You can restart your game to reset your island and villagers in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) for the Nintendo Switch. Find out how you can save items from your old save data for your new island as well as other tips and tricks when restarting your island!
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There is no in-game option to restart your game. However, you can delete all save data on your Nintendo Switch to start fresh.
|1||Go to the Nintendo Switch Home Screen.|
|2||Select System Settings.|
|3||Go to Data Management.|
|4||Choose Delete Save Data.|
|5||Select Animal Crossing: New Horizons.|
|6||Select Delete All Save Data for this Software.|
|7||Start the game.|
First, press the Home Button on the Switch to go Home. The Home Button is the small round button found underneath the right joystick.
From the Home Screen, find the Settings Icon from the bottom right side of the screen.
From Settings, scroll down on the left-hand column until you find Data Management, then select it.
After selecting Data Management, scroll down on the right-hand colum. Find Delete Save Data from the bottom of this list.
After choosing Delete Save Data, select Animal Crossing: New Horizons from the list of games.
Delete All Save Data for this Software to wipe all the save data for Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Once you have successfully cleared all save data, start the game again to see Timmy and Tommy.
Restart your character name and appearance, as well as the island layout and name.
If you've really made up your mind about restarting your game to create a new island, we have a couple of tips and tricks that'll help you save some time by keeping some of your items!
If there are any special furniture or DIY items you want to keep, you might want to leave them on a friend's island first by visiting them online.
This allows you to carry 40 items at most, if you have the last pocket upgrade. You can get the items back once you've restarted your game.
So it's probably better to drop rare or valuable items first and then come back for them later on to add to your island to save you some time!
Similar to the above method, if you have any DIY Recipes that you want to learn, you can drop them on a friend's island.
Once you have restarted the game, you can visit your friend's island again to get them back.
List of DIY Recipes | How to Get DIY Crafting Recipes
|Server Maintenance | How to Fix Errors||Island Backup and Restoration | How to Recover Save Data|
|How to Delete and Transfer Save Data||How to Add or Delete Players|
|How to Restart Your Game||Can You Transfer Data From Pocket Camp?|
|NookLink Features||List of amiibos and Compatibility|
|List of Controls||The Language Setting|
|System Requirements||Do You Need Nintendo Switch Online?|
|Island Transfer Tool Guide|
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