Animal Crossing New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is days away now, and the wait is proving to be unbearable for some fans. Will this latest instalment in the long-running series live up to the incredible hype? Can it possibly top the superb New Leaf on the 3DS? Will it be the Switch's must-have title for 2020?

We can't answer all of those questions categorically until we post our own review, but we can give you the world's first review score for the game, which has been posted in esteemed Japanese magazine Famitsu.

The famous publication – which has a panel of four reviewers who each score the game out of 10 and then add up the scores for the total out of 40 – has awarded New Horizons 38 out of a possible 40. Two reviewers gave it a 9, while the other two gave it a 10.

That's clearly still an incredible score, but it means New Horizons narrowly misses out on that coveted 'perfect score', which Famitsu has granted to just 26 games in its entire history. These games include the likes of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Kid Icarus: Uprising.

It's also worth noting that Animal Crossing: New Leaf was awarded 39 out of 40 when it was reviewed by Famitsu. Just sayin'.

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