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So, Is Animal Crossing Out Yet?

Animal Crossing: New Horizons releases for Switch on March 20. Is it available yet? We're here to help.


Times are tough right now for everyone. Social distancing has people feeling isolated, and things are generally a bit scary no matter where you are. Luckily, there is a wonderfully wholesome remedy on the way in the form of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. And, well, dammit, I need it now. I've got virtual fruit to pick, fake mortgages to amass, and the fossilized remains of prehistoric creatures to collect, catalog, and enshrine. (Have you ever considered how cute Animal Crossing dinosaurs would be? Makes you think.) [Update: Big news--check out the image below.]

It's been a long, long wait for the game, whether you're looking at how long it's been since the last core entry (New Leaf in 2013) or even just when New Horizons itself was set to be released before its delay (sometime in 2019, which feels like an eternity ago). While many had hoped Nintendo would break its own release date and start selling it early--there was even a petition to that effect--that hasn't happened. That means we're stuck counting down every last second until its unlock time on the Eshop, which we expect to be 9 PM PT on March 19 (12 AM ET on March 20) in the US. If you're like us, that won't stop you from refreshing the Eshop, repeatedly trying to open the preloaded game, restarting your system, and messing with the console's date in the hopes that the game will shake loose like a dangling Snickers in a vending machine. It ain't gonna work, so save yourself the heartache.

With that in mind, we've devised what we hope is a simple, straightforward method for determining whether or not Animal Crossing: New Horizons is, in fact, available. To figure out whether you can start playing, please consult the scientifically sound chart below. Stay tuned to this story for important updates.

Is Animal Crossing Available?

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