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Animal Crossing tips: Our guide to getting started in New Horizons


After what feels like an eternity – okay, it’s only been eight years but we’ve been counting every day – a new Animal Crossing is upon us. And as our review explains, it’s a pretty good one too.

Those first few days in Animal Crossing can be a bit bewildering – especially if you’re new to this most eccentric of series – so here’s a few handy Animal Crossing New Horizons tips to help you make the most of your first few days as an islander.

And, once you’re fully settled on the island, check out our list of other guides at the end of this page – which includes various money making opportunities and material sources – and will be expanded upon in the days and weeks after release.

Don’t fret too much about those first big decisions

New Horizons offers a much more flexible take on the Animal Crossing, and many elements are there to be crafted – and re-crafted – by you. So when you’re picking out your first pitch for your home, don’t worry if it’s not perfect – soon enough you’ll be able to relocate (for a small fee, of course).

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The same goes with big facilities, which can be relocated by simply talking to Tom Nook at Resident Services. Oh, and you don’t even need to worry about your appearance – you can now change your features, or indeed your gender, at any point after you acquire or build a mirror.

And in this new Animal Crossing, I wouldn’t even be bothered if your first island layout isn’t quite how you want it. Terraforming is an option that won’t come until you’re quite some way into your new island life, but it does mean you can resculpture cliffs or reroute rivers with ease at some point down the line.

So there’s no need to spend your first few hours with Animal Crossing: New Horizons worrying about getting things just right – there’s plenty of room for adjustment here.