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Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Best Merch - Switch Console Skins, Pre-Order Bonuses, And More
Fill your home with Animal Crossing goodies ahead of New Horizons.
It won't be long before you can begin your island getaway in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The much-anticipated simulation game sails onto Nintendo Switch March 20, bringing an end to the eight-year drought of mainline Animal Crossing games. New Horizons will undoubtedly be one of the biggest Switch games of 2020. To celebrate its looming release, we decided to collect all of the best Animal Crossing merchandise in one place. From controllers and carrying cases to plushies and Amiibo, you have a lot of options to pick from to help you show off your Animal Crossing love. There's even a New Horizons Switch console that might be the cutest Nintendo system ever made.
While official New Horizons merchandise is limited in the US (so far), Japan is getting a lineup of some pretty neat merch, including Switch accessories and new plushies. If you don't mind paying high shipping fees (and waiting), we've included the Japanese merch at the bottom of this article.
Plus, be sure to check out all the new Amazon Crossing: New Horizons news that came out of the latest Nintendo Direct on February 20. We learned a lot about the upcoming Switch game, including details about brand-new characters, mobile app features, a much-needed tool wheel, the new terraforming mechanic, and more.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch console | $300
The Animal Crossing Switch console is a beauty. It comes with a pair of exclusive Joy-Con, a dock featuring Tom Nook and the Nooklings, and a back panel decorated with tiny silhouettes of characters, trees, boats, and more, all perfectly scattered across the island setting. If you have a launch model Switch, you might be happy to learn the Animal Crossing Switch comes with the upgraded battery. The launch model has a 2.5 to 6.5-hour range, while the updated model boasts a 4.5 to 9-hour range.
The special edition console releases March 13, one week before the New Horizons launches. It doesn't come with a copy of the game, though. The Joy-Cons and Switch dock will be sold separately in Japan, but Nintendo hasn't announced plans to release either individually in the US.
The Animal Crossing Switch is currently sold out at all major retailers, but it may come back into stock in limited quantities before release. You can check out the listings for the Switch at each retailer below.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons pre-order bonuses
Of course, if you haven't pre-ordered the game itself just yet, you can still do so at every major retailer. Target was offering a cute Animal Crossing journal with pre-orders of the game, but it has sold out on two separate occasions. That said, there's always a chance that more journals could become available prior to launch (it already happened once). Those who pre-order at Best Buy will get a peel-and-stick Tom Nook badge that can be put on phones, laptops, and other tech, and online pre-orders at Walmart come with a Tom Nook tote bag.
Check out everywhere you can pre-order the game below!
- Get it at Target -- $60 (sold out)
- Get it at Best Buy -- $60
- Get it at Amazon -- $60
- Get it at Walmart -- $60
- Get it at GameStop -- $60
Game and Bell Bag bundle | $65
Best Buy is selling the game bundled with an adorable little bag modeled after Tom Nook's Bell Bag. The bundle costs $65, so you're only paying five bucks for the cute bag (as opposed to the $20 the bag costs by itself).
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Official Companion Guide | $30
Animal Crossing isn't a game you need a traditional walkthrough to complete; on the contrary, the game never ends. But the New Horizons official companion guide will tell you everything you need to know about the island, including a catalogue of every item you can purchase, find, and create. The 432-page paperback releases April 9 and is available to pre-order at Amazon for $30.
Aloha Edition carrying case | $25
An official accessory from Nintendo, the Aloha Edition carrying case releases March 13 for both the Switch and Switch Lite. The case uses the well-known Animal Crossing leaves for its design and also comes bundled with a screen protector.
Game Traveler Deluxe Case | $20
A new Game Traveler Deluxe case celebrating New Horizons releases March 20 alongside the game. This cute case is compatible with both the Switch and Switch Lite, but the Switch will fit more snugly in this hard shell design. The case comes with a game card holder for four Switch games and a microSD case for two cards. There's an adjustable stand inside the case that props up your Switch or Switch Lite when in tabletop mode.
Power A Enhanced Wireless Controllers | $50
These wireless Animal Crossing Switch controllers from Power A are adorable alternatives to the Pro controller. You can choose between a K.K. Slider or Nooklings design. Each controller is a lovely shade of green and features an Animal Crossing-themed pattern.
Power A wireless controllers look and feel great, but they don't operate exactly the same as the Pro controller. They use AA batteries for power and don't have Amiibo NFC support or vibration. They do, however, have an additional pair of triggers on the back that can be programmed on the fly. Both designs release March 10, so you'll be able to use them to play on launch day.
Nintendo Switch console skin | $20
Maybe you don't want to spend the cash on the Animal Crossing Switch, but you still want your console to look the part. These officially licensed skins from Controller Gear deck out your console, dock, and Joy-Cons with Animal Crossing designs. Three Tom Nook designs are available, each of which features Tom Nook and/or Timmy and Tommy Nook. Each skin comes with a screen protector as well.
Nintendo Switch Lite console skins | $10
Nintendo Switch Lite owners won't feel left out thanks to Controller Gear's console skins. There are three patterns to choose from--Outdoor, Timmy and Tommy, and Woodtone--each of which are $10.
Animal Crossing Amiibo
Nintendo outlined New Horizons' Amiibo support during its Animal Crossing-focused Direct presentation. Scanning Amiibos while playing New Horizons allows you to invite characters to your campground. A separate mode called Photopia lets you arrange your figures and dress them up for a photoshoot.
As of right now, 16 Animal Crossing Amiibo figures are available to purchase, most of which released around the same time as Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival for Wii U. Unlike some older Amiibo, you can still find most of them for great prices. In fact, the majority of them are available for less than their release price. The three-pack includes K.K. Slider, Cyrus, and Reese and is $11.94 at Amazon. Here are all of the Animal Crossing Amiibo you can currently buy:
- Animal Crossing Series 3-Pack -- $13
- Blathers -- $11.23
- Celeste -- $10
- Cyrus -- $10.50
- Digby -- $10
- Isabelle (Smash Bros.) -- $30
- Isabelle (Winter) -- $12.38
- K.K. Slider -- $14.50 (sold out)
- Kapp'n -- $10
- Kicks -- $9
- Lottie -- $5.20
- Mabel -- $8.80
- Reese -- $10
- Resetti -- $9
- Rover -- $16.39
- Timmy & Tommy -- $9.90
- Tom Nook -- $9.49
New Horizons also supports Amiibo cards, and they offer the same perks as the figures. Though not really display items like regular Amiibos, there are far more cards out there, each displaying one of the cheery denizens of the Animal Crossing universe. Amiibo cards were released in four waves, and each pack comes with six Amiibo cards.
- Series 1 -- $6.95
- Series 2 -- $6
- Series 3 -- $5
- Series 4 -- $7
- Series 1-4 (four-pack, 24 cards total) -- $30
- Series 2-4 (three-pack, 18 cards total) -- $14.95
Isabelle Nendoroid | $76
This Isabelle Nendoroid is probably the cutest Animal Crossing product you can buy. Good Smile's popular Nendoroid figurines come with numerous accessories and a stand. Isabelle comes with musical notes that attach to the stand, a clipboard, and a pen. The only downside here is the price. This Isabelle Nendoroid costs $76. The winter version is even pricier at $112.68.
Isabelle plush | $27
A wide assortment of Isabelle plushies can be found from a quick search. But I have to say, a fair number of them are less than great. This Isabelle plush, which is a Japanese import that's eligible for Prime shipping, is just about perfect, though.
Tom Nook plush | $17
When I first looked at this Tom Nook plush, I grimaced. It's not cute. But then I looked at Tom Nook again and remembered that he's not cute anyway. He's a hardworking but tired-looking raccoon who wants you to pay him back for those home renovations. Plush Tom Nook can look at you in dismay every time you're about to buy something you don't need online (not including this plush).
Nook's Homes Mug | $12
This Animal Crossing-themed mug shows off your appreciation for the raccoon who makes all of your dreams possible. Is Tom Nook a design expert? That's up for debate, but he's all we have to help us make a home that's large enough to satisfy our hoarding desires. Unfortunately, it's currently sold out at Amazon.
K.K. Slider T-shirt | $23
We can't all be as cool as K.K. Slider, but we can celebrate the famous musician with this officially licensed graphic T-shirt. The shirt is available in men's, women's, and youth fits and comes in black, navy, olive, dark heather, and heather blue.
Japanese import accessories
The rest of the products on this list are available to pre-order from Play Asia. Shipping costs will vary depending on what you buy, but expect to add a decent chunk of change to the price. You'll also have to wait longer to receive your order. Items tend to take a few weeks to arrive when ordering from Play Asia, so just know that you'll probably be at least a month into your New Horizons journey before any of the following accessories land on your doorstep.
Adventure Pack for Switch/Switch Lite | $27
This small Animal Crossing backpack has two pouches, one big enough to fit a Switch, the other designed for the Switch Lite. Whichever pouch you don't use for your console, you can use for games and accessories. It's expected to ship on March 31 and costs $27.
Switch storage bag | $30
This accessory features the same print as the Adventure Pack but more space. It looks like a cooler and comes with slots for the console, dock, a controller, and all of the cables. It also ships March 31 and costs $30.
Tote bag | $31
On the outside, it looks like a normal tote bag, but it has pouches for both the Switch and Switch Lite, making this tote a stylish travel bag for all of your Nintendo Switch needs. It's available to pre-order for $31 and ships March 31.
Playstand for Switch and Switch Lite | $17
For when you want to use your Animal Crossing-themed Switch controller without playing on the TV, this playstand keeps the Animal Crossing vibes going and provides a snug cradle to prop up your console in tabletop mode. It's expected to ship March 31.
Protector set collection
This silicon cover protects your Switch's screen and Joy-Con from the elements. You can flip the cover off the screen to play in handheld mode and even leave it on when docking your console. There are two designs to choose from, one that focuses on Animal Crossing characters and another that has a more scenic environment.
- See character design at Play Asia (March 20) -- $32
- See environment design at Play Asia (March 20) -- $32
- See character design at Play Asia (April 30) -- $24
- See environment design at Play Asia (April 30) -- $24
Play Asia has a variety of carrying cases, both hard shell and soft, to pre-order for the Switch and Switch Lite.
- Hard case (March 20) -- $26
- Smart pouch (March 20) -- $26
- Quick pouch (March 20) -- $20
Switch Lite covers
To protect your Switch on the go while showing off your Animal Crossing love, Play Asia has several cover options that snap onto the back of your Switch Lite.
- Shock resistant cover (March 20) -- $27
- Hard cover (March 20) -- $20
- Semi-hard cover (March 31) -- $20
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