This guide will cover the differences between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo Switch). This page will tell you which hemisphere you should choose to live in, what is different between hemispheres, and whether or not you can change your hemisphere.
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If you are unsure of which hemisphere to live in within Animal Crossing, and you actually do live in the Northern Hemisphere, we recommend choosing this one.
By choosing the Northern Hemisphere, you will be able to enjoy the same seasonal changes that take place in the real world.
|Rover's Advice||Since I live in the States, I'm going with the Northern Hemispere! This means that all other users on the same Switch will be on the same hemisphere! If you're gonna play together with your family or partner on the same Switch, be sure and decide together!|
|Countries in the Northern Hemisphere
|Countries in the Southern Hemisphere
(Opposite of the U.S.)
||・Cherry Blossom Festival|
|Fall (Autumn)||・Mushrooming Season|
If there is a seasonal event in Animal Crossing that you really want to check out right away, you could choose the hemisphere that would make you close to that season. On the game release, it will be Spring in the Northern Hemisphere and Fall in the Southern Hemisphere.
If you are planning on spending a lot of time playing this game together with another friend, why not decide together on selecting different hemispheres? Each time you visit each other's islands, you can enjoy a different season, and have even more fun checking out the events together.
The Northern and Southern Hemispheres have opposite seasons. For example, if you are playing in July, it will be Summer in the Northern Hemisphere, but Winter in the Southern one.
In past titles, you could only play in the Northern Hemisphere, but with the release of New Horizons, you can select the hemisphere that you actually live in for an even more personal experience.
|Season||Northern Hemisphere||Southern Hemisphere|
|Spring||February 25 to May 31||August 25 to November 30|
|Summer||June 1 to August 31||December 1 to February 28|
|Fall||September 1 to November 25||March 1 to May 25|
|Winter||November 26 to February 24||May 26 to August 24|
Orchid Mantis Seasonality in the Northen Hemisphere
Also depending on your hemisphere, fish and bugs will appear on different months compared to the opposite hemisphere.
|List of Bugs||List of Fish|
Let us know which Hemisphere you chose or are thinking of choosing with a vote!
Once selecting your hemisphere, you cannot change it once starting the game.
Before making hasty decisions, check out the list of unchangeable features in New Horizons while you are starting the game!
|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 Rivers and Waters|
|How to Get Furniture and Materials for House Kits||How to Climb Cliffs|
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