Animal Crossing: New Horizons Amiibo Functionality Explained

Nintendo revealed a ton of new information about Animal Crossing: New Horizons during the game’s dedicated Direct presentation. On top of showing off a variety of welcome quality-of-life improvements, new features like terraforming, and providing a look at how Switch Online app integration will work, the company also confirmed New Horizons will support Amiibo.

New Horizons will be compatible with both the Animal Crossing Amiibo figures as well as the Amiibo cards. By scanning an Amiibo, you can invite that character to your island’s campground. You can also take photos with them in a new photoshoot mode called Photopia.

There are currently 16 different Animal Crossing Amiibo figures, many of which can still be found for cheaper than their release price. Given that New Horizons is one of the most anticipated Switch games of the year, you’ll probably want to snap up some of these Amiibo while you can, in case their price increases closer to the game’s launch. We’ve rounded up where you can snag each Amiibo figure–as well as some other great Animal Crossing-themed gear–in our Animal Crossing accessory guide.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons arrives on Nintendo Switch on March 20. Many retailers are offering their own unique pre-order bonuses for the title, such as the adorable bell bag at Best Buy. You can learn more in our Animal Crossing: New Horizons pre-order guide. The game is also available to pre-order digitally on the Switch Eshop and is eligible for the Switch voucher program (if you have any game vouchers remaining).

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