Since news of the latest installment of the Animal Crossing franchise, all our friends could talk about was the upcoming release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Honestly, we never got into playing Animal Crossing when we first heard of it on the Nintendo Gamecube. However, by the fourth entry in the series, we knew we had to try it at least once so we could understand what all of our highschool friends were going on about.
And my oh my, did we sink some hours into New Leaf! So much, in fact, that we had a rundown of the new features added to the game in our New Leaf Clothing Guide!
But we digress, we are not here to talk about our love for this series, but we want to help players that are new to the series or are just looking at understanding one of the crucial features to this Nintendo staple. We are talking about the Amiibo integration with New Horizons.
Amigos? Ah, Me-Bohs? What are They?
Amiibos are a toys-to-life system created by Nintendo, which were first brought to the market in November 2014. Amiibos can be used on multiple Nintendo gaming consoles including: the Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, and Nintendo Switch. They are generally in the form of collectable figurines which are similar in form and functionality to Skylanders and Disney Infinity toys-to-life games.
Additionally, Amiibos can also come in the form of a card, making them easily portable and somewhat easier to find. These cards will be the focus of this article as they are more widely available but can sometimes be incredibly rare and may be only found online on websites such as eBay.
What Do Amiibos Do in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?
One of the main functions of the amiibo cards in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is to invite villagers to visit your island. To get them to do this, you need to build the “campground” on your island. Once you have the campground built, you’ll be able to use the Animal Crossing amiibo cards to invite the corresponding villager to your island. The villager will appear in your campground, making them easy to find.
Another function of amiibos in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is called Photopia. It is a special island in the game world where you can use representations of the various villagers to create photoshoots. These representations can be unlocked by using either amiibo figurines or amiibo cards in Photopia. Once unlocked, you can dress these models in a variety of clothing, assign them emotions to express, decorate the scene with props and pick out the camera direction before taking your photo.
How Do I Use Amiibos in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?
To use an amiibo, you will first need to unlock the “Town Hall”, and then access “Resident Services”. There you’ll find a bank machine-type device with a green leaf on its side. This ATM-thing will allow you to use your amiibo to use these functions. To use it, interact with the machine and then place your chosen amiibo or amiibo card on the NFC touchpoint on the right Joy-Con controller. However, if you’re not using the Joy-Con controller and instead are using a Pro Controller, then the NFC touchpoint is the Nintendo Switch logo near the top of the pro controller. “Resident Services” is available 24 hours a day, which means you’ll always have access to the amiibo bank machine.
Where Do I Collect Amiibos for Animal Crossing: New Horizons?
Generally, you will find amiibos in retail stores. However if they are from an earlier series, such as series 1 or series 2, they might be extremely difficult to find, and you will need to locate them on eBay or another such marketplaces. Completing a full set of amiibos can be incredibly rewarding and even be a good way to make money if you consider selling them.
If the physical amiibos aren’t enough, there’s the virtual cards to collect too! That’s right – amiibo cards are available too! Make sure you check them out!
Amiibos, Here We Come, Amigos!
With so many amiibos available in the game, there will bound to be a good many of them that capture and melt your hearts! In fact, we’re very sure Bob the Cat is one of them! Share your best photos of them with us here in Gamepleton!
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