that later.)

If you are lucky, you catch the colored feathers that you need and exchange three for one furniture item.  However, it’s very rarely that simple.  Thankfully, villagers in town will help you.  If you have a feather in your pocket and you approach a townie, there are a couple of things that could happen.  They could either ask for a trade of one of your feathers for one of theirs, or they can offer to play “Rock, Paper, Scissors”, or some other mini-game involving choosing one of four choices.  (Due to the language barrier, Mayor Neko was unclear on what goes on in that last mini-game.)  Keep in mind – if you win, you can get another feather, but if you lose a mini-game to one of the townies, you lose a feather!

Mayor Neko had a very successful day at Festivale and would like to share her strategy tips with you all:

  • Before I started worrying about talking to my townies, I walked all over town (watering my flowers as usual) and collected as many feathers as I could find.  When my pockets were full, I took all the feathers I’d snatched and dropped them in the Town Plaza by Pavé.  I organized the feathers by color.  Since I knew I would need three of any color to exchange for an item, I left at least three of each color at the Plaza.
  • I talked to Pavé to see which color feather he wanted.  If I already had it gathered up at the Town Plaza, great!  If not, I’d count to see how many more of that color I needed, and then I would gather any spares of any color (leftover feathers after I’d already grouped three together at the Plaza) and start walking the town.
  • With spare feathers in my pockets, I’d approach a villager.  More often than not, I’d get lucky and the townie would simply ask for a trade and would give me the color feather I needed.  However, if they asked to play a mini-game instead, then my feathers are at risk to be lost, so this is why I recommend only using spare feathers when talking to villagers around town.
  • Once I’d received a feather that I needed, I’d stop talking to the townies and run straight back to the Plaza.  I did this to ensure that I would not accidentally talk to a townie and risk losing the color feather that I’d just obtained.  After dropping off my feather at the Plaza, I’d re-count and see if I had enough.  If not, it was back to picking spares and talking to the villagers in hopes of an exchange.
  • It seems to me that this event somewhat takes pity on you – most likely if I needed a pink feather, the townies would say, “Oh you have a green feather – want to trade it for my pink feather?”  Or maybe the townies were just really nice to me.  I can’t be sure.
  • Don’t bother talking to the townies if you have no feathers in your pockets.  (Other than to be social, of course.)  If you don’t have any feathers, the townies will not engage in a mini-game or a trade.
  • If you are out of spares, resume trying to find floating feathers again.  If you don’t seem to see any floating feathers in the air, I recommend checking the beach.  Like snowflakes, feathers tend to gather down at the beach.  I’d usually find at least two feathers down at the beach at any given time.

If you are lucky, you might find a rainbow feather floating around town.  These rare feathers are special!  Not only are they much cooler looking (and they were a very rare and coveted item in previous Animal Crossing titles, so it’s worth it to just hold onto one if you’re the nostalgic type) but Pavé is very much obsessed with them.  If you give a rainbow feather to Pavé, he will make a special announcement…

Oooh pretty rainbow colored text!  (Well, only four colors.  Still cool though.)  Then Pavé does a very special dance during which he throws his head back and spins around.  Here are some photos to give you a small glimpse.

Pavé does not give you anything special for the rainbow feather, just another item from the Pavé Series.  However, you only have to give one single rainbow feather for an item, rather than three.  It’s worth it just to see the dance.

It is unclear if Mayor Neko misread the details on Festivale, because as you can see from these photos, the event was going on well into the night.  Originally it was thought that the Festivale event was only going to be held from 6am – 6pm.  Mayor Neko was seen catching feathers and doing exchanges with Pavé as late as 10:45pm.  Mayor Neko seems to think that the hours were changed because she didn’t approve of the scheduled time, but Shizue has hinted that the reason Festivale lasted so long might have been because the town ordinance is set for late night hours.  Or the original info Mayor Neko had read could have been wrong!  Shizue has promised to do some research and have more information on the time discrepancy by the time Issue #3 of the Wasabi News goes to print.

All in all, Festivale is a very entertaining holiday where townies look ridiculous, everyone is whistling the town tune, and it makes you want to learn to samba.  Mayor Neko would also like to add that Festivale really helped her learn the words for different colors in Japanese – so that’s a bonus!  In addition, any spare items from the Pavé Series can be sold at the Recycling Shop for ฿12,000, which makes it worth it to play all day and collect as many items as possible.

The Wasabi News hopes that this guide was helpful to anyone who might be curious about Festivale!  Please feel free to post any questions in the comments section!  Now, here’s a selection of photos taken during Festivale:

Teddy doing the samba on a bridge!

Kitt is strutting her stuff!

Sandwich dance with Mayor Neko??

 

Quick stop over at Orantoiro!

Agent S wins the award for looking the most ridiculous in her samba shirt and headdress!

Exquisite Lights at Night!

Almost the entire Pave Series (minus the bed) shoved into Mayor Neko’s Ice Room.