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Animal Crossing New Horizons | Nintendo Switch

Animal Crossing is the latest in the long-running series which originated on Gamecube and became a cult following in gaming at the time, but since then grew even more popular via Wii and DS versions, the latest instalment is arguably the most popular version ever and has become one of the biggest hits on the Nintendo Switch already since its launch.

Boo and I actually have played the Gamecube version, which was an import for a long while because you couldn’t get it in the UK. Since then we had both briefly played a couple of the other versions as did the kids but none of us had really spent much time on them since, which was a shame because we did enjoy them back in the day, however, once we got it, I thought that Tigger especially would find this interesting game.

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What they say

“Escape to a deserted island and create your own paradise as you explore, create, and customize in the Animal Crossing: New Horizons game. Your island getaway has a wealth of natural resources that can be used to craft everything from tools to creature comforts. You can hunt down insects at the crack of dawn, decorate your paradise throughout the day, or enjoy a sunset on the beach while fishing in the ocean. The time of day and season match real life, so each day on your island is a chance to check-in and find new surprises all year round.”

The idea of the game is that you arrive on this island, your welcomed and given tasks and tips to get going, from there you are looking to build a house and meet everyone on the island including visiting the shop and museum, with all of this it allows you gain more task and objectives, and ability to earn money and Nook Miles, with more rewards etc you’re able to do more with your House, character and island.

There is a huge amount of things to collect from, Fossils, Butterfly, fish, bugs, fruit, wood, stone etc..alot of these can also be sold to earn more money or donated to the Museum with rewards possible. There is Multiplayer, we have tried on one Switch, this works ok, one person is the leader as the others follow, personally, it’s not great on a single machine, as time goes on no doubt there will be far more available for the game with DLC as Nintendo has put a lot more into this on the Switch.

What Tigger Said

“I like Animal Crossing because I get to create my own Island and design it to how I would like it, I also get the create how many people would look, I can but them or use the ones given by other islanders. A tip I would give is to make sure you have materials in your pockets as backup and always be helpful to others”.


You can understand the hype and the seemingly overall enjoyment of this game, there is lots of depth to this game like an RPG or even MMO, but with a more child-like feel to it, not if that’s a problem and it isn’t a solely kids game, but the beauty of it is that younger kids will enjoy it and do lots on it, but the old ones and adults will also have lots to do as they explore more of what’s on offer, the multiplayer is a bit rubbish on one system but in essence,

Animal crossing has always been that it’s always been more about visiting your friend’s places, and if you have the details you can via the internet. We have all enjoyed it and that’s a big compliment that 4 of us with different ages and likes have all found things we’ve enjoyed, and we are working towards goals on our island, like more bridges, Trees flowers etc.

Personally, many Switch games could become a little stagnant after a few hours, like most games these days, but you do get certain games like Pokemon and Animal Crossing that can keep you hooked, and this is probably the one that does it the best, its one of the big hitters in the catalogue of games and this has rubber-stamped that for me, and there’s a reason why it’s one of the most sorts after games on the console at the moment.

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  • Reply Vikki Bowker

    I am ADDICTED to ACNH! It has saved my mental health during lockdown. I’m not taken by the new Dream update though….seems a little pointless to me!

    1 August 2020 at 4:57 pm
  • Reply Beth Sachs

    Sounds like a great game. My kids would love it. My daughter has asked for a switch for her birthday.

    3 August 2020 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    Animal Crossing got me through lockdown, I would reach for it when I was feeling anxious and it was just like disappearing into another world for a while.

    3 August 2020 at 3:04 pm
  • Reply Samantha Donnelly

    I have not played Animal Crossing, but it is the kind of game I love and one I can see me getting addicted to playing

    3 August 2020 at 3:30 pm
  • Reply Sim @ Sim's Life

    I wasn’t aware of this game before but it looks and sounds awesome! Loving the colourful graphics! I need to find someone with a console to give this a try! Sim

    3 August 2020 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply Jenny

    I’ve been playing the Pocket Camp version for over 2 years now. It’s the only game I make time for every day!

    3 August 2020 at 6:50 pm
  • Reply Jennifer Gladwin

    I don’t know much about games for the Switch as we don’t have one but I’ve heard so much about Animal Crossing! It seems such a popular game.

    3 August 2020 at 9:16 pm
  • Reply Yeah Foodie

    My kids have added Switch to their must have items this year as they have heard about Animal Crossing from their friends as it is such a great game

    4 August 2020 at 7:45 am
  • Reply Rhian westbury

    This seems to have been the lockdown game for a lot of people. My fiance plays it himself and he enjoys it which says a lot as he’s quite stubborn about what games he plays x

    4 August 2020 at 9:08 am
  • Reply Melanie williams

    Now more than ever is a great time to enjoy some tech games. this looks like a fun one for all the family too x

    4 August 2020 at 3:48 pm
  • Reply Playdays and Runways

    I have heard so much about Animal Crossing recently. I need to check it out.

    4 August 2020 at 7:59 pm
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