‘Animal Crossing’: What You Need to Get Started

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Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing Game
Go fishing with your friends!Unsplash/Sara Kurfess

The popularity of Animal Crossing: New Horizons doesn’t look like it will die down any time soon! It’s an easy-to-learn, soothing game you can play with far away friends. To join in on the fun and start visiting your friends’ islands, you’ll need to invest in a few products.

Animal Crossings New Horizons - Nintendo Switch [Digital Code]

The Game

The digital download provides an instant way to access all the fun, with no shipping required.Nintendo

Nintendo’s hit series Animal Crossing has released its newest version, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, to much fanfare. This game is a great starting point for people without much video game experience. The slow pace and gentle aesthetic resonates with children and adults alike and provides a way for people to play with their friends, no matter how far.

Nintendo Switch with Neon Blue and Neon Red Joy‑Con

The Platform

The Nintendo Switch is a portable way to play lots of different games, not just Animal Crossing.Nintendo

To play Animal Crossing New Horizons, you’ll need the video game console: either a Nintendo Switch or a Switch Lite. A Switch includes detachable remotes so you can play on your television as well on the handheld gaming console.

The Switch Lite is a more affordable option that has a smaller screen and doesn’t offer the ability to play games from your console to your television. If you don’t imagine you’ll be gaming much aside from Animal Crossing, a Switch Lite is probably the best choice for you.

Nintendo Switch Online 12-Month Individual Membership [Digital Code]

The Add-On

Save money by buying a Nintendo Switch Online Membership for 12 months.Nintendo

In order to play Animal Crossing with friends, you’ll need to purchase a Nintendo Switch Online Membership. It also includes other benefits, such as classic Nintendo games, cloud storage and a smartphone app.