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.
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. Given the popularity of Animal Crossing, it seems likely that the special edition console will sell out rather quickly, so you should probably hurry if interested. 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.
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 is giving away New Horizons-themed journals with online pre-orders, so you can get your first piece of merchandise simply by pre-ordering a copy of the game. 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.
Check out everywhere you can pre-order the game below!
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. The Switch Lite version is available to pre-order now, and the Switch version shouldn’t be far behind.
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.
Animal Crossing Amiibo
New Horizons is expected to have Amiibo support, but Nintendo hasn’t revealed the extent of the support so far. That said, it’s unclear whether support will be limited to just Animal Crossing Amiibo and Amiibo cards, or if Amiibo figures from other franchises will be compatible with New Horizons in some way.
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:
It stands to reason that Animal Crossing Amiibo cards will also be compatible with New Horizons. 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.
Isabelle Nendoroid | $75
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 $75. The winter version is even pricier at $90.
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.
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.
Play Asia has a variety of carrying cases, both hard shell and soft, to pre-order for the Switch and Switch Lite.
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.
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