Animal Crossing: New Horizons let you pick the hemisphere of your islands

Different hemispheres change the seasons of your Animal Crossing: New Horizons island, switching up when different activities are available.

Today’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct revealed that not only will you be able to pick between a selection of islands, you can even choose to be in the northern or southern hemisphere. 

Much like with the real world, the hemisphere you’re based in will affect when you travel through each season in the game, and the events that come along with each. That’s it, we’ve just confirmed that the world of Animal Crossing is a globe. Take that, flat earther animals! Essentially this option will allow you to chance whether months like July are in summer or winter! This will also affect the activities available to you.

Animal crossing hemisphere seasons
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The whole purpose of the Tom Nook Getaway Package is to let you enjoy life on a quiet island, so it’s no surprise that the game wants to give you a lot of freedom regarding the island you end up occupying. It’s also an important touch for players who actually live in the southern hemisphere, who otherwise would have had to put up with Animal Crossing rolling through seasons out of sync with themself. Nobody wants that for their island escape!

But hey, this is a holiday, so maybe you want to visit a place that’s summery while you’re in winter! We know we’d like to escape from our current deluge of rain in the real world. 

The Animal Crossing: New Horizons direct revealed plenty of other details about the game, including crafting systems, aggressive bees, an airport that lets you play co-op and much, much more. Be sure to catch up on the entire broadcast if you want further details on what to expect.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is due to release on March 20 for Nintendo Switch. It’s one of the most anticipated titles of the year, so be sure to check out our hub for the game. We’ll be covering plenty more information then just the option to pick your island Hemisphere in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

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Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video games stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at, or catch him on Twitter.


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