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Animal Crossing:
New Horizons
North American box art
Developer Nintendo EAD
Publisher Nintendo
Platforms Nintendo Switch
Release date March 20, 2020[1]
Genre Life simulation

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a life survival simulation video game developed by Nintendo. It will be released on March 20, 2020. It will be the next mainline game in the Animal Crossing series after New Leaf. [2] The story starts with the player living on a deserted island as part of the Nook Inc. Getaway Package.

Compared to previous installments, New Horizons' aesthetics are even more realistic, with more human-proportioned characters and more realistic flora and weather patterns.

New Horizons also introduces new features and mechanics, such as pole-vaulting over the river, buried creatures, and the introduction of crafting materials into the main series games, which had previously only been seen in Pocket Camp.


It was announced on September 13th, 2018, during a Nintendo Direct with a 2019 release date.

The first gameplay was shown at 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. [3] More gameplay was shown during the Nintendo Direct on September 4th, 2019. During the E3 it was also announced that the game is delayed until March 20, 2020.

New features


In Nintendo's E3 Presentation we were shown that the NookPhone can be used to Call Islanders, look up DIY recipes, collect Nook Miles and to take photos. It has been confirmed that the NookPhone will have more apps than what was originally shown off in the direct. [4]

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 will be able to teach the player new DIY Recipes. [4]

Nook Miles are a form of currency that the player can earn by completing tasks around the town. They can be used to buy special items like a Nook Inc. uniform, DIY Recipes, alongside other services and products. [4]

The game will have multiplayer capabilities with up to 7 other local or online players. It will also offer 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. [3]

You will presumably be able to buy or/and craft new phone cases, as seen in the September 4th 2019 Nintendo direct with different colored phones.


One major feature added to the game allows the player to place furniture items both indoors and outdoors. When eating food such as apples, you gain energy, which gives you the ability to uproot whole Trees, which can be planted elsewhere. Players will also be able to use the Workbench to craft furniture from materials gathered on the island. Custom roads will also be added in this incarnation of the series using clay that can be retrieved from rocks that are paved onto the ground.

If the player's Nintendo Switch is in the Southern Hemisphere, the game will accommodate the seasons and the night sky to that part of the world.[3]

The player will be able to upgrade their shops as in previous games, including the Resident Services building. [4]

Like in New Leaf, player characters are taller than previous installments, and players have the ability to change their characters' hair style, facial features and skin tone at any time.[3]

It has been confirmed by Nintendo that there will not be any new personality types in New Horizons. [4]

Clothing will be more characterized with many more realistic types of clothes including sweatshirts around the waist, backpacks, and phone cases.

There are also new hairstyles for the player to choose, and you can now customize your nose and mouth.

Tom Nook, Timmy, and Tommy also change their clothes in different seasons.



  • On Tom Nook's desk 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.
  • In the teaser trailer, Tom Nook is sitting at his desk in Nook's Homes as it appears in Happy Home Designer. But in the game trailer, he is wearing a different shirt, and he is in a tent, along with one of the Nooklings.
  • This is the first game in the Animal Crossing series to have the same international release date.

In other languages

In other languages
Flagofchinasmall Chinese 集合啦!动物森友会 Jíhé la! Dòngwù sēnyǒu huì
Flag of Japan Japanese あつまれ どうぶつの森 Atsumare Dōbutsu no Mori
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  1. Video: Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Nintendo Switch Trailer - Nintendo E3 2019; 11.06.2019
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The Animal Crossing Series
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Main Series
Dōbutsu no Mori (Dòngwù Sēnlín) • Dōbutsu no Mori +Animal CrossingDōbutsu no Mori e+Wild WorldCity FolkNew Leaf (Welcome amiibo)New Horizons
ClockCalculatorSweet DayPlazaPhotos TogetherHappy Home Designeramiibo FestivalPocket Camp
Other Media
Dōbutsu no Mori (film)Dōbutsu no Mori: Hohinda Mura DayoriDōbutsu no Mori e+ 4koma Gag BattleMinna no Dōbutsu no MoriOideyo Dōbutsu no MoriTobidase Dōbutsu no Mori Minna de Seseragi Mura Life
Other Series
Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlMario Kart 8Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
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