Animal Crossing: New Horizons-themed Switch announced

Nintendo will release an Animal Crossing: New Horizons-themed Switch system on March 13 in North America and March 20 in Europe, Australia, and Japan for $299.99 / 35,960 yen, the company announced.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The system, which takes design inspiration from the game, includes a pair of pastel green and blue Joy-Con controllers that are white on the back, white wrist straps, and a white Switch dock featuring images of characters Tom Nook and Nooklings Timmy and Tommy.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Nintendo also announced the Switch Animal Crossing: New Horizons Aloha Edition Carrying Case Screen Protector and Switch Lite Animal Crossing: New Horizons Aloha Edition Carrying Case Screen Protector, which are due out alongside themed system.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which is due out worldwide on March 20, is not included with the themed system or the Carrying Case Screen Protector accessories. Here is a brief overview of the game, via Nintendo:

In the Animal Crossing: New Horizons game, players embark on the special Nook Inc. Deserted Island Getaway Package and are whisked away to an island paradise. Here, players can roll up their sleeves and start a life from scratch on a deserted island, eventually making their new life whatever they want it to be—whether decorating their home, crafting, customizing their look or sharing the experience with friends, both in real life and on the island. Animal Crossing: New Horizons marks the debut of the Animal Crossing series on Nintendo Switch and introduces new features, such as crafting, pole-vaulting across rivers and so much more.

The Nintendo Switch system can be played in three modes: TV mode, played on a TV while the system is docked; Handheld mode, when the Joy-Con are attached for portable play; and Tabletop mode, perfect for on-the-go multiplayer gaming sessions.

And here are some more details, via Nintendo Australia:

About

If the hustle and bustle of modern life’s got you down, Tom Nook has a business venture up his sleeve that he knows you’ll adore: his brand-new, ultra-exclusive Nook Inc. Deserted Island Getaway Package!

Sure, you’ve crossed paths with colorful characters near and far. Had a grand old time as one of the city folk. May’ve even turned over a new leaf and dedicated yourself to public service! But deep down, isn’t there a part of you that just longs for…freedom? A chance to do what you want, when you want? Then perhaps a long walk on the beach of a deserted island, where a rich wealth of untouched nature awaits, is just what the doctor ordered!

Peaceful creativity and charm await as you roll up your sleeves and make your new life whatever you want it to be.

Collect resources and craft everything from creature comforts to handy tools. Embrace your green thumb as you interact with flowers and trees in new ways. Set up a homestead where the rules of what goes indoors and out no longer apply.

Make friends with new arrivals, enjoy the seasons, pole-vault across rivers as you explore, and more!

Key Features

  • Customize your character and home, and decorate the landscape (with furniture, if you like!), as you create your very own island paradise.
  • Experience a robust new crafting system – collect materials to construct everything from furniture to tools!
  • Enjoy a variety of relaxing activities like gardening, fishing, decorating, interacting with charming NPCs, and more, as classic Animal Crossing experiences come to life in fun new ways within the deserted-island setting.
  • Up to eight players can reside on an island; four residents of the same island can play together simultaneously on a single system.**
  • Eight players can play together on one player’s island via online multiplayer or local wireless.*

*Up to 8 players with registered accounts on a Nintendo Switch console can live on one shared island, and up to four residents of one island can play simultaneously on one console. Please note: only one island can exist per Nintendo Switch console, irrespective of the number of user accounts registered to or copies of the game used on one console. One Nintendo Switch and one copy of the game is required for each unique island. Alternatively, up to eight people can play together on one island via local wireless or online play. Local wireless play requires one console and one copy of the software per player. Internet connection required during online play. To use online services, you must create a Nintendo Account and accept the related agreement. The Nintendo Account Privacy Policy applies. Some online services may not be available in all countries. Online play requires paid online membership.

** Additional games, systems and/or some accessories may be required. Sold separately.

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