Animal Crossing: New Horizons reportedly banned in China


Reports are suggesting that Animal Crossing: New Horizons is banned in China. PingWest reported today that Alibaba’s ecommerce platform, Taobao, sent an order to sellers that shuts down all import sales of the game. The order covers sales of the game itself, any merchandise, and the limited edition Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch. The order does not affect the sales of standard Switch hardware models or the Switch Lite, showing that the order specifically targets the latest Animal Crossing game.

Nintendo Switch only launched in China late last year when Nintendo partnered with Tencent. Even so, Animal Crossing: New Horizons hasn’t seen a Chinese release yet. Users in the region are playing imported copies of the game, which has a Chinese option already. Chinese Switch users are worried that if a localized version of the game is in the pipeline, it will be altered with restrictions on the creative freedom given to players.

The most likely reason for this ban on the sale of the game in the region is due to users making use of various features to protest. Bloomberg has reported that many players are using the game to highlight the political struggles in Hong Kong. Joshua Wong, one of Hong Kong’s most famous democracy campaigners, has actually shared his messages on Twitter using screenshots from the game.

What do you think about Animal Crossing: New Horizons apparently being banned in China?


Jamie Sharp
Started out playing Metroid 2 on the GameBoy at around 5 years-old, and now I write about games all day long. Can't play Switch and drive, I've tried. As time goes on the Switch is quickly becoming my favourite console of all time.