How to restart your Animal Crossing: New Horizons island

Meg Bethany Koepp
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Are you feeling overwhelmed by Animal Crossing’s new content after a hiatus? Resetting your island may be a good move. This guide shows you how to restart your game in New Horizons.

The November 5, 2021, update for New Horizons added many new elements, including Brewster’s cafe. For returning players, this could be a chance to reset and experience the new additions.

If you’re one of the players who hasn’t played in months, jumping back into all these new changes could feel like you’re in over your head. Resetting and starting anew is an option if you want to play from the beginning – here’s how to restart your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

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How to reset your Animal Crossing: New Horizons save file

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Onto new adventures!

Restarting your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is easy. But first, make sure it’s a decision that you’ve put a lot of thought into – once it’s gone, there’s no bringing it back! If you have a friend with the game, you can even trade your belongings to them first so you can get them back in your new town.

To reset your save file, follow these steps:

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  1. Press the Home button on your Nintendo Switch
  2. Go to System Settings
  3. Scroll down to Data Management and then click on Delete Save Data
  4. Find your save data and erase it

And there you have it! All you need to know on how to reset your Animal Crossing save file and start a new island.

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