I cannot emphasize enough how cute this game is. Cute, but it gets boring after a while. We played with a few friends and quickly got bored. This game could have been really fun, but Nintendo missed the mark. So I say pass on buying this amiibo cash grab new. Get it used and if you can find the amiibo, they’re well enough made that I didn’t mind having them all.
This is not Animal Crossing like you know it. It's a mix up between Mario party & AC.
The game consists of a "game board", which is trails through your town. Each day you roll the dice and move a certain number of space, until you play through a whole month (which you can pick). Some of the months like December, have little events that happen on the holidays.
There are NO minigames between rounds. This is where it's different from Mario party. However, there is a mini game menu that is separate within the game. You can purchase animal crossing trading cards and scan them on the Wii u. You then can use these characters to play the minigames. They all have different abilities so going out and getting additional cards beyond the ones provided in the game do have its benefits.
Was I disappointed it wasn't truly animal crossing? Sure. Is it still a fun game? I think so. I personally play the minigames when I'm playing solo more than the board game.
My biggest complaint though, and probably my only, is that there isn't much to do after you'd unlocked everything, added all the buildings you can fit onto your game board, and leveled up all of your amiibos. It gets pretty stale and there's no further advancement or replay value except as a party game with friends or family. If you're looking for something with more of a replay value, Mario Party may be better suited for you. I'm honestly hoping that there is DLC later for this game, or Nintendo pulls SOMETHING out of the woodwork to add to this game later via patching.