Ever since the first entry in the Animal Crossing franchise was released on the Gamecube in 2001, the series has been a hit with Nintendo fans. It was a simulation game like no other — the primary purpose of the game was to make friends with your cute animal neighbors. You could decorate your home, shake fruit from trees for money, dig for fossils, fish for sharks, and all kinds of other fun activities. It’s such a simple concept, but surprisingly addictive.
In 2005, the series would then makes its transition into the handheld world, with Animal Crossing: Wild World on the Nintendo DS. Now players could check in on their furry, scaly, and winged friends whenever they wanted, and not just at home. The series would then return to consoles with the Wii’s City Folk in 2008 and back to handhelds with the 3DS hit New Leaf in 2012.
If the series comes to the Nintendo Switch, we will be getting the best of both worlds. It’s certainly nice to play Animal Crossing on the big screen to get a better look at the bug you just caught. But it’s just as great to play the game on the go. The Switch will of course let players do both. An Animal Crossing Switch game seems inevitable, but will it ever happen?
As of now, Nintendo has never confirmed nor denied that there will be a new game in the series for the Switch. However, GamesRadar reports that the company has filed for a new Animal Crossing trademark, which could mean that another game is in the works. As the franchise still remains very popular, a Switch game is a no-brainer, so hopefully we can get something more concrete from Nintendo soon.
For now, 3DS owners can still play New Leaf and its spin-off Happy Home Designer. Another spin-off released last year, Pocket Camp, is available to play on mobile devices — watch the preview video for it below!
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