Animal Crossing: New Horizons Gets Island Life Themed Switch

Nintendo announced an island life-themed Switch for Animal Crossing: New Horizons' launch, making for a very tempting incentive to drop $300.

January 30, 2020

Fans who either haven’t gotten a Switch yet, or are looking for a relaxingly nice aesthetic upgrade ahead of Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ release just got a very tempting incentive to drop $300.

Nintendo announced Thursday night via its social media channels that Animal Crossing’s Switch debut will be getting a special edition version of the console-handheld hybrid, making use of a soft color scheme that runs in line with New Horizons’ theme of island life. It will come with uniquely colored Joy Cons that are light green and blue on the front with the backs colored to look like sand. The system itself will remain the standard black, like all Switch models, but will feature a textured island map design on the back of it.

The dock shares the same soft island color scheme as the Joy Cons, and has an illustration of Tom Nook and his nephews, Timmy and Tommy, waving on top of a small island, greeting anyone coming to put the Switch in for a charge.

The New Horizons-themed Switch will be available on March 13 for $299.99, just a week ahead of the game’s launch on March 20. Nintendo also announced Thursday night that an “Aloha Edition” carrying case and screen protector will be available on the 13th too.

Check out a gallery of the specially-designed system and carrying case below.


This isn’t the first time Nintendo has produced special editions Switches for it games. Recent examples of unique console variants include the ones made for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and the Pokemon: Let’s Go! games.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is set to come out alongside another high-profile release in id Software’s DOOM Eternal — anticipated for a polar opposite set of reasons — and both, despite a delay to September for Cyberpunk 2077, kick off a string of big-name release after big-name release.

Following Animal Crossing and DOOM on March 20, Persona 5 Royal will close out the month on March 31, then Capcom’s remake of Resident Evil 3 hits a few days later on April 3. Final Fantasy VII Remake bats cleanup on April 10.

Images from Nintendo of America on Twitter



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