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.
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Select the Nintendo eShop on your Nintendo Switch home page.
Find Animal Crossing: New Horizons by searching via the search bar, or by going to the "Coming Soon" section.
Select Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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.
Select the Nintendo eShop on your Nintendo Switch homepage.
Select Enter Code from the choices on the left side of the screen.
|Enter the code from your Download Card. (The game will start downloading after entering the card details and confirming)
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!
|Select Animal Crossing: New Horizons from the homepage.
|Connect to the internet and confirm that you can play the game.
|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.
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.
|Super Smash Bros Ultimate
|16GB or more
|The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
|Pokemon Sword and Shield
|Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
|Super Mario Odyssey
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!
|Head Back to News & Updates
|DLC and Event Updates
|List of New Features
|List of New Horizons DLC
|April Ver 1.2 Update
|July Ver 1.3 Update
|August Ver 1.4 Update
|September Ver 1.5 Update
|November Ver 1.6 Update
|January Ver 1.7 Update
|February Ver 1.8.0 Update
|1st Anniversary Event
|March Ver 1.9.0 Update
|April Ver 1.10.0 Update
|April Ver 1.11.0 Update
|ACNH Direct and November Update
|Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack
|November Ver 2.0.1 Update
|November Ver 2.0.2 Update
|November Version 2.0.3 Update
|December Ver 2.0.4 Update
|Merchandise and Promotions
|Sanrio amiibo Pack
|How to Use the Island Tour Creator
|Original Soundtrack and Sheet Music
|PUMA x ACNH Collab
|Bugs and Patch Updates
|Maintenance | Fix Errors
|How to Update and Update Patch Notes
|How to Climb the 4th Cliff Level
|How to Plant Trees on Clifftop Edges
|1x1 Item Duplication Glitch [Fixed]
|2x1 Item Duplication Glitch [Fixed]
|Mailbox Item Duplication Glitch [Fixed]
|How to Plant Trees on Paths [Fixed]
|How to Swim in Rivers | How to Sit in Pools
|How to Center Items on Tables Outside
|Animal Crossing Direct
|Is there a Demo?
|How to Pre-load
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