Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)



  • @mbun You make great points about Animal Crossing as a game that would in any way benefit from a potential Switch pro. I don't think it really would either.

    The thing with me is I've always had multiple of the same handhelds in the Pokémon era in order to facilitate trading with myself, simultaneous playthroughs etc. A lot of this is about being able to complete the dex all by myself, even with no online.

    I did this for 3DS where I have about 4 models of that now, and what it eventually led to what the legacy cfw scene. This is the sense that once a console is over the best thing to do is mod it and get more out of it that way. I've held onto my launch Switch like it's the baby Jesus in this regard because it is entirely unpatched against the hardware level exploit. When I want to hack this thing, the best idea would be to move my user and all the saves over to a new device in order to disassociate my NNID from the cfw device which would now be like an offline device.

    This might seem like a bit of a first world problem, but by prohibiting save transfers for potential upgrades, by the looks of it transfer to new consoles if you lost or broke your original etc., they also seem to be incompatible with this idea.

    The best thing I can think of is that I might be able to leave behind a resident on the original Switch that's not tied to my Nintendo online as a way of preserving an island as I'm forced to start again on the new one. Ugh. I just wish I had the extra money now so I could get a new battery life Switch and migrate to that and be a bit less annoyed. The last thing I want is my island tied to the one system I can easily exploit.



  • @keir I don't participate in that whole scene, but I occasionally see people talking about it, and it sounds like once your hack your Switch you dual launch with it, either into the normal bootup with games you've purchased that you can take online or the hacked bootup that will be banned if it tries to access anything online immediately, even the eShop. So in theory, even after you hacked the sucker, you could maintain your Animal Crossing town when you're booting normally with it. You'd just have to be careful when you're doing the backdoor shady stuff and make sure you don't take it online by accident.



  • From the eShop page here in the UK:

    “This game does not support the Save Data Cloud functionality of Nintendo Switch Online. However, the ability to recover Animal Crossing: New Horizons save data from the server in the event of console failure, loss or theft will be available to Nintendo Switch Online members sometime in the future.”

    “Animal Crossing: New Horizons does not support the ability to transfer your save file from one Nintendo Switch console to another.”

    To me, “console failure”, “loss” and “theft” would all require the save data to be recovered to a new console, so I remain optimistic.



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    Kotaku reporting that the Coronavirus won't impact Switch sales in North America and Europe.

    For those preloading New Horizons now, remember that if you eject your SD Card to install New Horizons directly to Switch Internal Memory you'll get the fastest load times, which will probably add up over time in a game like Animal Crossing.



  • @mbun said in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch):

    remember that if you eject your SD Card to install New Horizons directly to Switch Internal Memory you'll get the fastest load times

    Oh, thanks for this!
    I'm always conflicted over physical or digital purchases but getting AC physical just seems wrong lol



  • @thedemonpirate It is a game you play a little every day, so physical is really annoying for it, and carts have the slowest load speeds.



  • @thedemonpirate also bear in mind that when you have a game you want to install to the internal memory you have to totally power off the console to remove the sd (of course). and when updates and dlc go to install they will still target the sd unless you remove it again for those.



  • @keir Yeah I was looking at my data management today and it was weird seeing stuff installed to the internal memory when I had the SD card since day 1. They were all updates.
    It's annoying having to delete and then reinstall everytime.
    I think AC will be the only game installed on system memory for me.



  • New Horizon's Product Page has confirmed that New Horizons will be making some use of the Nintendo Switch Online Mobile App:
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  • Is that likely about voice chat?



  • @keir Could be related to sharing patterns like Smash or the site Super Mario Maker had back during Wii U days. Could be related to voice chat. Could be some outside shopping store like Splatoon has. We'll just have to wait and see.



  • There's a new ad for Animal Crossing New Horizons on Youtube you can randomly get now. It shows off some stuff not known yet like stores on your island itself, the return of item customization, and a nifty new clothing menu, but as there's currently no official Youtube listing for the ad itself, and the Direct is tomorrow morning anyways, I'm sure yall will see this stuff soon enough.

    Edit: Someone found the listing, and I linked it.



  • @mbun said in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch):

    There's a new ad for Animal Crossing New Horizons on Youtube you can randomly get now. It shows off some stuff not known yet like stores on your island itself, the return of item customization, and a nifty new clothing menu, but as there's currently no official Youtube listing for the ad itself, and the Direct is tomorrow morning anyways, I'm sure yall will see this stuff soon enough.

    Edit: Someone found the listing, and I linked it.

    That link doesn't work anymore, but here's a copy:

    Youtube Video



  • Youtube Video

    There's a crazy amount to talk about now.

    Edit: Nintendo deleted the Direct off Youtube and reuploaded it, so changed the links. Details below.





  • it looks super comfy. first animal crossing i i'll actually pick up and get into.

    best part is that i can have my Australian weather in it



  • @yoshi I need to do a full writeup later for the topic, but yeah they eliminated almost all of the headaches from New Leaf I can think of, and they included some of the old comfy stuff like balls to kick around from the original, so it looks to be shaping up to being a very relaxing experience overall. I actually cannot believe some of the lengths they went with customization. Terraforming your entire town is pretty nuts. Only limits I can think of for your town now are maybe water sources for rivers, grass type, and native fruit choice that probably can't be changed after you start. Other than that, it seems like you can move stuff around as needed, even moving fully constructed buildings to other locations, and they can be only 1 tile away from obstacles now! Since no character appears to be "Mayor", it seems like you'd almost never need to reset your town again. You could just completely rework it and swap everything around as you please if you get tired of it. This is shaping up to be a legendary game.



  • Website has some extra footage now not from the Direct:

    Sick Bug-catching montage, but also a Halloween themed building?!

    Another amazing look at the museum including the lobby and exterior.

    Watering multiple flowers at once.

    Seems they improved the camera a little from what we saw at E3. The bug encyclopedia now tells you if you've donated something or not.

    Montage for Crafting.

    All about Dodo Airlines.

    Examples of Villager Interactions.

    Some four player single screen local multiplayer available with a single Switch and game.

    Some eight person local and online multiplayer with each person having their own system and game copy.



  • @mbun the the customization looks really great.

    just the fact that we can choose between Northern and Southern Hemisphere weather is just so exciting to me to we Australians pretty much always get forgotten and always have to deal with American type weather in our games and have snow in them when it should be summer and vice versa.

    my co-worker is super hyped about animal crossing so i'll play with her online and i'm going to go and chop down all her trees mwa ha ha! >:)



  • @yoshi Well you'll have to trick her into being your best friend so you can get away with griefing her island now that they placed restrictions on tools you can use in other's towns otherwise.


    I'm not sure if this was covered in the Direct, but I completely missed that wall furniture has multiple elevations you can hang it from now!