Animal Crossing: New Horizons introduces NookLink, allowing players to download designs from older games

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Animal Crossing New Horizons Nook Link

Animal Crossing New Horizons Nook Link (Image credit: Nintendo)

What you need to know

  • Nintendo has just held an Animal Crossing Direct stream.
  • In addition to the other info, the stream revealed details on NookLink, an upcoming smartphone app.
  • NookLink will allow players to import designs from older games, as well as voice chat with each other.
  • You can preorder Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Nintendo Switch for $60 at Amazon.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is bringing plenty of new features to the series, one of which is Nook Link. As detailed during a recent Animal Crossing Direct stream, Nook Link is a real-world smartphone app coming after the game's launch. Nook Link will allow you to scan Design QR Code patterns from the previous games in the series, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer.

Those codes can be used to import designs for items like t-shirts and more. If you missed the stream earlier, you can check it out in the video below.

Since it's a smartphone app and this is Nintendo we're talking about, NookLink is part of the Nintendo Switch Online app, so it also allows players to communicate with each other via typed messages or voice chat. NookLink does not have an exact release date but Nintendo says it will launch sometime in March shortly after the game is out.

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