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Animal Crossing: New Horizons-themed Nintendo Switch hardware coming in March

Tom Nook will make you pay, one way or another

Photo of the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo Switch hardware in its dock Photo: Nintendo
Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Nintendo this March will release a special edition of the Nintendo Switch inspired by Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the upcoming life simulation game. The special edition hardware will arrive March 13 — one week before Animal Crossing: New Horizons hits North America — and will cost $299.99.

The system has a real vacation vibe to it; the included Joy-Cons come in a minty blue and green color scheme, and the back of the Switch features a design with waves, Animal Crossing characters, furniture, and other accents. The Switch dock is also New Horizons-themed, featuring an illustration of Tom Nook and his boys Tommy and Timmy on a mini tropical island. It’s a good looking piece of hardware.

Here’s another look at the Animal Crossing Switch:

And, to keep this lovely console in good working order, Nintendo is also releasing an Animal Crossing: New Horizons “Aloha Edition” carrying case and screen protector the same day (pricing was not announced). Here’s a clearer look at that:

Animal Crossing: New Horizons comes to the Switch on March 20, for $59.99. The latest entry in the Animal Crossing franchise sends players to an island paradise, thanks to Nook Inc.’s Deserted Island Getaway Package. Players can start a new life from scratch on their deserted island, decorating their home, crafting tools and items, and customizing their vacation experience.

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