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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.

Which Hemisphere Should You Choose?

Northern Hemisphere if you live in America or Europe!

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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.

RoverRover'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!

Examples of countries in each hemisphere

Countries in the Northern Hemisphere
・The U.S.
Countries in the Southern Hemisphere
(Opposite of the U.S.)
・New Zealand

Alternatively: Select the hemisphere with events you want to enjoy sooner!

・Cherry Blossom Festival
・Shamrock Day
Summer ・Bug Off
・Getting a Tan
Fall (Autumn) ・Fall Colors
・Mushrooming Season
Winter ・Snowman Building
・Aurora Viewing

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.

You could do different hemispheres if planning on playing with a friend

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.

Difference Betwen Northern and Southern Hemisphere

Seasons (Climate) are Reversed

Opposite Seasons
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.

Bugs and Fish and Fish Seasonality are Reversed


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 Hemispheres and Seasons

Month Northern Hemisphere Southern Hemisphere
3/4/5 Spring Fall (Autumn)
6/7/8 Summer Winter
9/10/11 Fall (Autumn) Spring
12/1/2 Winter Summer

Which Hemisphere Will You Choose?

Let us know which Hemisphere you chose or are thinking of choosing with a vote!

Can You Change Hemispheres Later?

You Cannot Change Your Hemisphere After Starting

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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!

Unchangeable Features

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47 Anonymous4 days
46 Anonymous4 days

>>42 I mean you can change it in settings so

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