- This article is about the pictures taken by the player. For the pictures of villagers given to the player, see Picture.
Photos are screenshots of gameplay that can be taken in Animal Crossing: City Folk, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons. A photo can be taken at almost any time during the game.
In City Folk
A photo can be taken by pressing the 1 button on the Wii Remote. The photo will capture everything shown on the screen at that time, including HUD elements such as the clock. To instantly view the photo, the 2 button can be pressed. The photo can then be saved to an SD Card, and then sent to the Wii, or later uploaded to the internet. The game will store only one photo at a time, and each new photo will erase the one previously taken. To take multiple photos, you must save each one to memory after it is taken and before taking another photo.
As City Folk predates the Wii System Update allowing for high-capacity storage, the game only supports SD Cards up to 2 GB. SD Cards exceeding 2 GB or SDHC/SDXC Cards will be considered an "unknown device" by the game and cannot be used to save pictures.
In New Leaf
A photo can be taken by pressing the left and right shoulder buttons simultaneously, and will capture any HUD elements displayed on the screen at the time of the photo. Only the top screen will be captured—it is not possible to take a photo of the touch-screen (without using third-party software). It is also not possible to take a photo in certain areas. All photos are saved on the SD Card, and can be viewed in the Nintendo 3DS Camera application.
The Nintendo 3DS has a limit of 3,000 photos that can be stored. When the limit is reached, a warning will be displayed saying that the player is no longer able to take photos.
The amiibo Camera is a feature introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo that has similar functionality to the Nintendo 3DS Camera but adds the ability to add villagers currently in town, including the player. The user can also add villagers using the amiibo feature by tapping their respective card or figurine. Once in the canvas, their position, rotation, size, and depth can be changed, as well as the image's lighting, canvas, and timestamp. The villagers' outfits are the ones they wear by default and cannot be changed, while the players' are their outfits during gameplay.
The amiibo Camera remembers which villagers have been there and their positions and emotions, and, after moving out, they will still appear in the application until they get removed by the user. The only way to reintroduce them is to scan their respective amiibo, or make sure they reappear in town.
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In New Horizons
In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, players can take a screenshot by pressing the Capture button on the Joy-Con or Pro Controller like any other Nintendo Switch game. However, on the NookPhone, there is a designated photo app unlocked from the start. Users can add several different filters and borders to customize their screenshots and take a screenshot with the + button.
A new addition to New Horizons is Harv's Island where the player can arrange various sets with props and villagers. These villagers can be residents from the player's island, or they can be characters scanned in via Amiibo.