Animal Crossing: New Horizons is sure to be a wonderfully relaxing experience on Nintendo Switch, but it can be easy to feel a little lost - especially if you're new to the series.
It seems help is at hand, though, as this new official companion guide looks set to teach you everything you need to know to have the best island life. Pre-orders for this 432-page paperback beast have gone live in both the UK (GAME) and the US (Amazon). Grab one below if you're interested (you can see a full description of the book below, too):
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Here's that description we promised (you'll notice that it confirms the existence of a Museum - a much-loved series feature that wasn't confirmed until now):
Sit back and relax.
Your one-stop guide to a perfect island vacation is right here!
Animal Crossing: New Horizons takes you to a deserted island and lets you craft it into your own personal paradise inhabited by a unique, character-filled community. This premium book is both the perfect guide for getting the most out of island life, and the ultimate reference for anyone who insists on having it all.
We'll get you settled in on your new island home as quickly as possible. Our useful primers will get you oriented and informed on everything a new resident needs to know.
Create Your Paradise
The sea's the limit when it comes to customizing your island - you just need the right tools and a little guidance ( and maybe a bit of insider information for playing the stalk market). You'll find all of this here, and more: every tool and app is explained and our tips for design and money making are not to be missed!
Discover and Explore
Museum lovers will be in for a treat - as long as you're willing to be the one providing the exhibits! It's a hands-on approach to preservation, and every budding naturalist or palaeontologist needs a solid reference book to consult. You won't find a single specimen that's not covered here.
Shop Till You Drop
Your island wouldn't be much of a paradise without decent shopping facilities. Luckily, Timmy and Tommy's retail experience brings a wealth of desirable goods for purchase. Every last option for the fashionista or interior decorator is lavishly catalogued.
Want to see some of the hottest island destinations that have already found their feet, built a community and began attracting high-volume tourism? We've discovered some true gems and arranged photo shoots that are sure to provide plenty of inspiration for building the island of your dreams.
Fans of Animal Crossing will be delighted with the high-quality bookmarks we've included - one side features beautiful character artwork, and the other is filled with useful info. We've also created an online calendar for keeping track of events on the island and making sure you never miss a resident's birthday!
We're sure you're already more than aware, but remember that we're being treated to an Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct tomorrow. You'll be able to watch the whole thing live right here at Nintendo Life, so make sure to check back with us for the show.
Liking the look of this book? Are you buying one? Resisting this is going to be tough!
Future Press. That's cool. Cover design is brutal to look at though.
I'm glad these guides still exist in the era of online wikis etc. I know they are out of date by the time they are printed but I will always be a sucker for physical over online.
That being said a guide would pretty much ruin the main element of Animal Crossing - the joy of finding something new and unexpected.
Here for the complaints
Problem these days is that they become incomplete once DLC is released.
We could almost buy our own ship for that!
@gcunit "But who's gonna fly it, kid? You?!" "You bet! I'm not such a bad pilot myself. We don't have to sit here, and listen to this..." (Old Ben motions for Luke to settle down, & sit down.)
Nice one, on your part!
Do these books include a check list for all the items to collect?
I loved doing that back in the GC days!!
@Emperor-Palpsy I mean, how many of these guides were complete back then? They'd always be based on pre-release builds and be missing things or mention things that don't exist.
Hurray! Blathers is my avatar as Nintendo doesn't have a Wario one for some reason...
I know the museum feature hasn't been announced yet, but did you really think that it wasn't going to exist? C'mon guys...
Cute... but it comes out like 3 weeks after the game so I’m gonna pass.
@DAHstroy I think you have a point on some level that yes, maybe we should assume the feature would be back.
But on the other hand, this is Nintendo we are talking about. They are notorious for scrapping features and mechanics in order to try new ones out. So I think with that in mind, it's worth mentioning and confirming for those who like the museum features
What about Europe? I can't find it anywhere.
It's nice that these exist, but I will probably just stick to the wiki if I really need to look something up.
@DAHstroy With the Dexit, as well as the maps that didn't make the cut in Smash Ultimate, really, you can't blame anyone for being afraid of the museum's removal, because Nintendo is becoming notorious for removing stuff in new releases.
@msvt - GC AC was the best AC and the guidebook was a masterpiece.
I think at this point people were getting scared that the museum was going to be paid DLC 😉.
@Emperor-Palpsy but its not like animal crossing is known for pumping out dlc, so this guide should be good for a while.
Yesss!!!!!! Totally agree. I recently restarted GC AC with a printed checklist from the internet (gamefaqs, i think). Such a different game, it is a total joy!!
Is this book the same thing as that checklist guidebook though?
@msvt - It sounds like it may have a checklist component according to the retail description: "the ultimate reference for anyone who insists on having it all". So, maybe.
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