System Requirements and Useful Peripherals | Animal Crossing: New Horizons


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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.

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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

Nintendo Switch Controller

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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Beginner's Guide to Animal Crossing New Horizons Unchangeable Features
Choosing a Hemisphere Best Island Layouts
What Should You Choose to Bring to the Island? Picking an Island Name
Best Tent Location How to Cross the River and Water
How to Get Furniture and Materials for House Kits How to Climb Cliffs
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What Happens When You Faint? When Does a New Day Start?
How to Use the Camera How to Use the Rescue Service
How to Add Best Friends Wind and Weather
Tips and Tricks
Things to Do Every Day All Island Shops and Facilities Upgrades
New Horizons 100% Checklist Time Traveling Guide
How to Increase Inventory Space How to Get Presents from Balloons
Max Villagers and How to Get New Villagers to Move In How to Kick Out Villagers
How to Get Specific Villagers You Want How to Raise Your Island's Star Rating
Infinite Tarantula Island Art Guide | List of Artworks and Fakes
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Nook Mileage Program Activities & Rewards List Nook Miles+ Challenges and Rewards
Nook Stop Explained Spending Nook Miles
How to Get Nook Miles Fast How to Make Money Bags (Bell Bags)
How to Get Bells (Money) Fast Money Rock and How to Hit the Rock 8 Times
How to Grow Money Trees from Glowing Spots How to Get Bank Interest
Should You Use the Drop-Off Box? How to Get the Royal Crown
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How to Store Furniture and Other Items Designing Your House - How to Use Storage and Decorating Mode
How to Raise Your Happy Home Academy (HHA) Rank Feng Shui Color and Effect Guide
How to Get Rid of Cockroaches | Catching Cockroaches How to Get Moving Wallpaper
How to Get Moving Flooring List of Roof Colors
Reimagine Your Character
How To Make A Passport | Passport Title List Changing Hair and Face
How to Get / Fix Bedhead -
Reshape Your Island
How Close Can You Plant Trees? How to Chop Wood and Pull Up Trees
How to Get Palm Trees on Your Island How to Build a Bridge
How to Build Slopes, Stairs and Inclines How to Break Rocks
How to Change the Island Tune How to Use Island Designer
List of NookPhone Apps Mystery Island Tour and Nook Miles Ticket Guide
How to Unlock Reactions How to Send Letters and Postcards
Wish on a Shooting Star to Get Star Fragments Lost Item Guide
Party Play | Playing on One Switch Online Play
What Can You Do Online? -
System Info
System Requirements List of Controls
Maintenance | How to Fix an Error How to Delete Save Data
How to Add or Delete Players Can You Transfer Data From Pocket Camp?
amiibo Compatibility NookLink Features
The Language Setting How to Pre-Load


23 Anonymous2 months

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

22 Anonymous2 months

Are there other animal crossing version?

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      If you add me, send me dodo code so I can go to your island. You wont appear on friend list in game unless both players have played together.

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