Animal Crossing: New Horizons Delay

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‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ was delayed to 2020, and fans are losing it

Apparently, some people don't want to wait that long.


Ana Valens

Internet Culture

Posted on Jun 11, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 10:49 am CDT

It’s official: Animal Crossing 2019 is set for Nintendo Switch. Nintendo revealed the next installment in the main series, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, during its E3 2019 Nintendo Direct. Except there’s one problem: it’s actually coming out next year. Whoops.

News broke late Tuesday morning when Nintendo revealed nearly two minutes’ worth of gameplay footage for New Horizons. In the game, players travel to a deserted island and slowly build up a village with their new animal friends. It’s ridiculously wholesome, and the series looks as gorgeous as ever thanks to the Nintendo Switch’s graphical capabilities.

Fans immediately lost their shit.

But while there was plenty to love in the trailer, the clip ended on a bittersweet note: while the game was announced for a 2019 release last September, it was delayed today to March 20, 2020. Fans will now have to wait another nine months in order to get their hands on the game. And while some are handling the news well, others are struggling to cope.

“Why did they give us so much hope and then just destroy it?” one Redditor bemoaned.

Don’t forget you still need a Switch to play Animal Crossing if you don’t have one already.

For other fans, a release date from Nintendo is a pretty promising sign, and they’re happy to celebrate: even if they still have to wait a couple months.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons wasn’t the only Nintendo game revealed during E3 2019. Highlights also include Luigi’s Mansion 3 and a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Gaming icons Banjo & Kazooie are also headed to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Nintendo announced today, along with the hero from Dragon Quest.

For more highlights, check out today’s E3 2019 Nintendo Direct.


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*First Published: Jun 11, 2019, 1:03 pm CDT