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Animal Crossing: New Horizons release date, Switch special edition, more

Published: 7/Feb/2020 20:20 Updated: 28/Mar/2020 17:53

by Meg Bethany Koepp

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After almost seven years of waiting, Animal Crossing fans are finally being treated to another mainline entry in the series – New Horizons on the Nintendo Switch.

The last core Animal Crossing title was New Leaf which came out on the 3DS in the West in 2013. Since then, spinoffs such as Happy Home Designer and the mobile game Pocket Camp have been released, but nothing for the main series has surfaced – until now.

In September 2018, Nintendo confirmed a new entry to the life simulation franchise was on the way in a Direct, and later revealed it was called New Horizons in June 2019. Taking place on a desert island, it’s gearing up to be the perfect way to relax after a long day by catching fish and bugs, planting flowers and trees, talking to villagers, and more.

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Everyone’s ready to leap into New Horizons.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons release date

When first announced in 2018, the company promised a 2019 drop for the game, though later delayed it until 2020. A reveal trailer at E3 announced that New Horizons had been rescheduled for a March 20 release.

Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser cited wanting to avoid “crunch” as being a reason for the postponement, and explained how balance was important.

“One of our key tenets is that we bring smiles to people’s faces, and we talk about that all the time. It’s our vision. Or our mission, I should say. For us, that applies to our own employees. We need to make sure that our employees have good work-life balance,” he told IGN.

Limited edition New Horizons Switch console

Nintendo is notorious for creating special, limited designs for its consoles, and they’ve been doing it forever. Older fans of the gaming giant will remember the Pikachu N64, and more recent players will recognize the Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3DS edition, just as an example.

In January, an Animal Crossing edition Switch was announced, and caused fans to go wild. Its Joy-Con controllers are pastel green, blue, and white, and the charging dock features raccoons Tom, Tommy, and Timmy Nook on a small island surrounded by the ocean.

The console retails for $299.99 in the USA and releases on March 13 without the game, whereas in the UK it’s £329.99 and comes out on March 20 with a download code for New Horizons. A themed case is also on the way.

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The new console has a color scheme that fits the game’s themes perfectly.

Animal Crossing amiibo support

Amiibo has been a huge part of the Animal Crossing series ever since Happy Home Designer came out on the 3DS and New Leaf received its “Welcome amiibo” update in 2016 which allowed figures and cards to be scanned in.

New Horizons has been confirmed to also have support for the peripherals, and in the February 20 Nintendo Direct, fans were given a closer look at what they do. In NL, players could use them to bring certain villagers to their town or to receive exclusive items and clothing and it follows a similar format, though, characters can be brought in to do photoshoots called Photopia in NH.

Support for the mobile app Pocket Camp isn’t included, though there will be “collaboration items” between the two, with NH getting items from PC and vice versa.

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New Horizons will have amiibo support, but it’s not clear how yet.

Despite not being released for another month at the time of writing, the game is available to preload digitally onto Nintendo Switch consoles through the eShop, though obviously it can’t be played until release day.

It’s a 6.2GB file size download, so players will need to make sure they’ve got enough space on their system or on their MicroSD card in order to start their island life without delay on March 20.

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The Simpsons intro gets epic recreation in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Published: 8/Aug/2020 1:00 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 14:22

by Brent Koepp

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An Animal Crossing YouTuber went viral after re-creating The Simpsons’ iconic intro in New Horizons. The player’s incredible mashup is one of the best things you’ll see today.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons took the world by storm after making its debut in March. The latest release in the long-running franchise introduced new features such as the ability to shape your village however you see fit using terraforming.

The new mechanic has sparked the imaginations of millions of users on social media, and one creator went viral after using the tool to bring The Simpsons to the social-simulation title. Their re-imagination of the classic cartoon’s intro is the perfect crossover.

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YouTube: Great-Bit Arcade
A talented creator made The Simpsons intro in Animal Crossing.

The Simpsons re-imagined in Animal Crossing

The Simpsons made its debut in 1989, and has gone on to become a juggernaut in pop culture over the last three decades. In 2020, the animation is in its 31st season. To celebrate, a player re-created the show’s intro in New Horizons.

Gaming YouTuber ‘Great-Bit Arcade‘ uploaded their mind blowing creation to their channel on July 29, and quickly went viral. The video carefully re-creates the animation’s iconic intro, which follows the Simpson family throughout their town of Springfield.

The fan creatively used assets from Animal Crossing to create the town’s nuclear plant, before hilariously cutting to their character writing on a chalk board in school while wearing Bart Simpson’s signature outfit.

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Maggie and Marge Simpson are re-created in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Great-Bit’s video meticulously recreates every scene, from Maggie and Marge driving to Lisa playing her saxophone in school. The YouTuber even created a couch gag with the Simpson family walking in to find Tom Nook and Isabelle taking up all the space on their sofa.

Animal Crossing’s latest release has been a major success for Nintendo. In a quarterly report posted in August, it was revealed the social simulation title has sold over 22.4 million units – making it the second highest-selling game on the console.

New Horizons’ terraforming tool has encouraged players from around the world to share their creations on social media. Fans have reimagined things from Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away to Avatar: The Last Airbender using the game’s new feature.