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This Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch is seriously tempting

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch will convince you that, actually, maybe you do need another Switch.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch will convince you that, actually, maybe you do need another Switch.

If you fall for it though, you’ll be playing right into Tom Nook’s capitalist paws. That said, we understand the temptation. The new tie-in Switch arrives in time for the game’s March 20 release, and boasts faded blue and green Joy-Cons. The matte back is etched with familiar AC iconography, like houses, trees, a snowman and a lighthouse.

Given that the game is set on an island, it’s fitting that the dock is what really makes this work. The charging and TV display hardware is decorated with a white sky, blue waterline and a waving Tom, Timmy and Tommy Nook.

Additionally, Switch and Switch Lite carrying cases emblazoned with a pastel green take on the Animal Crossing leaf are also up for pre-order.

The bundle will be available in the States on March 13, but won’t become available in Europe until March 20. The delay is actually good news for the UK and beyond, though; the European version comes bundled with a code for the game. Meanwhile, Americans will have to shell out the bells for both.

 

The new Switch will retail for $299.99 in the US, and £319.99 in Europe. The cases can be purchased separately or, in Europe, as part of a more expensive (£338.99) bundle. If you find yourself feeling tempted, you should note that this Switch also boasts the improved battery life that comes standard with all Switches released since August 2019. So, buying the pretty Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo Switch is actually very practical indeed.


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Andrew King is a journalist, critic, poet, stand-up comedian and museum caretaker living in Illinois.