Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct Announced for Thursday, February 20

Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct Announced for Thursday, February 20 - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 18 February 2020 / 1,552 Views

Nintendo has announced it will host an Animal Crossing focused Nintendo Direct for Thursday, February 20 at 6am PT / 9am ET / 2pm GMT.

The Nintendo Direct will be around 25 minutes and will focus on Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It will feature an "in-depth look at Nook Inc.’s Deserted Island Getaway Package!"

Here is an overview of the game:

If the hustle and bustle of modern life’s got you down, Tom Nook has a business venture up his sleeve that he knows you’ll adore: his brand-new, ultra-exclusive Nook Inc. Deserted Island Getaway Package!

Sure, you’ve crossed paths with colourful characters near and far. Had a grand old time as one of the city folk. May’ve even turned over a new leaf and dedicated yourself to public service! But deep down, isn’t there a part of you that just longs for…freedom? A chance to do what you want, when you want? Then perhaps a long walk on the beach of a deserted island, where a rich wealth of untouched nature awaits, is just what the doctor ordered!

Peaceful creativity and charm await as you roll up your sleeves and make your new life whatever you want it to be.

Collect resources and craft everything from creature comforts to handy tools. Embrace your green thumb as you interact with flowers and trees in new ways. Set up a homestead where the rules of what goes indoors and out no longer apply.

Make friends with new arrivals, enjoy the seasons, pole-vault across rivers as you explore, and more!

Key Features:

  • Customise your character and home, and decorate the landscape (with furniture, if you like!), as you create your very own island paradise.
  • Experience a robust new crafting system – collect materials to construct everything from furniture to tools!
  • Enjoy a variety of relaxing activities like gardening, fishing, decorating, interacting with charming NPCs, and more, as classic Animal Crossing experiences come to life in fun new ways within the deserted-island setting.
  • Up to eight players can reside on an island; four residents of the same island can play together simultaneously on a single system.
  • Eight players can play together on one player’s island via online multiplayer or local wireless.

Your new home is still being prepared – why not check out these other Animal Crossing games until it's time to move in?!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons will launch for the Nintendo Switch on March 20, 2020.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Darwinianevolution (on 18 February 2020)

... Just an Animal Crossing Direct? What is Nintendo waiting for?

xMetroid (on 19 February 2020)

They're probably getting the info out of the way for a general direct in the future imo

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Nu-13 (on 18 February 2020)

I guess we can still hope hor the traditional early march direct after this. But the painful wait has to go on.

Jumpin (on 18 February 2020)

I think Nintendo is only going to do indie multi-game Directs outside of those coinciding with major game shows going forward. They have been phasing out Directs through the Switch generation with fewer each year when once they had one per month. There was a lot of backlash from Nintendo fans against Iwata's strategies, and so they have been gradually dismantling them.

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Pajderman (on 19 February 2020)

"a lot of backlash from Nintendo fans against Iwata's strategies"
This is new to me, I think that the general response of the directs is a very positive one. I cannot think of anyone that said the directs is bad, some complaint about what is announced and some, like now, when many are starved of news. But never against the concepts of directs.

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javi741 (on 18 February 2020)

Well the real Direct drought CONTINUES. We don't know anything about 2020 for the Switch. Been quite a quiet year for gaming all around

Jumpin (on 18 February 2020)

Sure we do, they release stuff on Switch News and their YouTube channel all the time.

My guess is that they're phasing Nintendo Directs out so they can focus on promoting games that either just released or have an imminent release.

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Amnesia (on 18 February 2020)

They must be thinking a lot about this to limit the hurt from the production...The launch of this game is screwed up. When it will come at the end of March there won't be stock of console everywhere.

Jranation (on 18 February 2020)

They are launching a Pink Switch Lite in Japan on March 20. Perhaps they have stock for the Switch lite.

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axumblade (on 18 February 2020)

Not the direct I was hoping for but still excited about it!