Animal Crossing: New Horizons amiibo support and functionality detailed

Animal Crossing: New Horizons will feature a special island where you can take photos with characters brought to life in-game via amiibo figures and cards.

Yesterday, Nintendo dropped a big presentation about Animal Crossing: New Horizons. In it, the company went over a multitude of features the new game will have. Many features we expected, others were new and exciting but there was one in particular I was waiting to hear about… Amiibo.

Some people love them. Some people hate them. I LOVE them. So much so that I have my collection of 58 along the ceiling of my Living Room in a rough, Roy G Biv order as seen somewhat here.

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Photo taken by Eric Halliday, used with permission

Amiibo support has always been something that Animal Crossing: New Leaf fully embraced. Not only did they make a series of exceptional amiibo based off many of their characters, shown here from my collection…


Photo taken by Eric Halliday, used with permission

Photo taken by Eric Halliday, used with permission

But also, in realizing they had too many characters, they even made collectible cards that had amiibo chips inside them which were adorable. Not only that but they also allowed some really cool cross over work with other amiibo from other franchises.

An Inkling would have a Squid move into town who can sell you Splatoon themed clothing and furniture. There were also Legend of Zelda ones. And my favorite of all was when you’d scan a Japanese Monster Hunter amiibo, a Felyne (their cat people) would move in and bring a bunch of Monster Hunter-themed stuff with it.

Sadly, now, New Horizons doesn’t have as cool of an amiibo feature and that is definitely a shame. But it still is kinda cute, at least. Now if you scan any amiibo figure or card you have access to an amiibo island where you can take photos with that character. It’s not bad but at least it’ll let me get by my dude Resetti and that’s all anyone can ask for, right?

Photo taken by Eric Halliday, used with permission

If you haven’t the opportunity to get these though, good news. Until Gamestop notices Nintendo’s announcement (which I PROMISE will be soon) if you find a store near you that has them they’re only 4.99 a pop. That’s less than half off, making this a stellar time to stock up on these adorable gems.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons releases for Nintendo Switch on March 20, 2020. Starting packing your bags now.

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