It took a few years longer than some fans may have hoped, but an Animal Crossing game is finally coming to Nintendo Switch.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons takes the relaxing and eccentric gameplay players love and moves it to a deserted island for a dream vacation. Tom Nook is organizing your getaway package, so you’ll probably want to start stocking up on Bells. You’ll also have plenty of time to build your dream home on your Nintendo Switch and meet new friends during your stay. Here’s everything we know about Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Own a slice of paradise
As usual, Tom Nook’s proposal for your vacation in
A Nintendo Direct presentation from February 2020 also revealed that players will be able to choose from several different island configurations. They feature different paths and options, and players can also decide whether to live in the northern or southern hemisphere regardless of their actual location. Once the island is chosen, players can still use the NookPhone to change up topography as they see fit, including adding or removing cliffs and rivers. Bridges and slopes are buildable, too, to make it easier to get across the island.
That customization also extends to the gameplay options. The camera can be adjusted to a top-down angle similar to the first game on GameCube, which could be more enjoyable to those playing on the Switch Lite or with their system in handheld mode. The NookPhone is customizable, too, so everyone can express themselves with their own case designs.
Put your feet up
The deserted island is yours to decorate and customize as you see fit, and you can create your dream home on the property. If you want to put furniture outside, that is also an option, as no city ordinance can stop you. Of course, as this vacation package is Tom Nook’s idea, you can expect him to come knocking before too long and demand you repay any loans you’ve taken out. However, you’ll also get rewarded with Nook Miles for milestones you complete in the game, which can be spent on items and activities.
According to an interview with the development team at E3 2019, the decision to set the game on the island was rooted in offering players a new experience — one in which they don’t start at a preexisting village.
The crafting system has been significantly expanded in
To get new DIY
There are customization options for furniture, too. The color can be changed, and special designs are available to add extra flair. These can be combined, such as with a bed, so the bedding is one design and the frame’s color is changed separately.
The four seasons
The clock plays a big role in
The wildlife you find will vary depending on the season. If you fish in the winter, you could end up finding many different varieties than you did during the warmer seasons. In the summer, more bugs will be encountered, and cicadas can be heard making loud noise in the February 2020 Nintendo Direct presentation.
Because Nintendo wants players to avoid rewinding or otherwise changing time,
One of the apps you’ll spot on your mobile phone inside New Horizons is called “Call an Islander.” Using this app, you can choose to play with another person in local cooperative mode. Those who also have a house on the island — the game has one island per Switch system, so you will share — are eligible to join.
You only need one Joy-Con controller per player, so two people can enjoy the game together without any other equipment. Up to eight players can share an island, and up to four can play together at the same time. Any player can be made the “leader” in a party, which is denoted by a flag over their head. This player will be in control of where you and the camera are moving while you play together.
There will also be local wireless and online multiplayer options. When playing this way, up to eight players can gather on one player’s island and complete activities together. To invite someone else from a separate island, players must go to the airport. It opens up the day after arriving on the island, and it’s also available for traveling to someone else’s island, and for sending messages via the postal service.
Once players have earned enough Nook Miles, they can purchase Nook Miles Tickets to travel to separate islands and collect rewards. These will differ each time, and are effectively “mysteries” until arriving. Anything found can be taken home, including materials and animals.
But keep save data safe
After launch, players will be able to transfer their save data to a second system via a special service. This will only be possible in the case of a defective or lost system, and it can only be done once. If problems happen a second time, that data will be gone forever.
A gorgeous new Nintendo Switch
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