There is no question that Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) has been a smash hit for Nintendo. It sold more copies in March 2020 (5 million globally) than any other console videogame in history. Now there are a ton of people playing it and no shortage of fun and helpful apps and websites to help take your game experience to the next level. Let’s take a look at some of my favourites this week:
The ‘Stalk Market’ in the game is probably one of the easiest and fastest ways to make bells (the in game currency). But it can be risky if you only try to turn a profit on your own island and have a down week.
Turnip prices fluctuate twice a day on what they are bought for (Monday – Saturday) and different islands have different sell prices on Sundays when Daisy Mae visits in the mornings. Turnip.Exchange is a website that looks to help you find the right place to buy or more importantly sell your turnips for maximum bell profits. The layout emulates a bulletin board and fits with the ACNH look nicely.
You can either find an island with a high buy price or be a host if you have a good one on yours. The cost to do this ranges by island and is set by the players. Everything from completely free, tips appreciated to an entrance fee to visit an island. The website handles the queuing and will notify of your place in line and reveal a Dodo Code when it’s your turn to visit. You can also find islands that have special guests like Celeste who can give you special and hard to find DIYs.
Get in quick, follow the posted rules and profit!
Once you’ve unlocked terraforming on your island (once K.K. Slider comes for a concert), you’ll be wanting to make changes to your layout. This can be overwhelming since you can change the entire island landscape (albeit slowly).
If you want to plan things out, visit Happy Island Designer in your web browser and get to making changes before you put on your hard hat in game. You can also upload an image if you want to ‘trace’ a design in your layout.
Of course, shopping is a huge part of the game as is hoarding of all the shiny things. But what if you don’t have that missing arcade machine, you could wait until it shows up in your shop or you can use Nookazon and deal with other players that already have the item you seek.
Prices vary as do ways to do the trade/deal but expect some profiteering to happen as people mark up the highly desirable items. Of course, you can also sell your own items too. This is also an easy way to see what is actually available in game to hoard….I mean collect.
Sometimes, it’s good to know what you have or are missing while visiting another island or even when you’re outside of the game (which is probably never).
ACNH Travel Guide ($3.99 | iOS only at this time) is your ultimate catalog of everything you’ve found or acquired in the game. It’s perfect for quickly knowing what fossils you’ve left to find and which colour of pool table you’re missing.
Regular updates with new items and events added and even some in-app links to other tools make it a worthwhile purchase. Note that it only works with iPhones, no iPad support currently. You also have to manually update the app with your actual items which sounds worse than it actually is. Quick taps on the items will check them off your list quickly.