Nintendo President - "Ok this game has to get them hooked from the first moment. We need them to be staring at the screen an never wanting to look away. Tell me how you're going to do that."
Animal Crossing Designer - "Get this. Your character starts out on a bus to a new town and your treated to a sweet up the skirt shot. That always gets my attention."
Nintendo President - "WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH YOU? What if they make a boy character?"
A.C.D - "Same thing. Trust me! Nothing gets your attention more then a guy in a skirt. I mean, it works for guys in kilts."
Nintendo President - "This is madness..... I LOVE IT! Make it happen. Oh and make the introductory animal super creepy. Like, 'a clown asking you to smell a cloth', creepy. That should get them addicted to our game."
And thus Animal Crossing New Leaf was born. Minus a few changes to get it a E rating.
You don't want to even know what the original design conversation for Happy Homes was.