Nintendo Unveils Cute Deep Dive on Animal Crossing: New Horizons Game

The eagerly anticipated follow-up for Switch arrives March 20

What: The nearly 20-year-old Nintendo video game franchise is coming to Nintendo Switch as an open-ended, real-time deserted island simulation.

How: Nintendo released a nearly 30-minute-long video detailing game play.

Why Do You Care: If you don’t know about Animal Crossing, your kids and teenagers do. This video shows a rich and immersive open-ended adventure.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing is one of the most popular life simulation games ever produced. In its two-decade history, it’s waltzed across multiple Nintendo platforms, including the Nintendo 64, the DS, Wii, and GameCube. Now, after a lengthy delay, it’s coming to Nintendo’s popular Switch platform.

For those unfamiliar with Animal Crossing, the game revolves around human avatars living in a village among anthropomorphic wildlife. As a sim, the game stays in sync with the real-world passage of time to reflect day, night, and the seasons.

To announce Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ impending arrival on the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo released an expansive 27-minute video on Thursday that puts you inside game play. It walks through arrival on a “Deserted Island Getaway Package" (run by the fictitious Nook Inc.). Players can choose which hemisphere they want to live on, set up tents, and discover new activities that change along with the seasons. For example, we witnessed game players making snowmen in the winter and fishing in the spring and summer.

The game has a little bit of Minecraft world-building in it. Avatars dig into the earth, build houses, and add new structures to their island.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons will, using one Nintendo Switch System, support up to eight players on one island. The game will also support online multi-player gaming, allowing players to visit friend’s islands. There will be parental controls to restrict unwanted visits.

Nintendo also plans to release a themed Animal Crossings: New Horizons Nintendo Switch Edition on March 13.

Based on the video, Animal Crossings: New Horizons looks like an entertaining time-waster that should delight fans and attract new players, as well.