A new Nintendo Switch update has finally added Animal Crossing profile icons, as well as a new option allowing players to remap their button layout.
New Horizons is definitely one of the hottest games so far in 2020, and Nintendo seems to know when they’ve got a hit on their hands.
In another step towards letting Animal Crossing fans customize their Switch like they would their house, Nintendo has added several new Nintendo avatars featuring characters from the game.
The new avatars feature the OG Tom Nook, his sons Timmy and Tommy, the immortal Isabelle, the dedicated pilot Wilbur, CJ the beaver fish vendor, and Flick, the red rock lizard who’s also a bug connoisseur.
Tom Nook and his kin are approaching Legend of Zelda territory with the number of player icons they have available, but Animal Crossing has definitely proven to be one of Nintendo’s flagship franchises, so they probably deserve a little recognition.
There was another update worth noting in the patch, and it’s one that’s a big quality of life upgrade for anyone who owns a Switch, including Animal Crossing fans – the option to remap buttons.
Controller button remap options from Nintendo Switch FW 10.0.0 pic.twitter.com/kmpBNkH749
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Controller remapping basically allows players to switch around the button functions however they see fit, and not just in certain games, but for the entire system interface.
Drastically changing your layout might not be a good idea for those who just picked the system up, but fans who know the Switch controls by heart will definitely be able to use this to their advantage.
For example, if you need to produce mass amounts of fishing bait, you might think about switching A and one of the trigger buttons, to reduce the strain on your fingers from confirming that yes, you do want to continue crafting.
How much of an impact a button change would have on your crafting output remains to be seen, but at this point, players will probably try anything they can to simplify the process.