System Requirements and Useful Peripherals | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

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Maximize your experience in Animal Crossing: New Horizons with the correct system and equipment. Continue reading to see the system requirements and our recommended peripheral devices for playing solo or with the family!

System Requirements

Nintendo Switch and a Copy of Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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All you need to play Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a Nintendo Switch and a copy of the game.


Note: All profiles on the same Nintendo Switch system will share the same island. To create a new island, you need to boot the game on another Switch.

Preorder the Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing: New Horizons Edition

Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing New Horizons Edition
If you are planning to get a Switch for Animal Crossing, you might want to consider buying the limited edition Nintendo Switch inspired by Animal Crossing New Horizons.

As of March 13, 2020, the Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing edition has been available for preorder for $299.99. Check your local game store or Amazon for availability.

Best Pre Order Bonuses

Recommended Peripherals

This is a list of useful accessories that we recommend for you to enjoy the game more, whether it be beautifying the island by yourself, or playing the game with your friends and family.

Separate Controllers

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For Three or More Players

Animal Crossing New Horizons allows up to 4 players simultaneously on the island.

You should buy more controllers if there are 3 or more of you playing in the game, as the Nintendo Switch only comes with 2 Joy-Con controllers which can be used by 2 people.

Supported Controllers in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Joy-Con controllers
  • Joy-Con (L) & Joy-Con (R) - Sideways*
  • Joy-Con Charging Grips
  • Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

*You can only use the Joy-Con sideways when doing Party Play.

See the list of peripherals for the Nintendo Switch on the official Nintendo website.

Accessories - Nintendo Switch - Peripherals List

microSD Card

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Extra Storage May Be Needed for Downloadable Version

If you purchased the game for download, you may want to have extra storage space on your Switch.

The Nintendo Switch has 32GB of storage space in the system, and the downloadable version of Animal Crossing: New Horizons has a capacity of 6.2GB.

Take note that in the future, there will be free updates in the game, and the game's size will increase, so it is better to be prepared.

Not a Worry If You Do Not Play Other Games

If you do not have a lot of games on your device, then storage space should not be a worry. This is especially true if you have a physical copy of the game.

amiibo Cards and Figures

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Invite your favorite characters to your island by scanning their amiibo.

You can then have them in creative photoshoots, or invite them to stay on your island!

List of amiibos and Compatibility

LAN Adapters

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Recommended for Seamless Online Play

You can play with your friends over the WiFi, but to have a consistent online connection, we recommend getting a LAN adapter for your Switch so you can play comfortably without delays.

Carrying Case

For the Adventurers

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If you like bringing your Nintendo Switch outside, it is recommended to get a carrying case to protect your device, especially the screen.

The Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing: New Horizons Edition also comes with a cute Aloha case to keep your Switch safe.

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23 Anonymous5 months

Awww, i have to buy more controllers just so i can play with my friends at my place

22 Anonymous5 months

Are there other animal crossing version?

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