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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Allows You To Play In Southern Hemisphere For The First Time

For the first time in the series’ history, Animal Crossing fans can play within the southern hemisphere for the first time. Revealed during the Nintendo Treehouse stream after the Nintendo E3 Direct, players will be able to select whether they want to play in the northern or southern hemispheres – so they can match the seasons to where they live. So, if you’re playing in Australia or New Zealand, for example, you can now set the seasons to match your current lifestyle. A great move in our books.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons will launch for the Nintendo Switch on March 20th 2020 – delayed from its previous 2019 release date.

Source: Nintendo Treehouse


  1. I didn’t even know that.

    That seemed like something Nintendo should have done from the start.

    1. Did they talk about regional climates in the direct or something? I don’t remember anything like that. I just assume it’s going to be normal “AC climate”. Though, it would be an interesting feature.

      1. Since they’re letting us play in the southern hemisphere, I assume that’s what they meant that the climate of your island would depend on what region you are in. (I could be reading too much into it, though.)

    2. I think they’re strictly talking about seasonal changes. Previously, the games have always checked the current month and based the in-game season off of that alone. But now people from the south can experience the correct season for them, which currently would be early Winter.

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