What you need to know
- The Animal Crossing amiibo cards with Sanrio-themed characters will be released for the first time in the United States.
- The cards will be sold at Target for $5.99 in the United States and will include all 6 cards.
- A re-print is coming to the United Kingdom, Europe and Japan as well.
Nintendo recently announced that a global re-print of the coveted Animal Crossing Sanrio Collaboration amiibo which will be compatible with Animal Crossing: New Horizons will be released on March 26th. The cards were previously released in the United Kingdom and Japan in 2016, with Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo players being able to invite Sanrio-themed villagers to their town and purchase Sanrio-themed furniture. Hello Kitty, Pompompurin, Little Twin Stars, Cinnamoroll, My Melody and Keroppi characters and furniture were showcased.
The Animal Crossing Sanrio Collaboration Pack comes to the US for the first time on 3/26, exclusively at @Target! You’ll be able to use these vibrantly designed amiibo cards in compatible games. @Sanrio #ACNH pic.twitter.com/SVqQSekQTjThe Animal Crossing Sanrio Collaboration Pack comes to the US for the first time on 3/26, exclusively at @Target! You’ll be able to use these vibrantly designed amiibo cards in compatible games. @Sanrio #ACNH pic.twitter.com/SVqQSekQTj— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) January 26, 2021January 26, 2021
The low-print run quickly made them a hot commodity, with prices quickly rising to hundreds of dollars on secondhand websites like eBay. The cards were also not released in the United States, giving players little choice but to buy them for exorbitant prices if they wanted legitimate copies.
The cards are compatible with Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but can only be used on Harvey's Island to allow the player to purchase Sanrio-themed posters through Nook Shopping. It is not yet clear whether Nintendo will allow for players to finally invite the themed villagers in New Horizons when the cards release in March. Nintendo has announced that a re-print will be issued in both Europe and Japan, which will hopefully discourage scalpers. Fans have been eager to invite these villagers into their towns in New Horizons, which has been one of the best games on the Nintendo Switch so far.
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Nadine is a freelance writer for iMore with a specialty in all things Nintendo, often working on news, guides, reviews, and editorials. She's been a huge Nintendo fan ever since she got to pet her very own Nintendog, and enjoys looking at Nintendo's place in the video game industry. Writing is her passion, but she mostly does it so that she can pay off her ever-growing debt to Tom Nook. Her favorite genres are simulation games, rhythm games, visual novels, and platformers. You can find her at @stopthenadness on Twitter, where she'll more than likely be reposting cute Animal Crossing content.