Nintendo has given the fans what they want … again. On 13 September, Nintendo Direct announced via a short teaser trailer that Animal Crossing would be coming to Nintendo Switch sometime in 2019.
Although the trailer did not give details about new gameplay mechanics or even which characters would return from previous games, it gave us an announcement – which is more than a month ago.
Logica told us it was only a matter of time before Nintendo made the announcement – Animal Crossing is a very popular series for Nintendo that eventually shifts a lot of hardware – but a new Animal Crossing title on the Switch is a good guarantee for seduction of players new and old.
That is not only because Animal Crossing is already popular and successful, but because the game is a perfect match for Nintendo's hybrid console. The Animal Crossing sandbox makes it ideal for long play sessions on your TV, and shorter on-the-go bursts in the handheld mode of the switch.
Although we do not have many details about the game, this is what we know so far.
Animal Crossing Switch release date
As vague as it is, we already know that Animal Crossing on Nintendo Switch will be available somewhere in 2019. We will probably hear more about the game after the holidays as we approach E3 2019 – probably in February or March.
Animal Crossing Switch news and rumors
Nintendo Switch arrives at Animal Crossing Pocket Camp
Okay, so this is not really a direct sign that an Animal Crossing game will be released for Nintendo Switch, but it has placed our rather desperate mind in a whirl of conspiracy theories. The Switch item was added as a daily bonus item in the Animal Crossing Pocket Camp game to encourage players to log in day after day. It feels like a tease, but there is a good chance that it can not mean anything other than what it is – the addition of a relevant and interesting item to a mobile game that tries to get players back.
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The (almost certainly fake) leaked images
The most recent sign that an Animal Crossing release comes to Switch is in the form of some leaked images that claim to show the game. There are a total of two images: one that shows what the opening screen of the game should be and another that shows the actual game.
Unfortunately, both are almost certainly fake. Yet it is proof that there is a big demand for fans for a release of Switch. Admittedly, we are absolutely intrigued by the idea of an Animal Crossing Globetrotter.
You can view both images below:
The trademark of Nintendo
In January 2018 it was revealed that Nintendo had applied for a new trademark Animal Crossing in Japan for a wide range of purposes, including software for a home video game machine, a portable electronic game console and smartphone devices. Now we already have the application for smartphone devices in the form of Animal Crossing Pocket Camp, but we have not yet seen the portable and homegame machines. A release of Nintendo Switch would tick both boxes.
In addition, the trademark also covers hugs, game machine controllers, board games, playing cards, protective carrier bags and trading card games, so it is clear that Nintendo still has big plans for the series.
It has been a long time since the last release of the mainline
The last major release of Animal Crossing was New Leaf, all the way back in 2012. That is now six years ago and, before that, the usual release gap for headline titles was about three to five years, we are inclined to say that we are due a new game.
What is also interesting is that the Wii U never received a title (no, Amiibo Festival does not count at all) despite the fact that many fans expected one. It's possible that Nintendo started working on an Animal Crossing Wii U or was waiting to launch one for the Switch, and although we're not sure, we think it's likely that there's a Switch launch coming. Either way, the core Animal Crossing business has already completed the development of Splatoon 2 some time ago – so they need something new in the pipeline.
The success of previous releases
Previous DS and 3DS Animal Crossing releases have done very well for Nintendo – both Wild World and New Leaf have sold more than 11 million each. While there is a caveat that prior releases of the Home Console for GameCube and Wii have not done so well, we are inclined to say that the Switch will beat the trend here thanks to its hybrid nature, and Nintendo will have a hit on its hands . Given one of Nintendo's most loyal handheld titles, Pokémon, has now been confirmed to come to the Switch, we do not think it's likely that Animal Crossing will continue to languish on the 3DS for a long time.
What we want to see from Animal Crossing on Switch
Broader, more dynamic, cast
We love our Animal Crossing neighbors, but it is undeniable that they can be somewhat similar. It is a problem that is not helped by repetitive interactions. We would like to see a new Animal Crossing introduce even more new faces in the neighborhood and perhaps a few other ways to get to know them. Seeing more dialogue and more well-rounded personalities would make us very happy players.
Decorating in Animal Crossing is one of the biggest and best parts of the series (just look at Happy Home Designer for proof of that). But we would like to see more furniture appear in a new game. New styles and themes are welcome, perhaps with more customization options.
Larger spaces or more areas
With the power that the Switch offers, we think we could get the largest and most extensive Animal Crossing ever. Although we love that Animal Crossing is all about being in a small city, we also enjoyed the transition to a city feeling that came with New Leaf. In Animal Crossing on Switch we would not like to take this further, but it would be nice to see some new areas or districts in the city that offer a few more amenities or places to visit.
More opportunities to make your own story
Entering the mayoralist role was one of the best aspects of New Leaf, but we would like to see something different in the next episode. Perhaps more choice in what role you play in the city. With Pocketcamp, players can take on the role of owner of a holiday park, so maybe we could see a few career opportunities in a new main range.
Of course for those who are interested in continuing the mayor route that would still exist, but it would also be exciting to see the paths of shopkeepers or bar owners open. Make your own designs or make furniture to sell to the locals, or collect ingredients from your village and others to add some interesting flavors to your coffee menu – all of these sound like fun pursuits in a world of Animal Crossing.
Animal Crossing Pocket Camp was a welcome release after we did not see any of the series at that time, but it does not tickle enough for us because of its superficiality. That does not mean, however, that we want to completely abandon the mobile game if an introduction to a main rule is started.
It would actually be nice if Nintendo could somehow bring the mobile and console releases together, so that players can get more depth in the mobile game and offer us another way to enjoy the release of the console. Whether it's about unlocking and transferring articles, earning money or improving relationships, we just want to keep playing even on days when we can not wear our Switch. Now that we have seen that it is possible with Pokemon Let & # 39; s Go, our expectations are even higher.