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
・Getting a Tan
|Fall (Autumn)||・Fall Colors
These are all written with the seasonal events of past games in mind.
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. When the game releases on March 20th, 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.
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.
|Month||Northern Hemisphere||Southern Hemisphere|
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 the River and Water|
|How to Get Furniture and Materials for House Kits||How to Climb Cliffs|
|What Happens When You Eat Fruit?||How to Get Rid of a Bee Sting|
|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|
|List of All K.K. Slider Songs||-|
|Money, Miles and Shopping|
|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|
|House and Storage|
|How to Pay Off Your Loan and Upgrade Your Tent and House||How to Move Your House|
|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 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|
>>42 I mean you can change it in settings so
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