Animal Crossing on Switch rumored for early 2019 release

Animal Crossing on Switch rumored for early 2019 release

Animal Crossing fans have been hungry for a new entry in the franchise for quite some time. The last mainline entry was New Leaf for 3DS back in 2012. While there were a handful of spinoff titles released since then, everyone is waiting for the next full simulation experience. Nintendo finally obliged Switch owners with the announcement that a new Animal Crossing is indeed coming. The reveal was made during the September Nintendo Direct with a broad release window of 2019. While that may seem far off, a recent rumor suggests we won’t have to wait too long into the new year.

Crossing Over

According to a source from LootPots, the new Animal Crossing could be seeing a release as early as late Q1. This has led to speculation that an April release is imminent as it coincides with the series’ 17 year anniversary. It’s also a release point that makes sense with it being a few months after other major releases with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe.

Animal Crossing on Switch rumored for early 2019 release

While this is by no means a confirmation, there is some credibility to be taken here. LootPots also had a source when correctly reporting the Pokemon¬†Meltan¬†will be added to the Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee games. Until we hear from Nintendo themselves, we have to reiterate that this release window is still speculation.

Very little has been revealed on Animal Crossing for Switch so far. The announcement was made after our favorite pup Isabelle was confirmed to be a fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It’s nice to see that Nintendo is showing plenty of love lately for this fan-favorite franchise. We just hope the 2019 title proves to be a big leap for the franchise that takes advantage of the Nintendo Switch horsepower compared to what was presented in New Leaf.

David Giltinan
David has been involved in games media since 2012 running his own blog, YouTube channel, being a founding member of RETRO Magazine, and now as host/producer of ARGcast - Another Retro Gaming Podcast. He also dabbles in voiceover and is occasionally a stunt double for Jude Law.