This past Sunday marked the 2 year anniversary of Animal Crossing: New Horizon's release on the Nintendo Switch. Though the game has been out for a couple of years, the creators are constantly adding new updates and content. Want to learn more? Read this guide, and you'll be customizing your own island in no time!
Are you sick of all the intense games that you play, and you just need a break to relax but still play video games? Then Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the game for you. Animal Crossing: New Horizons came out for the Nintendo Switch on March 20, 2020. Animal Crossing New Horizons is the fifth game in the Animal Crossing series and so far has sold 31 million copies. A lot of people think Animal Crossing is for kids, but they're wrong. Animal Crossing is a fun and easy game for all ages. Animal Crossing can also be educational. There are so many hidden secrets which are really fun to crack. The game can be hard at times, but that doesn’t mean you need to quit. If needed, take a break, but don’t give up on something you like doing.
Getting started can be a little hard when it comes to Animal Crossing. When you first start the game, you will show up at an airport with Timmy and Tommy. Timmy and Tommy are brothers that are both a big help throughout the game. At the airport, you will create your character, and plus you will also put your real name into the game or make something up. The best part about the beginning in the airport is picking the shape of your island, but you only get four choices to choose from. After Timmy and Tommy are done explaining what you have to do, when you get to your island, you're off. When you get to your new island Timmy and Tommy will lead you to the plaza with two randomized villagers. The beginning characters are always randomized, but you can get many others in the future.
Characters and Building Up
There are too many characters to go over them all, but I will go over the most important characters that will help build your island up. In Animal Crossing there are exactly three hundred ninety seven villagers in total. When you first start the game, you get two characters that are randomized. The villagers that you get will always have the same personality meaning any female villager that you get will have a sisterly personality and a male villager will have a jock personality. These personalities can be found in many villagers, but there are also many more personalities.
Now after you got to your island and met Tom Nook and your villagers, you're wondering how you get the museum or the Able Sisters shop, right? To get the museum all you have to do is catch at least five bugs or fish with a net or a fishing rod. After you catch at least five creatures you give them to Tom Nook, and then he will call his old friend, Blathers. At first Blathers will just have a tent, but if you catch a good amount of creatures and collect some fossils he will tell you that he wants a museum. Blathers will also give you a few helpful DIY recipes.
The next shop that you’re going to want is Nook’s Cranny. Nook’s Cranny is a shop where you buy furniture for your house or the outdoors. Nook’s Cranny will also sell fruit, wallpaper, flooring, DIY recipes, and more. To get this shop you have to buy a few things from Timmy, and he is located in the Resident Services tent. After he wants to build a shop you have to collect thirty soft wood, hard wood, and wood, plus you have to give him thirty iron nuggets. At first this shop will feel cramped, but don’t worry--after a while, Nook’s Cranny will expand.
The last major shop is the Able Sisters. The Able Sisters is a clothing shop run by, you guessed it, two sisters. Mable and Sable make a great team running the shop together. Ok, so to get this shop you have to wait until Mable comes to your island. Mable will set up a little cart in the plaza where she will sell a few clothing products. In my game, I had to wait two to three times before I got the shop, but for my sister Mable only had to come once. The number of times Mable comes must be different for everyone. After you get the shop you have more options for clothing now. Mable will talk more than Sable at first, but if you keep talking to Sable she will warm up to you.
The last building I will tell you about is the upgraded Resident Services building. When you get this building on your island, Tom Nook will introduce you to Isabelle. Isabelle is a very nice character who loves to help. She talks a lot, but she does care about what you have to say. When trying to build up your island rating you can ask Isabelle for advice, but the advice that she gives could be confusing or just annoying. These buildings are really good to have on your island. Also there are more shops but that would be too many to go over.