Ever since the Nintendo Switch was announced, gamers have clamored for one particular game to grace its screen: Animal Crossing. Fortunately, it's now been confirmed that the colorful casual animal community-building game is coming to the system in 2019!
For some reason, it always seemed like a new handheld Animal Crossing adventure was nowhere near Nintendo’s radar. In fact, the company released a mobile title, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, before giving its ravenous Animal Crossing faithful a chance to play it on a new home console. That’s all about to change, however, since the latest Nintendo Direct presentation confirmed the next mainline entry in the series. Once it was announced, word spread across the internet like wildfire, and fans rejoiced. They'd finally gotten confirmation that the game they'd spend so long agonizing over was actually going to exist!
With that in mind, for the uninitiated, what is Animal Crossing, anyway? Animal Crossing is a simulation game that throws you into the role of mayor of a small animal village. You're new in town, but the animals give you a warm welcome, take you in as one of their own, and work and play together with you in charge. As the seasons change, new faces come and go, and you learn more about the town, you'll make friends, buy and upgrade a house, collect clothing, furniture, and other personal items, and make yourself at home in the animal world. It's hopelessly addictive, and it's certain you'll fall deeply in love with your animal friends after spending a short amount of time with them.
There have been several iterations of the game, including versions for the Wii and Nintendo 3DS, but never the Switch just yet. Unfortunately, it's still quite a ways off, and we won't be seeing it for quite some time, at least not until next year. But what do we know already? To be quite honest, not a whole lot. For one, we know it's a mainline title in the Animal Crossing series, and it looks like Tom Nook will likely be included, given the fact that he's been in every installment, and we know little Isabelle will be returning as well – she's even going to be a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
That's about all we know so far, but based on the fact that the footage we saw looks way shinier and more visually impressive than previous renders so far, it's a safe bet that this new Animal Crossing game is going to improve upon the previous game in several ways. The only bad part? Waiting until 2019, of course. But now that Nintendo has introduced its proper Nintendo Switch Online service, we can rest assured knowing that this may finally be the new online Animal Crossing we've been hoping for ever since Animal Crossing: City Folk. It's time for a whole new world, and you know what? We're so ready for it.