Re-create the town

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Tom Nook warning the player about deleting their island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Re-create the town (known as rebuild town in Wild World and City Folk and build a new town in Animal Crossing) is an option in the Animal Crossing series that allows the player to delete their existing town and create a new one. When selecting the option to delete the save data, the character that the player sees when booting up the game will be shocked and will warn them that the process cannot be reversed.


Prior to Welcome amiibo[edit]

Bob asking the player if they really want to build a new town in Animal Crossing.

In Animal Crossing, Animal Crossing: Wild World, Animal Crossing: City Folk, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf prior to the Welcome amiibo update, selecting "re-create the town" deletes all data in the existing town and the new town is not affected in any way by it.

In Welcome amiibo[edit]

Tom Nook giving a price for the player's town in Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo, once the town's Town Tree has reached its third stage of growth (50 days and 50 hours), selecting "Re-create the town" and "I want a new town!" causes Tom Nook to appear. Nook offers to purchase the player's town, giving a price of several million Bells that varies based on the player's progress; the Bells from the player's savings are added to the total, and the player can also choose to sell their catalog.

The player can then choose to have all Bells instantly deposited into the ABD in the new town or split into 100 daily payments with 10% interest. If the player agrees and the Reset Surveillance Center is built in their current town, Mr. Resetti appears to send them off and ask them to rebuild the Reset Surveillance Center in their new town. Afterward, the game switches to the introduction sequence on the train and plays out like normal. Until the game saves when the player plants the Town Tree in this new file, their old save is intact and can be returned to if the game is reset.

In the new town, the player has access to the Bells earned in the sale, their catalog (if it is not also sold), and any public works projects unlocked in the previous town.[nb 1]

In New Horizons[edit]

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, islands cannot be deleted in-game. Tom Nook, who allows non-Resident Representative players to be deleted, will tell the Resident Representative to delete their data via the Nintendo Switch system settings to delete their island. Like in games prior to Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo, the new island is not affected by the previous one; however, the dreams of deleted islands are not deleted and can still be visited.[1]



  1. Only public works projects requested by villagers are unlocked in the new town.


  1. @rxgamer95 on X (formerly Twitter) (August 14, 2020). Archived from the original on August 15, 2020. Retrieved March 14, 2021.