Animal Crossing is one of those Nintendo series, like Pokemon, that progresses glacially. If anything is a little different from a previous game, it's a big deal -- and, frankly, puts us on edge a little. Just because we're really used to spending a lot of time in there.

For the new 3DS edition, Nintendo went in and taught the lil' avatars to swim. You can now go into the water! And even more earth-shattering(ly adorable), you can hang out on a bench with your animal neighbors. Check out what's new in town with our gallery, and with the video after the break. Ah, don't ever change (too much at once), Animal Crossing.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.