Nintendo Switch

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This article is about the video game console. For the item in New Horizons, see Nintendo Switch (New Horizons). For the Nintendo Switch Lite item in New Horizons, see Nintendo Switch Lite (New Horizons). For the item in New Horizons formerly known as Switch, see Light Switch (New Horizons).
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Upper image: Nintendo Switch docked and Joy-Cons
Lower image: Handheld mode
Available colors:
Manufacturer Nintendo
Type Home Console/Handheld hybrid
Release date(s) Worldwide March 3, 2017
Media Game Cartridge, Digital Download
Input JoyCon, Pro Controller, RingCon
Predecessor Wii U

The Nintendo Switch, codenamed "NX", is Nintendo's current video game console. Officially revealed via a trailer posted on Nintendo's YouTube and social media channels on October 20, 2016, it was released worldwide on March 3, 2017, with a suggested retail price of US$299.99. On September 13, 2018, Nintendo announced a teaser for the then-untitled Animal Crossing: New Horizons,[1] which was later released on March 20, 2020.

The Switch is a hybrid device: players can play it as a handheld console or as a home console using a TV-connected dock. Similar to the DS and 3DS, cartridges serve as the physical format of its games. The Nintendo Switch ecosystem was the first Nintendo system to use a paid online service known as Nintendo Switch Online. As such, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the first game in the Animal Crossing series where online is limited to paid users. The Nintendo Switch's built-in screenshot feature allows screenshots to be taken with the tap of a special square button on Nintendo Switch controllers; this also makes Animal Crossing: New Horizons the first mainline game not use an in-game screenshot system.

Prior to the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Nintendo released a special edition of the Switch for a limited time that features a New Horizons-themed dock and Joy-Cons. In September 2020, Nintendo announced the special edition console will return to retailers at an unknown date.[2]

The Nintendo Switch is also available as a furniture item in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Nintendo Switch Lite[edit]

Nintendo Switch Lite is the first redesign for the Nintendo Switch. It was announced on July 10, 2019, and released on September 20, 2019.[3]. The Switch Lite is a smaller and handheld only version of the Nintendo Switch, with no removable controllers. It is available in yellow, gray, turquoise, coral pink, and blue and costs $199.99.

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Available colors:
Manufacturer Nintendo
Type Handheld
Release date(s) Worldwide September 20, 2019
Media Game Cartridge, Digital Download
  • 2 × Analog sticks
  • D-pad
  • L/R/ZL/ZR buttons
  • A/B/X/Y buttons
  • -/+ buttons
  • Capture button
  • HOME button
  • Volume +/− buttons
  • Power button
Predecessor Nintendo 3DS
Successor None

Animal Crossing-related games[edit]

Game Image Release date(s)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Super Smash Bros Ultimate NA Cover Art.png Worldwide December 7, 2018
Animal Crossing: New Horizons NH Box NA.png Worldwide March 20, 2020

Appearances in the Animal Crossing series[edit]

  • The Nintendo Switch G and Nintendo Switch NB/NR appear as furniture items in Animal Crossing. The former is the gray Nintendo Switch variant while the latter is the neon-blue and neon-red Nintendo Switch variant
  • The Nintendo Switch and ACNH Nintendo Switch appear as furniture items in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The former is modeled after the standard Switch with neon red and blue Joy-Con controllers in handheld mode, while the latter is modeled after the New Horizons-themed Switch in its dock.
  • The Nintendo Switch Lite appears as an item in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, where it is available in the real-life colors of the Nintendo Switch Lite, except for Blue.
  • The Ring-Con appears as an item in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.


Profile icons[edit]

The Nintendo Switch has eighteen Animal Crossing profile icons. Twelve have been since the system's release and another six New Horizons-themed ones since the game's release.

In New Horizons[edit]


External links[edit]

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