|Animal Crossing: New Horizons|
|Deserted Island • Fish • Bugs • Fossils • Villagers • Events • Clothing • Crafting materials • DIY recipes • Call Islander • NookPhone • Island Designer • Nook Miles • Nook Inc. • Nook Stop • Getaway Package • Special characters • Furniture • Tools • Resident Services • Tutorial • Mystery tours • Photopia • K.K. Slider song list • Forged artwork • Island evaluation • House customization • Glitches • Version history|
Animal Crossing: New Horizons (あつまれ どうぶつの森 Atsumare Dōbutsu no Mori?, Animal Forest: Gather) is a real-time social simulation video game developed by Nintendo. It was released on March 20, 2020, and is the eighth (and newest) main-series game in the Animal Crossing series, after New Leaf.  The story starts with the player living on a deserted island as part of Nook Inc. Getaway Package.
Compared to previous installments, New Horizons's aesthetics are even more detailed, with more realistic flora, detailed characters, intricate furniture, and weather patterns.
New Horizons also introduces new features and mechanics, such as pole-vaulting over the river, cliff construction, waterscaping, and the introduction of crafting materials into the main series games, which had previously only been seen in Pocket Camp.
New Horizons was first announced on September 13th, 2018, during a Nintendo Direct with a 2019 release date and no official subtitle. The announcement of New Horizons occurred subsequently after Isabelle was announced to be a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
The first gameplay footage was shown during the Nintendo E3 2019 Direct (June 11th, 2019) and it showcased the new story and game mechanics. A Nintendo Treehouse live stream followed later that day with more gameplay and additional features.  More gameplay was shown during the Nintendo Direct on September 4th, 2019 where a received a new trailer with more information on the game and what it would bring was shown. During the E3 it was also announced that the game would be delayed until March 20, 2020.
On February 20th, 2020, in an Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct, an in-depth look in the game was given.
The game was finally released on March 20th, 2020 as announced during E3 2019. There is also a channel for the game in the "News" section of the Nintendo Switch. The first article ever released was an article relating to Bunny Day.
Following the release of the game, periodic updates have been added, fixing bugs and adding new content. On April 21st, 2020, a video was posted to the Nintendo YouTube channel detailing a new update, version 1.2.0, including new holiday events, new island visitors, and a new paintings section to the museum.
In Nintendo's E3 presentation, it was shown that the NookPhone could be used to Call Islanders, look up DIY recipes, collect Nook Miles, and to take photos. It was also confirmed that the NookPhone would have more apps than what was originally shown off in the direction. 
The story starts with the player living on a deserted island where they can craft furniture and items, gather supplies found across the island, and slowly upgrade the island making it their own little paradise. It's part of Tom Nook's Nook Inc. Getaway Package. Alongside being able to use Tom Nook's crafting bench, the player can also create their own DIY Recipes using their NookPhone. Islanders can also teach the player new DIY Recipes. 
The game has multiplayer capabilities with up to 7 other local or online players. It also offers a single-console local co-op play, where up to 3 other island residents can join the game using the NookPhone's "Call Islander " option. In order to interact with other people online, you will have to obtain a Nintendo Switch Online Membership and do not have parental controls restricting online interaction. 
The player can also customize their NookPhone's appearance through a customizable case which costs 1,800 Nook Miles.
- Nook Miles are a form of currency that the player can earn by completing tasks around the town. Nook Miles can also be used to pay of the player's first initial loan from Tom Nook (it is not possible to use Nook Miles to pay off future loans after the first). They can be used to buy special items like a Nook Inc. uniform, DIY Recipes, alongside other services and products. They also have the ability to create Custom Designs (these can be upgraded to PRO after redeeming Nook Miles). 
- Nook's Cranny. There are some furniture items that are unable to be customized. Some furniture can also be customized at workbenches using customization kits purchased through
New Horizons gives the player much more freedom to customize their island compared to previous iterations. The player is able to place furniture both indoors and outdoors; choose starting locations for their own home, their residents' homes, and buildings other than Resident Services; move buildings once placed; place bridges and ramps; and change river paths and cliffs. Fences were also introduced to the game.
Additionally, when eating food such as fruit, turnips, or bamboo shoots, the player gains energy. Energy can be used to uproot whole trees, which can be planted elsewhere at their current height, and destroy rocks, which will respawn the following day (one per day). This energy can also be disposed of by using a toilet.
New Buildings and Locations
- Resident Services is where the player can craft, buy or sell items. It is initially where the player can sell items and buy from Timmy, before Nook's Cranny is opened. The player can also discuss home expansion with Tom Nook. The Nook Stop is also located there, where the player can use the ABD, buy from the catalog, and redeem Nook Miles. Once the building is upgraded, Isabelle will handle services like resetting villagers to their default clothing or catchphrase, while Tom Nook will continue handling home expansion and start handling building construction and moving.
- Dodo Airlines is where the player can go to visit other player's islands or have them visit their own. It is also where the player can go on island tours. To go on an island tour, the player will have to redeem their Nook Miles for a Nook Miles Ticket, which costs 2,000 Nook Miles. While on an island tour, the player will be unable to bring items that will not fit in their pockets. The player will be able to bring additional tools to obtain materials such as bugs, insects, fish, fruit, etc. The player can also borrow tools from Wilbur for Nook Miles. It is also possible to meet other animals through the island tour and invite them to move to the player's own island.
During the start of New Horizons, the player is asked to customize their character's eyes, skin, hair, nose, and mouth. These settings can only be changed through a vanity or mirror after creating the player's island. Hairstyles and colors can only be obtained by redeeming Nook Miles at a Nook Stop. A new addition to custom designs is face paint, which can be done by clicking on a custom design, selecting "Wear", and then selecting "Face Paint" once more. In the original Japanese version of the game, the player also has to choose between being a boy or a girl, but this was changed to simply say "Choose your style" with the boy and girl subtitles being entirely removed in the American localization to accommodate non-binary players.
Like in New Leaf, player characters are taller than previous installments. New to the series is the player's ability to change their characters' hairstyles, facial features and skin tone at any time.
It has been confirmed by Nintendo that there will not be any new personality types in New Horizons. 
Clothing will be more characterized with many more realistic types of clothes including sweatshirts around the waist, backpacks, and phone cases.
Similar to choosing a layout for a town in the previous installment, the player has the option of choosing an island layout when applying. This also includes a choice in either living in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere.
Choosing either of Northern or Southern Hemisphere differ in seasonal change (e.g., spring in the Northern, fall in the Southern).
The location of the Town Plaza, Airport, Dock, and northern 'secret' beach seems to change along with the rest of the map layout. The airport and plane (which match) have at least blue, yellow, orange/red(?), or green for color possibilities.
As of right now, there is only one island allowed per Nintendo Switch console. After progression in the game, you will be able to change the landscape by unlocking permits. A key difference from the previous installment of New Leaf, there are no bridges or ramps built when the player initially visits the island. The only way to navigate at first around the rivers is to create a vaulting pole with a DIY workbench. After three villagers decide to move in, Tom Nook will be able to create bridges for the island. The player also has to initially unlock a ladder to go up cliffs.
Players should consider the placement of the beaches, river heads, and ocean rocks when deciding on an island as these landforms are non-editable even as the game progresses.
The player is allowed to invite up to eight other residents on the same island. During this simultaneous play, the main player is the "leader" as the joined players take the roles as "followers". In addition, leaders and followers can redirect making one another leader and follower.
Follower obtained items will automatically be stored in the Resident Services building's recycling box. That said followers may claim the item later.
If the party play ends with there being a new leader, the current leader becomes the one playing.
- In the teaser trailer, Tom Nook is sitting at his desk in Nook's Homes as it appears in Happy Home Designer.
- On Tom Nook's desk there is a Nintendo Switch in Handheld mode.
- Alongside the initial announcement of the game, Isabelle was revealed as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with moves based on Animal Crossing actions.
- This is the first game in the Animal Crossing series to have a simultaneous release in all regions.
- New Horizons is the first game to feature an extinct species as live characters, with Orville and Wilbur being dodo birds.
- There is a typo where within a Nook Miles achievement description (Gulliver's Travails), "kindness" is misspelled "kindess", omitting the 2nd N. This was fixed in version 1.2.0
In other languages
- ↑ Video: Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Nintendo Switch Trailer - Nintendo E3 2019; 11.06.2019
- ↑ https://twitter.com/NintendoAmerica/status/1040369834083573761?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1040369834083573761&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fanimalcrossingworld.com%2F2018%2F09%2Fa-new-mainline-animal-crossing-game-is-coming-to-nintendo-switch-in-2019%2F
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEh3MPy4GAU
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/06/13/how-tom-nook-uses-his-money-and-14-more-details-about-animal-crossing-new-horizons-e3-2019
- ↑ https://imgur.com/a/KSuug5I Airport & Airplane Color Images
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