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Best way to plan your island layout in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Published: 4/May/2020 22:24

by Meg Bethany Koepp


Deciding how you want your island layout in Animal Crossing: New Horizons can be a stressful business, but it doesn’t have to be – there’s a useful tool that will help you plan it all out.

One of the biggest and best features in New Horizons is being able to design your town exactly how you want it to be, all thanks to the terraforming tool that allows players to completely manipulate cliffs and rivers for the first time. It can be a daunting task, though, especially if you’re new to the series and aren’t familiar with customization.


Luckily, there’s a tool for you that will make the whole process 10 times easier, and means you won’t be designing and then demolishing your work over and over again to try and make the perfect layout. Introducing: the Island Planner app – AKA the answer to all your prayers.

Animal Crossing island planner

Developers Rob Fichman and Carmela Diaz are the brains behind the genius idea, and have created a 3D application that lets you create your town layout without actually being in the game itself. The tool starts off with a blank canvas of grass that you can build upon using an array of options like building cliffs, carving out rivers, and setting paths.


You can even put the buildings where you’d like them to be, such as the museum and Nook’s Cranny, and can manipulate rivers and cliffs to make waterfalls and multiple levels.

If you’re finding it difficult to place objects, you can enable a square grid to help, and there are several camera angles and zoom levels to give you a better view of how it’s all coming together.

The tool is really easy to use, and will be a big help if you’re stumped on how to design your town.

After you’ve made your layout, you can even save it to your computer for easy reference later when it comes to replicating it in your real town.


The tool can still be of great use to players who don’t need much inspiration designing their island. Carving out rivers and cliffs can be a pain to master, especially with all of the diagonals, so you could just use it for practice.

Currently, elements like rocks, trees, bushes, and fencing aren’t available, but the developers are working on it – so stay tuned to the app’s page for updates.

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Everybody’s town layout is unique.

If you’d like more terraforming inspiration, check out our handy guide where we show you some of the best ideas out there for transforming your island.


To see the best towns that are already finished, head to our best layouts list to see some crazy works of art.

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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


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.

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.

YouTube: Great-Bit Arcade
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.

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