The Animal Crossing series became a fast favorite among Nintendo fans after being released in the U.S. for the Nintendo Gamecube in 2002. The adorable characters and quaint town in this social simulation make it hard not to fall in love with the game as you become part of the neighborhood with each interaction. Since its release in 2020, gamers all over have been unable to contain their excitement for Animal Crossing: New Horizons. To keep your furry friends close where ever you go, we have found all the best Animal Crossing-themed accessories you can get for your Nintendo Switch.
Keep in mind that some of these items frequently go in and out of stock. In some cases, eBay is your only buying option; you'll want to be cautious and make sure to buy from a reputable seller.
The machine itself
The Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo Switch design set the internet on fire. The console's back features a subtle map design and some of the game's characters, and the Joy-Cons are a pastel mint green and light blue. This version of the Switch sold like hotcakes and is incredibly hard to find. Your best chance at getting one is through eBay or a similar source. When going this route for any purchases, you must make sure you're purchasing from a legitimate seller.
Give it a skin
If you already have a Nintendo Switch and aren't looking to trade it in but would like the Animal Crossing look, Controller Gear made a Nintendo Licensed skin you can get instead! Refresh your system with one of many Animal Crossing-themed options built to fit your Switch, base, and controllers, including this one of the Nook family.
Another way to bring Animal Crossing to your Nintendo Switch is with the new, pastel Joy-Cons. Get the great Animal Crossing look without repurchasing the console. These were not released separately in the U.S., but the Japanese alternatives are on eBay. It might be challenging to find an official pair, but If you are feeling handy, you can purchase shells to replace your red/blue or gray ones (I bet your villager would be proud).
Just in case
If you travel with your Nintendo Switch and don't have any way to protect it on the move, this Aloha Edition case is a great way to bring Animal Crossing style to your Switch accessories. In addition to the cute and eye-catching pastel leaf pattern, you will also get a screen protector to add to your system's protection.
Hard protection for the Lite
To give your Nintendo Switch Lite some extra protection without losing the flair, try out this Animal Crossing TPU Semi-Hard Cover. It has the cute Animal Crossing style on the back without blocking the color on the front, while the TPU material prevents scratches and impact damage.
Buddy up with the assistant mayor
As the town's assistant-mayor (in New Leaf anyway), Isabelle is one of the most popular Animal Crossing characters. Her amiibo is a cute and functional collectible item to have for other games like Super Smash Bros and will allow you to add her to a photoshoot on Harvey's island. Be sure to check out all of the other Animal Crossing amiibo, too!
Take control with the Nooks
If you prefer to play with a wireless controller instead of the Joy-Cons, this Timmy & Tommy Nook controller is one of two PowerA controller Animal Crossing options.
No strings attached
The other PowerA controller for Animal Crossing features K.K. Slider playing his guitar. This controller is also a wireless option to use in place of the Joy-Cons.
This Nintendo-licensed shoulder bag is a great option for those who prefer to travel light. It can carry the Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite with an additional pocket for accessories.
For the prepared traveller
For those who like to travel with a little more space (or a few more items), this tote bag is also Nintendo licensed for carrying the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite. It has pockets along the inside for game cases, a charger, and plenty of room in the main pocket to carry more.
Just the basics
Carry all your basic items in one place with this small hand pouch. It will fit a Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite and has a front pocket for things like headphones or small game cases. Pair it with one of the bags for a cute matching set, or take it on its own!
A sweet setup
Foldable and adjustable, sit back and play comfortably with your Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite set up in whichever of the three positions is your favorite. There is also a space for your cord so you can plug in the system.
Polyester on the outside, plush on the inside, this lightweight pouch offers a simple carrying solution with three Animal Crossing patterns to choose from. There is a zipper pouch for storage and a snap to keep your Switch safely in place.
A non-permanent option
With this padded dock cover, you can show your Animal Crossing spirit for now and remove it to add something else later! This cotton fabric goes over the front part of your dock without adding size to it and has a soft back to it for your Switch screen. It's a great option if you're not looking to commit to having designs on your system forever.
This Etsy store has a stylish, crossbody purse-like case with four fabric options for Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite systems. The strap is optional, detachable, and adjustable. Carry your games along, too, with five built-in game slots.
If keeping your game out of the case sounds like a risk, but carrying around the bulky box takes up too much space, these adorable mini-game storage keychains are the best of both worlds. Take your Animal Crossing: New Horizons game with you wherever you go. These cases are made to look like full-size boxes but are only the size of the game cards and attached to a key ring for easy travel.
Adding to your collection
To keep all your games in one place, you may consider a large game cartridge case like this one made to look like the Animal Crossing Edition of the Nintendo Switch. You can choose to get one for 30 or 60 games, fitted inside foam and snaps so your cartridges will be secure.
Switch it up
With two skins included in the purchase of this hardshell case, it's like getting two cases in one. These removable skins offer a way to switch up the look of your case from time to time, so you don't have to purchase a whole new one if you want something different for a while. It's officially licensed and can hold four Joy-Con Controllers, four Joy-Con sides, an AC power adapter, 12 game cartridges, and two microSD cards.
Wear it on your head
A good baseball cap is hard to come by; that's why when it does, you should swing at the opportunity. These baseball caps are adorned with logos of some of our favorite Animal Crossing characters.
Wear it on your feet
Wanna add the island flair to your everyday style? PUMA has not only these men's shoes, but an entire clothing and shoe line for men, women, and kids with the island's cute pastel theme, and some even feature the cute critters we know and love. (Or maybe don't love, looking at you Tom Nook...)
Bring the Animal Crossing town to your home!
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Some of these accessories were only released in Japan and can only be found on eBay or similar sites. There are ways to get these items in the states; it just takes some extra work. These items fit the latest game style and will give you a piece of Animal Crossing to take with you wherever you go.
To get the perfect photo of your ideal residents, invite them to the photoshoot with the individual amiibo figures like the amiibo Isabelle. Before you buy any amiibo accessories, make sure to understand the functionality of the amiibo on your island. How are you bringing Animal Crossing to your Nintendo Switch?
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Alex has been working with iMore as a Freelance Gaming Writer for three years. You can also find a few articles of hers on Android Central and Windows Central. She regularly covers Nintendo Switch games and accessories as well as iOS game apps. In addition to the Nintendo Switch, you may also find her playing on the PlayStation and PC. When she doesn’t have a controller in hand she likes to spend her time with her husband, son, and dogs, exploring new places, or hiding away with a book (or comic book). A few of her favorite games include the Zelda franchise, Little Nightmares, and Animal Crossing.
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