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Animal Crossing Switch is out in 2019 and Nintendo is driving us nuts already

This was the most painful teaser ever, Nintendo

artwork of Tom Nook in Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo/YouTube

Animal Crossing is officially heading to Nintendo Switch. It’s out in 2019. We’re all freaking out about it, naturally.

But what we’re most losing our cool over is that Nintendo completely trolled us with this reveal. We were first treated to some nice footage of Isabelle, the mayor’s assistant from Animal Crossing: New Leaf. She walked around the office, thinking to herself, “What if I was mayor for a while?”

We all cheered for her. “Yes, Isabelle,” we thought. “Star in a Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing game where you’re the mayor and we’re your doting lieges!”

But nope. Nope, nope, nope. Right out of our hands, Nintendo tore away our dreams and instead threw Isabelle right into the fray. She’s a fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, where we’ll be forced to beat this beautiful poodle into a Teen-rated pulp against our wishes.

But then. But then!

But then.

Nintendo always has a “One more thing!” during its Direct presentations. This one starred Tom Nook, who looked higher resolution than he ever has. He talked about how busy he’d been lately; that’s why he was still at his office so late. He’s been camping, he’s been selling real estate, et cetera. Maybe he just needs to take a break.

Just kidding, again. Tom Nook doesn’t take breaks when there are bells to be made!

And thus: A mainline Animal Crossing is coming to Nintendo Switch, 2019.

Thank you, Nintendo.