It’s been nearly 10,000 years since the last Animal Crossing: New Horizons reveal (okay, more like a week), but a new 30-second Japanese trailer (along with its English counterpart) and artwork have been revealed for the game and there’s a handful of new details we can glean from them.
New Animal Crossing: New Horizons trailer
The video starts off with Tom Nook and his nephews Timmy and Tommy presenting Animal Crossing: New Horizons to an audience. In the crowd we can see Julian the horse, Teddy the bear, Colton the horse, Isabelle (who, while confirmed for the game, hadn’t been seen at all since the game’s announcement), Wolfgang the wolf, Chrissy the rabbit, Lolly the cat, Stitches the cub, Peanut the squirrel, Bill the duck, Marshal the squirrel, Gladys the ostrich, Hamlet the hamster, Goose the chicken, Fuchsia the deer, and Carrie the kangaroo (who hadn’t returned to the series since Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and the Welcome amiibo update to New Leaf).
Once the video gets to real footage of New Horizons, we can hear a pretty catchy new rendition of the Animal Crossing: New Horizons theme song. We see a tour of an island with coconut trees and apple trees with a cicada on one of them, a shell on the shore, and a piece of wood near the river. Rosie the cat and Margie the elephant can also be seen (from the head down) in the audience between scenes.
A girl is then seen whacking a tree with an axe. Goldie the dog and Fauna the deer can be seen in the next audience scene along with Francine the rabbit, Flip the monkey, and Rosie the cat. A male or female character can be seen applying a path to the floor wearing a helmet with the Nook leaf logo before the video transitions to a scene of a very excited Isabelle. Finally, the trailer ends on a shot of the Japanese box art along with the title’s March 20th, 2020 release date.
Not a ton of new information can be discovered in these new screenshots other than the stone bridge in the third one and the scarecrow in the fifth. Also worth noting, though, is the fact that Kiki the cat is wearing a pair of glasses in the fifth screenshot. Does this mean that we can customize villagers’ appearances like we do in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp?
Finally, we have the full box artwork here:
In this photo we can see two never-before-seen player characters, Tom Nook and the Nooklings, Apollo the eagle, Bunnie the rabbit, Rod the mouse, Filbert the squirrel, and Fuchsia the deer. More interestingly, though, we can see a new render of Isabelle in a brand-new outfit that looks like it belongs to Nook, Inc. This may imply Isabelle will be working for Tom Nook when she finally appears in players’ towns. Two new characters can also be seen: a beaver with blue eyes roping in a sea bass and a literal dodo next to the Dodo Airlines seaplane. Who are these newbies? Could the beaver be related to Chip the beaver, who’s traditionally been associated with fishing tourneys in the main series of Animal Crossing games and, more recently, Pocket Camp?
Finally, Harvey from Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo can be seen in the far distance outside a secluded island cabin — a confirmation of his return in this game. What role might he play in New Horizons? We can only speculate…
Animal Crossing: New Horizons launches for Nintendo Switch on March 20th, 2020. Have you noticed anything else outside of what we discovered in the trailer and new screenshots? Let us know in the comments!
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