How to Pre-Load (Download before Release) | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

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This guide shows you how to pre-load Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) for the Nintendo Switch, before its release.

Note: Animal Crossing: New Horizons has already been released and this guide no longer applies to the present.

How to Pre-Load

If buying directly from the Nintendo e-Shop

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Select the Nintendo eShop on your Nintendo Switch home page.
Step 2 Nintendo Shop Coming SoonEnlarge
Find Animal Crossing: New Horizons by searching via the search bar, or by going to the "Coming Soon" section.
Step 3 Animal Crossing Coming SoonEnlarge
Select Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Step 4 Animal Crossing Purchase ScreenEnlarge
Select Proceed to Purchase. (Download will start after confirming the purchase)

The Coming Soon tab is sorted by the date of release date. Remember – Animal Crossing New Horizons will be released on March 20, 2020 and once you've pre-loaded the game, it can be played from 12:00 AM on the day of release.

If using a Download Card

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Select the Nintendo eShop on your Nintendo Switch homepage.
Step 2 Nintendo Shop Enter CodeEnlarge
Select Enter Code from the choices on the left side of the screen.
Step 3 Enter the code from your Download Card. (The game will start downloading after entering the card details and confirming)

Benefits of Pre-Loading

Play right after launch

If you pre-load the game Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you will be able to play the game on the day of release from 12:00 AM on March 20, 2020. If you want to be the first on your block to get into the game, pre-loading is the way to go!

How to Play after Pre-Loading

Step 1 Select Animal Crossing: New Horizons from the homepage.
Step 2 Connect to the internet and confirm that you can play the game.
Step 3 Have fun and enjoy playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

If you have already downloaded the game files, you can start the game on the date of release, March 20, 2020 just by following these simple steps, without any need for long waiting times.

Things to Watch Out for when Pre-Loading

You will need at least 6.2GB of storage

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Animal Crossing New Horizons requires a total of 6.2GB of free space on your Nintendo Switch. Your Nintendo Switch has a built in 32GB of space so if your memory is full, you might need to delete other game data, or prepare a microSD card to store more data.

Examples of games that take a lot of space

Game Size
Super Smash Bros Ultimate 16GB or more
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 13.4GB
Pokemon Sword and Shield 10.3GB
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 6.8GB
Super Mario Odyssey 5.7GB

If you have installed other games onto your Nintendo Switch's memory, and have accumulated a total of 26 GB, with no microSD card to use, you will not be able to install Animal Crossing: New Horizons onto your Nintendo Switch. Just another reason to pre-load – you don't want to run into that problem on the day of release!

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6 Anonymous3 months

Im playing it now thank you for the tutorial!!

5 Anonymous3 months

I missed this :((( Only starting to download now

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