Animal Crossing: New Horizons Uses The Switch Online App In Clever Ways

Nintendo shared a wealth of new details about Animal Crossing: New Horizons during its Animal Crossing Direct broadcast. As we recently learned through the company’s website, New Horizons will support the rarely used Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app, and now we know exactly how it’ll be used.

Shortly after New Horizons launches, the title will get its own game-specific service in the NSO app called Nook Link. Among other things, you can use this feature to scan QR codes of patterns designed in the series’ 3DS games, New Leaf and Happy Home Designer, letting you import those patterns into New Horizons easily.

Nook Link also lets you communicate with other players when playing. Not only can you voice chat through the app, as you can with a handful of other Switch games, but you are also able to type out text messages. These messages will then be displayed in the game as a speech bubble above your character’s head.

Nintendo hasn’t specified when the Nook Link service will go live, only noting that it will roll out “soon after” New Horizons launches next month. To use the app (as well as New Horizons’ other online features), you’ll need to have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. Individual memberships cost $4 for one month, $8 for three months, and $20 for a year. Nintendo also offers an annual Family Plan that costs $35 and covers up to eight Nintendo Account holders across multiple systems.

New Horizons launches exclusively for Switch on March 20. There’s still time to pre-order the game, and a handful of retailers are offering their own unique pre-order incentives, such as the adorable bell bag bundle available at Best Buy. You can learn more in our Animal Crossing: New Horizons pre-order guide.

Nintendo Switch News & Announcements

  • Top New Games Out On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Week — February 16-22, 2020
  • The Best Nintendo Switch Games Of All Time
  • Nintendo Adds New Switch Lite Color
  • Coronavirus Could Put Nintendo Switch in Short Supply
  • SNES Switch Controllers Are Back In Stock, But You Might Want To Hurry

GameSpot may get a commission from retail offers.

Source: Read Full Article