Those mad lads at Nintendo have done it. They’re making an Animal Crossing game for Nintendo Switch and it’s called Animal Crossing: New Horizons!
As part of the surprisingly bountiful Nintendo Direct announcement, Nintendo showcases the teasers of all teasers when they revealed that a new Animal Crossing game is coming in 2019. The teaser itself sees Tom Nook reference the addition of an Animal Crossing character to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate before noting that he needs to get to work and make sure that everyone has a home to come to after their done camping and fighting. The camping line is certainly a reference to the mobile title, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.
The question is “What kind of Animal Crossing game are we getting?” is “Welcome to Animal Crossing” the full title, or just something that Nintendo used for the purposes of this teaser? Is this possibly some kind of remake of the original game? Whatever it is, we know that the teaser trailer did not consist of gameplay footage (thanks to a note at the bottom of the screen that confirmed as much). However, we imagine it’s representative of what the actual game will look like.
That being the case, we’d soon believe that this is going to be a proper Animal Crossing sequel and not a spin-off like Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and some other recent games in the series. In any case, we’re just happy to know that we’re finally getting a new console Animal Crossing game after so many years of waiting.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Trailer
A new gameplay overview trailer premiered during a Nintendo Direct in Sept. 2019. Watch it below to check out all the new features in the game:
And here’s the E3 2019 trailer:
And the original teaser trailer:
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Release Date
Animal Crossing: New Horizons arrives on March 2, 2020. The game is coming exclusively to the Nintendo Switch.
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.