Well, the Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct has been broadcast and while it served as a broad introduction to the island life you'll be enjoying when the game launches on 20th March, it also detailed many new pieces of information, too.
Handily, Nintendo has summarised the main points for us and you can check them out below. Take a look at some of the new things you'll be able to do should you decide to purchase Nook's Island Getaway Package in Animal Crossing: New Horizons...
Features new to the series
Life on the Island: Nook Inc. confidently recommends a trip to a remote deserted island. And that’s not just because it’s the only company that offers this type of package! On the island, life is as peaceful and relaxing as it gets. Since the island is deserted, you can create your new life from the very beginning – just like a pioneer! Time flows as naturally as in the real world, including seasons and day and night cycles that mirror real time.
DIY: By collecting specific materials around the island, you can craft a wide variety of things, including tools and furniture. DIY workshops teach you how to enrich your life by crafting DIY recipes. As you become more familiar with DIY, you can even learn special skills like changing the color of your DIY furniture or decorating them with custom designs.
NookPhone: Nook Inc. will provide some basic necessities and services, including your very own NookPhone. It has standard apps, like a camera and map, but over time, new applications will be added to support your island needs. The camera can be used to take in-game photos all over the island – you can even add fancy filters like all the cool kids are doing!
Nook Miles: For players looking for more concrete goals, and to help offer guidance and inspiration on the island, you can take advantage of the Nook Mileage program. As you fulfill certain challenges and experiences, you will earn miles to pay off the cost of the getaway package or, eventually, to exchange for in-game rewards. Rewards range from in-game Nook Inc. merchandise and helpful items that can enrich your time on the island, to tickets that you can use to visit distant islands.
Island Tours: These “mystery island tours” are at the whim of the pilot, so you never know where you will end up! Once on these smaller islands, feel free to gather as many items as you want – like DIY materials and creatures – and take them back with you to your island.
Party Play: With the Nook Inc. Deserted Island Getaway package, up to eight people can live on one island.* In Party Play, you can call up to three other players to explore the island at the same time. Whoever calls the others will be the Leader, making the others the Followers. It’s easy to change out the Leader, letting others quickly take charge. Any creatures or items found by Followers will be stored in a recycle box at the Resident Services building!
Land Development: While you can cross rivers on your island by pole-vaulting and climb elevated land using ladders, you can also change the landscape by adding bridges and slopes. Once your island is fully decked out, you’ll receive a permit to freely pave your own paths, as well as perform major construction like changing the paths of rivers or building and demolishing cliffs. With your own maintenance and construction permits, you can flex your creative muscles on the land itself, not just the stuff on it.
NookLink: Yes, Tom Nook likes to put his name on everything. But when it’s a Nook product or service, you know you are getting something that’s high quality. With NookLink, which is part of the Nintendo Switch Online app, you can scan a Custom Design QR Code pattern from previous games Animal Crossing: New Leaf or Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer with your real-life smartphone and then download them to Animal Crossing: New Horizons. When connected online, you can talk with friends who also have the Animal Crossing: New Horizons game with the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app using your smartphone as a keyboard or for voice chat. NookLink will launch in March, soon after the selected departure included in your Deserted Island Getaway Package.
The official PR also gives more detailed information on previously revealed aspects of the game:
A detailed breakdown of the Getaway Package experience
Choose Your Island: Before boarding your flight to the island, you will choose the island from a range of options. Choosing to live in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere, for example, will affect the timing of the seasons, so select the location that suits you best. When the seasons change on the island, so do the activities. For Northern Hemisphere residents, spring will just be starting when the game launches on March 20, so expect blooming cherry blossoms to show up soon!
Orientation: After landing on the island, you will receive a helpful orientation session from the Nook Inc. staff. At this time, you’ll be provided with the tent that’s included with your getaway package. You can chat with other island residents about where you want to set up your new home, and help them choose their home locations as well.
Resident Services: The Resident Services facility is available to support your daily needs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They provide you with services such as the sale of everyday goods, the purchase of unwanted items and helpful advice.
Become a Home Owner: The tent provided to you by Nook Inc. is great, but have you considered a house? Home loans have no deadlines, interest or assessment, and you can pay your loan back at your own pace. A house offers much more space than a tent and also includes storage space for any extra furniture and baggage. Once you own a home, you can channel your inner interior designer, setting up the walls, flooring and furniture however you like. You can also use extension and remodeling services to expand and customize your home even more.
Customization Deluxe: Animal Crossing: New Horizons offers more customization options than ever before, from personalizing the look of your character all the way down to skin tone, hairstyle and clothing, to placing buildings and items wherever you want on the island. You can even decorate the inside and outside of your home! Turn that island into a MY land!
Airport: This is the first place you will land on the island. (It is an airport, after all.) It’s also available to use 24 hours a day, beginning on the day after your arrival. At the airport, you can invite residents of other islands to your own island via the internet or local wireless. You can also travel and visit other islands yourself! Up to eight people can play on a given island at one time**, so feel free to get a good group together and make some fantastic memories.
Island-wide Broadcasts: At the start of each day, Mr. Nook, CEO of Nook Inc., will make a broadcast to all residents, updating them with the latest on important island events and advice about how to best enjoy island living.
Features and updates to further your island enjoyment
New Residents: When you first land on the island you will only have a few animal residents living there with you. But as you develop your island from the ground up, more neighbors will visit and choose to move in. You can even invite some of the new residents to live there yourself! There’s nothing better than a welcoming neighbor.
Free Updates: Free updates will be added after the game launches, with seasonal events continually added throughout the year. The first free update will be on launch day, March 20. By installing this update, you can celebrate Bunny Day with a special event in April. If you own both Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp for mobile devices and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you’ll receive special items in each game. Details will be announced at a later date on the official Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Twitter account.
Additional Facilities: As you grow your island, more facilities will be built. This includes a museum showcasing the rich ecosystem of the island, a shop full of ready-made furniture and goods you can’t craft yourself, a tailor offering clothing and fashion items, and a campsite where you can invite guests for recreational purposes.
Tourists & Events: Your island will not only be home to new residents, but also tourists as well! These temporary visitors are always welcome and can offer up items that cannot be crafted on the island. Visitors can also participate in fun events like Fishing Tourneys and Bug-Offs, which will pop up throughout the year. Through free updates to Animal Crossing: New Horizons, new special events and seasonal guests will be introduced.
amiibo Support: Animal Crossing: New Horizons supports amiibo figures and amiibo cards from the Animal Crossing series. You can also invite these familiar faces to Photopia, an island that exists in the game, where you can place models in creative photo shoots.
Twitter Takeover: Keep an eye out for social media savvy Tom Nook, who is rumored to take over the @AnimalCrossing Twitter account right after today’s video presentation.
Let us know below your thoughts on today's Animal Crossing Direct and what you're most looking forward to from the list of features detailed above. Not long to wait now!
It mostly felt like a whole lot of nothing important but that was to be expected. Just saying "it's Animal Crossing on the Switch" tells you pretty much all you need to know if you've ever played a game in the series before. Looks great though (as expected) and I can't wait to play it in a month.
So does anyone think there will be paid DLC?
I was secretly hoping for some deeper New Leaf connectivity. Buy other than that, I was pleasantly pleased with the Direct and features. Didn't think I could be hyped any more for this game. March 20th can't get here fast enough
@MrMetroid I would be surprised. Definitely not any time soon but probably never.
@BenAV What about the fact that you can now change / modify the terrain (landscape). Now you can finally get your island to look the way that you want it to.
Looks great and everything and it’s the perfect game to buy digital but I just can’t help feeling a bit underwhelmed by it.
@BenAV I cannot disagree more. How can you not see it's a substantial upgrade from earlier entries? All the extra customization options remove all reasons to reset the island, because you can change everything to your own wants.
It's way more than "just Animal Crossing on the Switch".
@BenAV is 100% customizable everything including terrain and rivers nothing? This is by far the biggest leap of any game in the series.
Happy about being able to transfer my old designs in! I made a cool suspenders outfit and also my town flag was Samus. It’s happening!
And again they advertise the new Horizons Switch model yet I can not even pre-order this thing after weeks of trying in the US.
How can a pre-order for an item that is not even released even go "out of stock"??
@MrMetroid there’s in game purchases so I think that will be there is some form
@MrMetroid Paid DLC is fine. Adding a bunch of content for a fair price is good business practice for supporting your game post launch. Microtransactions are what I fear will be rampant, in your face, dissolving the illusion you're not just in another money making gacha program
@BenAV I hope not dude. I feel like Animal crossing should not have DLC and should just be supported with regular small updates like they did for a while with Splatoon 2.
If they absolutely have to have DLC, I'd rather they just make something non-essential like a pack of cosmetic items.
After watching that direct, Doom Eternal is going to have to wait.
Caved and bought for £36.99 digital! Looking forward to it
Wow, this direct really convinced me to buy the game! I haven't played an Animal Crossing game since the GameCube, but I am quite hyped to pick this new one up! It looks like Nintendo is going all out with the content of this game. If anything it helps with the somewhat slow start of the year.
The series finally has the awesome graphical upgrade it always deserved, the museum in particular looked great, plus all the features we have got used to are there, plus a few extra things thrown in for good measure, the way you can craft the landscape looks really good.
I am not fussed about cloud saves for the main game, but I am glad there is an option for recovering your data if your Switch breaks.
@Nintendzoey @krvstkvlt @Crockin Of course there are some nice changes and improvements, as you'd expect from a new entry. Not trying to imply that it's exactly the same as past entries or anything, just that you more or less know what to expect from the series. It felt like maybe five minutes worth of info stretched into 25 minutes. Good for those unfamiliar with the series though.
Yea but 60fps?
Dang. I was hoping for the ability to buy bells with real life money, or maybe suprise mechanics for special Nintendo items.
Why would that matter all that much, this is hardly a first person shooter.
My thoughts too, this is a lot more of a revolution than some are suggesting.
So where's the Change.org petition for them to add cloud saving?
The game looks absolutely amazing. So many new additions and enhancements, even the little things like UI improvements make a big difference. March 20th is going to be an incredible day!
Never played Animal Crossing game. So instead of watching many YouTube videos could someone here explain to me in points what are you doing in the game You build a town in which animal-humans live? Is it completely peaceful game? Are there some dark tones like in Pokémon?
The lack of customization in terms of your town, where you could put items, etc. was my one issue with New Leaf, and this addresses that issue pretty fully. Items can go anywhere. You can remodel your town to your liking. Landscaping(!). You can choose the spots where your neighbor's houses will pop up. You can apparently move buildings.
Also, nice QoL stuff like on the fly costume switching with that magic rod item, easier item selection, being able to vault over streams, what looks to be easier furniture arrangement in your house, a cellphone that organizes functions for you to easily access, etc.
It's really everything I could want from an Animal Crossing game... apart from the ridiculous issue with cloud saving. But that's hardly an issue limited to this game.
Really looking forward to getting ACNH, love the idea we can now landscape the island. Not that I am wishing my life away but come on 20/03/20
@johnvboy it’s like the difference between Atari and Snes. Anyone disappointed in this is either coming to grips with being over animal crossing, have ridiculous standards, or accidentally watched something else
I didn't see the Direct, but from everything I'm hearing, it sounds great. I'm still disappointed that every Switch can only have 1 island, but this is not totally, but somewhat made up for, by allowing the island terrain to be tweaked. Now, I'd like to know the level of tweaking you can do to the terrain.
Guess I have to wait for a normal Direct...if they're ever going to do one. This is the longest I've waited. Hoping they're planning some big news
@BenAV I think you may have accidentally watched the original trailer. The direct from today is located here at nintendo life and should be up on YouTube as well
@KingBowser it will be after animal crossing comes out
Never played a real AC game before - we own amiibo Festival and I've dabbled in Boot Camp - so I can't compare it to any of the previous games in the series, but I have played a few endless time wasters, Viva Piñata and a couple of mobile games - and this to me looks like "Time Waster: Ultimate". And that's the biggest compliment I can pay it.
When it first started it really looked like a free-to-start mobile game to me and I couldn't imagine why anybody would pay $60 for it, but as the video wore on - and I watched it uninterrupted b/c I tried 3 different web browsers and the comments wouldn't work on any of them - the game did start to get appealing.
If I were in that room at the end of Soylent Green waiting to be euthanized I'd ask for this game, and ask them to fi nish me off when I was done playing, in a year or 2 or 3. Just hook me up to an IV and catheter.
Seems like it has a lot: to offer:
backward game compatibility
off and online multiplayer
customization out the wazoo
One thing I think the game should have, amiibo Festival board game should be part of it, and that island survival game, maybe a little racetrack island or mountain where you could build and race your own soapbox derby. Something to PLAY w/ your friends and win bells. A mini-game collection if you will.
But I'll give them credit, for a game full of nothing it's pretty full of nuthin. It's the Seinfeld of time wasting games.
So is the holidays being updates to prevent time traveling or something? I'm a little confused there.
So true, but for some the look of the game will not be for them, I just love the idea of developing your home/town.
@Zuljaras It's a chill social simulator that you will want to play every day. The game follows your real world clock, with weather cycling, day and night cycles that match the world around you. Wake up, water your flowers, collect bugs, fruit, and fish to help pay off your loans. Create orchards and set up various establishments that'll provide various services on the island. Dig up fossils to put in your museum. When your (often quirky, sometimes abrasive) animal neighbors roll around, they'll integrate into daily life there. You'll go visit them, give them gifts on their birthdays, pick their brains when you're wandering around town, exchange items and advice. There will be seasonal events throughout the year, contests, etc.
It's a weird series insofar as it's extremely engaging when you play it, but, describing it makes it sound mind-numbingly boring.
@Zuljaras Basically, Animal Crossing is a sim(simulation) game. Obviously, like most sim games, fantasy elements added in.
The animal villagers are not humans with animal traits. Instead, they are bipedal (2-legged), talking, walking, socializing animals. They move into your village, and they also leave. How the Player interacts with them, can also determine whether they stay, or not.
AC operates in real-time. As Ralizah already explained, there are multiple things to do year-round in this relaxing sim game.
AC started life on the Nintendo 64, as Animal Forest. NoA (Nintendo of America) localized the game for America, adding in things that were relevant to Americans, also adding in e-Reader (a Gameboy Advance peripheral) support. Nintendo was impressed with the localization, and re-released the game in Japan as Animal Forest Plus.
@Zuljaras What @Ralizah said, way better than I could. I think of it as a JRPG w/ the main story removed, you're just dropped in a world full of side quests and nothing going on. Like Minecraft in creative mode w/ all bad guys removed.
I think it's an addiction filler for people who don't wanna watch TV or do drugs, they just wanna relax and chill. B/c something has to be on the other end of the video-game spectrum from Darksouls.
But really what you see is what you get, no dark mysteries or plot twists.
@Ralizah I get it. It is like a very complex Tamagochi.
This is cool, just wish the events were preloaded onto the game like the rest of the animal crossing games.
@Zuljaras Something like that, but yeah, you get the idea.
The low-key best feature in New Horizons is being able to pick where neighbors' houses go. Gone are the days where I'd have to harass a neighbor into leaving after it parked its house RIGHT in front of mine.
@Yorumi If I was going to waste my life on this game rather than watching Netflix, my addiction of choice these days, it would only be to fill up that aquarium with fish. But I need a little more than that..Like a big island that's just a mountain and it changes w/ the seasons, we could build our own bobsled in the winter and cardboard box car in the summer and just go "wheeeee" down the mountain with 3 other riders next to us. I'm all about the minigame.
Only recover saves ones? I've had to get my Wii repaired twice.
And no transfer to a new Switch? Sorry, if I have to choose between paying AC and being able to upgrade to a "Switch Pro" or some other updated model, I'm skipping AC.
The rest of you can enjoy spending 2 years investing in a town only to lose it all. Not my idea of fun.
So....what is the actual aim of the game here? I can't help but feel Stardew Valley has done all of this...
game looks and feels amazing. terraforming is a dream in a nintendo game. Also, can't wait for new KK songs
@bigboss313 stardew is an AMAZING game but it flirts with hardcore gaming as the time in-game is not tied to real life time. Animal Crossing is much more related to living instead of being strong/wealthy. Stardew is somewhat lonely at most times since 99% of the time the npcs are doing the same thing and talking pretty much the same dialogues. Animal Crossing on the other hand brings so much life to npcs that you actually feel like turning the system on just to see what your favorite ones have to say.
As someone who isnt a huge Animal Crossing fan, I was very impressed with what was shown. The level of customization is incredible.
Ah for god sake, just give us a full Direct instead of these
Not an Animal Crossing person at all but I know my kids will love this game! Seems to be quite an upgrade from previous games from what I can gather. Going to have to buy 2 copies but I'm sure it'll be worth it for them!
Still hungry for a general Direct but this was definitely a very solid showing. I loved almost everything they showed off here.
It looks good but I'll give this one a pass. Animal Crossing is a game that eats up all other gaming time and I have a big enough backlog as it is.
I hope they bring back the Amiibo villagers though. In New Leaf you can scan the Zelda Amiibos and have Medlii, Epona, Wolf Link and Pig Ganon move into your town!
Ok Nintendo, I'm sold. Not sure if I'll get this at launch but I'm totally getting this.
The museum looked amazing, the bit with the shark tank looked very cool, it's clear the team have made good use of the Switch hardware, while at the same time retaining the look and feel of the previous games.
@Crockin there are IAP in this?
One of my final wishes is in regards to loading times. Previous games have such a process to boot up and save and close - so I hope it's far more streamlined and quicker.
It all sounds like work. Exhausting 😂🤷♂️
Gotta say this appeals to me a lot more than the Animal Crossings of old - tempted to give it a go sometime, but probably when it's on sale.
@rjejr you could say that about literally any genre of game
I played New Leaf to death so I’m not sure I need to do it all again. However, QR code’s are in and I have some Amiibo and cards...but they’re in New Leaf already...I’m not keen on playing Pocket Camp to unlock items either...decisions, decisions 🤔
Wishing we got more info on the post office functionality inside the airport. I'd like to know if we can send post cards and gifts to our friends through Nintendo Switch Online without first having to travel to their island or if we have to travel to their island before we can send the letter (like we had to do in New Leaf). They weren't that clear with explaining that. All they said was we could send letters to "residents" so does that mean just those living on our own Island? I hope not, I really want an fully functioning in-game postal office where I can send a postcard and/or present to anybody on my Friend List from MY post office and they they receive it through the internet the next time they boot up the game.
@Crockin are you able to tell me what kind of IAP kind sir?
Not sure I am gonna get this now that we know this game will have so many bugs in it.
@OuTee nope. It’s on the esrb rating, nobody knows yet. Hotly debated topic for a few weeks now
Played new leaf about a week ago all I did was chat to the residents, then it’s like collect some items to then sell to get ten thousand bells . I did that and then I felt like I had seen the whole game. It just seemed to be about collecting then selling, and doing that was just not satisfying so I gave up. I like the cutesy graphics and the idea of the game, but in the same amount of time I played and completed Yoshi island and had an absolute blast x x x x glad they people enjoy ac but not for me x x
Not for me. But I tried. Tried to give this a shot. Glad for people who enjoy this though.
Looking forward to this. I’m very torn between physical and digital. Heart says physical, mind says digital. Or maybe the other way round. I also thought it has just too much stuff going on, but I suppose figuring it out will be fun.
The game looks gorgeous though. So much detail and polish.
its so nice to see that all of the features (or most of them) i ever wanted to see in an animal crossing game are here. does anyone have a master list of all of the buildings that will be appearing in town? the list of places so far are great, but we need to know more.
also, i noticed that tom nook offers rescue service for if your character gets lost. does this mean that you will no longer have a town map? i understand about nook never giving you one, but does your character create a town map on their own that evolves on its own?
@Mgene15 animal crossing in general?
@Crockin yeah In general. I Never played any of the previous games.
Because image doubling caused by 30fps content hurts my eyes. The image smoothness provided by 60fps is more important to me, it’s not a question of response time.
Nice to see an announcement, release or Direct from Nintendo remain relatively uncontroversial, I feel like it's been since LM3 came out when it last happened.
Not to say we shouldn't criticize Nintendo when they do something wrong, but it's just nice to see.
I like the way you can craft the island itself, and make pathways etc, a real game changer imho, plus all the attention to detail has been well worth the delay.
Fair enough, do we know the frame rate or resolution as yet?.
Did they confirm how many Villagers you could have on an Island? It didn't seem like many, which worries me...
The new features and additions are so awesome. Between features like land development, crafting and placing where new villagers houses go, they really fixed and improved what was lacking in New Leaf(as amazing that game was).
Very true, this game was one of my main Nintendo IP's that I hoped would get released on the Switch, I loved New Leaf but could not take the visuals, almost hoped it could have been made for the Vita, sure the game was amazing considering the hardware but still, as soon as the Switch was released it seemed a perfect fit and was bound to come out at some point, but I could not have imagined how good this would have turned out.
I think they stated at first it would have a very deserted Island feel to it, but then said they did want to make the community a thriving one, so I am guessing it will be very similar to the previous games in this respect.
This is gonna be the greatest game of all tjme. Thank you Nintendo, yall are the best by a thousand miles.
Whoa boy, I am so excited for this one. AC had gotten a bit stale, but still had the love for it.
Island setting. Amazing
Way more stuff to do.
No IAP. Awesome.
Love the sense of adventure and exploration.
I literally live for and dream about camping and fort-building and island hopping. This game seems so perfect.
@raviadso well check again, Because I don’t think you got the memo. Lol and none of that matters until the game is actually out. I foresee no class action lawsuit unless Saul Goodman is involved. Not sticking up for micro transactions, but they are already in Nintendo games like smash, and not to mention amiibo are microtransactions in physical form.
Shout-out to Isabelle on working on paperwork and other ish while on vacation — too real. Somebody bust out the Vacation Juice for those of us who have the lousy job of adulting!
@raviadso lol, just gonna plop these here for you my boy
OK, I'm sold! Day 1.
Wow! I was happy about being able to put the hammock and grill outdoors. This looks amazing!
If you don't get this type of game, that's fine. For those of us who love it, we may explode by March 20.
The direct was great! All we have to do now is wait...
@Crockin Say what? Addiction? Time waster? Needs more minigames? No story?
I'll admit there are a lot of "simulators" out there - tractors, trains, amusement parks - but AC really pushes the "no stress, nothing to do" to the limits. Even Minecraft has an endpoint if you wanna fight the dragon, or that guy, there's an ending somewhere, and stressed inducing night mobs. Minigame collections have stress to win. Tetris 99 is a HUGE addiction as far as I can tell, that's all stress.
Sure, you can say all games are time wasters, but there's usually some other stated goal or purpose - save the princess, get the highest score, win the race, have your amusement park be profitable, survive - AC is really all about the relaxation of doing nothing of importance. And yes, there are other games like AC, Viva Pinata was similar, but not all games.
@rjejr no I mean you can say any game is like an rpg minus fill in the blank. Also your take on why people would enjoy a game like animal crossing vs an rpg sucks
@Crockin Ah, good point about the JRPG minus something. I suppose that's true. If you take away any part of the JRPG, but I specifically said "the story".
"I think of it as a JRPG w/ the main story removed"
And you still wouldn't have a first person shooter if you took out the story, so sorry not sorry.
@rjejr you don’t understand but that is fine. I believe you have an rpg to play, Doom. Its basically an rpg minus the party and it’s first person and instead of stat points gained, you get money for upgrades so it’s actually really the same thing
Not a huge AC fan, but this seems cool to me.
@Crockin I'll accept Doom as an rpg, same as Fallout, GTA, Red Dead. It's why the J in JRPG means something and I always make sure to include the J. Most gamers know what I mean when they see the J and it isn't any of those western rpg. Which is also why the adjective "western" gets a lot of use when describing rpg b/c people know what that means as well.
I'd never describe AC as an rpg minus the story, b/c your correct, it isn't Doom. Or Skyrim or Uncharted or TLoU. Western rpg covers a lot of ground, so I'd never use it to describe another game. Might as well just say "AC is a game". Which I believe was your original point. My point is, a JRPG isn't an rpg. It's not a typo that I always capitalize JRPG and never capitalize rpg. Makes it easier to tell them apart in case people miss the J.
this is going to be the best game on the Switch forever!
@UmbreonsPapa If it makes you feel better, you can connect you're New Leaf QR Codes to This new one via the mobile app... If you have Nintendo Switch Online.
@rjejr whatever you are saying, it is going so far over my head that you are about to hit a satellite
The bummer for me is that long after this game releases we may not be able to play it and get the seasonal events. It sounds like these events will require Nintendo online service for the switch to be active.
I would love it if you could send letters and items to other users through the Nintendo Switch online app, like the people on your best friend list or something. It can be hard for me to schedule actual play time with the people I would play online with but it would sure be nice if you could just keep your eyes out for items that your friends want and then mail it to them through the post office if you find it. That would be one thing I would really wish to add, assuming I didn't miss this feature being announced or something.
@Crockin That's what Animal Crossing needs. A satellite from space crashes on the island carrying a space amoeba that turns visitors into zombies and you have to fight off the horde while you create a cure out of bugs and fish.🐠🐛🐟
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Zero Dawn 😂
Your physical carts are going to be worthless since the holidays aren’t even going to be on there lol
Town Hall? Tom Nook is the mayor now?!
Are this games any good? I only played the mobile version and didn’t liked...
I want to like Animal Crossing, I wouldn't mind playing a game involving designing/decorating stuff, but everything in Animal Crossing is just soooooo mundane, and this game seems to be no different. The things you design and decorate are just so dull and a lot of it just feels like every day chores or something. I'd rather see something a little more exciting and exotic. The island getaway theme isn't a bad idea, but my idea of an island getaway would involve building hotels, boardwalks, restaurants, water parks, etc. Why can't we have stuff like that in an Animal Crossing game?
@TYRANACLES the Nintendo Switch Online will only be needed if you plan to play online and use the features from NookLink on the mobile app Nintendo Switch Online is not needed for free updates like the holiday events
@rjejr Your opinion is highly entertaining, I’d say almost comedic. People enjoy AC , I agree it’s hyper simple but sometimes that’s what people want/need.
Life on the island is nooks version of White Island tours?
I am more excited about this game after the direct to be fair. I’m glad at least save transfers were mentioned. Nothing about the in game purchases that have been brought up. I can’t say I’m super excited about changing the island but I suppose I don’t have to. I would like to know more about local coop- this leader/follower thing. Are the followers literally stuck following the leader (ie can they move independently) ? Are the followers able to do anything? I thought this could be neat to play with a kid but not if there’s no autonomy for the following player.
@Ralizah Ok you forgot to tell me that there is a creepy set in New Leaf. And you could basically make a horror town or a graveyard.
This is a game changer for me
@Reigestugatensho Yeah, I noticed that. Its why I said I was hoping for something a little deeper than QR code scanning for patterns. I was thinking more along the lines of somehow, possibly through your Nintendo Account, your New Leaf save data being recognized and your previous town referenced in New Horizons every now and then. Or possibly even moving your villager and it's history to your NH island. Or even with the idea of using Amiibos, scanning someone that lives in your New Leaf town to an Amiibo and then transferring them to your island on the Switch where they make reference to their previous residence. Something along those lines where your time on New Leaf isn't completely forgotten.
@UmbreonsPapa Yeah that would be pretty cool! But I feel that would require a long tedious process like the Pokemon Bank to Home thing.
@Reigestugatensho Probably. I think it's just me feeling a bit bittersweet about moving on, lol. I usually move on from games after awhile. But New Leaf was different and became a real big part of my life and has never really stopped.
@Zuljaras Never paid it any mind. It's not really a game I want to creepify.
You a big horror buff?
@Ralizah I really like creepy stuff in games.
Even in Pokémon I love the eerie stuff like Lavender Town and the other cemeteries.
And in Animal Crossing you can put skeletons and stuff together with other stuff to make some creepy things. I love that kind of stuff.
Now I might add Animal Crossing to my list of future purchase as I am not a big fan of kids games etc. but if they have such a twist it is an option for me Some relaxing stuff.
@Bolt_Strike I think it’s just not your kind of experience. The beauty of animal crossing and lots of other sims is that you are in control of your own little world, and designing and collecting are very methodical, addictive, and satisfying. AC is the ultimate video game expression of that type of decompression, and adding any kind of stakes would completely derail the core experience.
I am excited for this, I watched the direct yesterday it's pretty much Animal Crossing Ultimate imo
@DEANMONEY I'm seriously thinking of getting AC just to use it as legal self-medication. Even if I only played it every time there's a democratic debate on I'd still get my moneys' worth, and get to keep my sanity. But I'm also worried about getting too sucked in, could easily see playing this for 1,000 hours. Though probably after 1 year of going through all the seasons Id' probably have had enough. 1 year celebration then destroy the island entirely. Yeah, maybe I'll do that.
@Crockin I’m not saying add stakes, I just want something more interesting to build, design, and collect than the everyday items in existing AC games. Like, I used to love playing Roller Coaster Tycoon as a kid, but I could never accomplish the sales targets and didn’t really want to bother with them, I just wanted to mess around and make a cool amusement park. I want something more like that, combining the casual gameplay of Animal Crossing with the more exotic settings and assets of some of the Tycoon games.
@Bolt_Strike that's totally ok, just explaining the appeal of the series and that it's everyday mundanity is what is attractive to the audience. Yes you are doing and collecting everyday stuff, but New horizons in particular offers a pretty impressive glut of gameplay. If you need the excitement of roller coasters for example, this isnt What you are looking for. If you like to just chill and clean your room and arrange stuff on a shelf and get satisfaction from that, this is The best game ever
@rjejr that’s pretty much been my experience with AC games haha
@DEANMONEY Thanks. The more I talk to people the more I'm thinking about getting it. Not b/c it's a game, but playing games stresses me out so much these days, and I'm pretty sure TLOU2 is going to either give me a stroke or a heart attack, so this will be my coming down calming down zen after I play games.
@Crockin Yeah, I can't imagine how someone would be interested in that, but to each their own. I do think they should have some sort of game that does what I described though, at the very least a spinoff should be able to do something like that.
@Bolt_Strike right? It's totally weird how people would enjoy something that you find boring. Someone should really doing something about that
@Crockin Well sorry for thinking a game could appeal to a wider audience if it wasn't so narrow minded in its tone and theme. Silly me for thinking a wider variety of games that appealed to a wider variety of tastes was a good thing.
@Bolt_Strike lol that's like saying "this Chinese food sucks. I like chips. Why don't they have chips? They should have burgers and fries, who likes this crap??”
I understand not being into animal crossing, but you definitely want to come across as the superior mind who wants to totally own these fans of something different than what aligns with your taste. You will most likely retaliate in the predictable way, but bye bye!
@Crockin More like "this Chinese food is too bland, put some Orange or Szechuan sauce on it". There's a difference between wanting them to enhance what they're already providing and wanting something completely different. I'm not asking them to reinvent the wheel here, and that's what you don't seem to get.
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