Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Will it come to PlayStation 4, Xbox One or 3DS?
The success of Animal Crossing: New Horizons since launch has been evident both commercially and critically, which might lead some to believe that the game could be heading to a Sony or Microsoft console, or even the Nintendo 3DS. Unfortunately, the likelihood of such a move from Nintendo is virtually non-existent.
The idea of Nintendo sharing one of their most prized franchises with Sony or Microsoft is one that should be wiped from memory and forgotten. We've seen the two companies share some of their exclusives, but never any of their flagship titles. Sony recently announced that Horizon Zero Dawn will be making its way to PC, and Microsoft has licensed Cuphead and Ori and the Blind Forest to port to the Switch.
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However, these are not games that have been released recently. Instead, these games have been around for years on their mainline consoles with exclusivity deals, and now represent another way to squeeze extra cash out of an otherwise out-of-print title. For Nintendo to want to give up the leverage that comes with having Animal Crossing: New Horizons only on the Wwitch, it would take something massive given in return.
What's less clear to some gamers is why the game isn't coming to the Nintendo 3DS. After all, both New Horizons and New Leaf share the same simple, colorful design style in their characters and environments, as seen below, and neither is exactly a resource hog like other games might be. require of their equipment.
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The answer is probably a combination of factors. First, while the games run with a similar aesthetic, the Nintendo Switch is far more powerful than a 3DS, which is odd to point out, as the Switch is usually the underdog compared to a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. the numbers don't lie. A Nintendo 3DS registers at 4,8 GFlops and was released in 2022, a PS Vita has 51,2 GFlops and was released the same year, while a Switch has a whopping 512 GFlops.
Simply put, this difference leaves the 3DS in the dust, and while it's safe to say that New Horizons might just settle for a graphical downgrade, Nintendo has long been striving to make the Nintendo Switch the spiritual successor to the 3DS. The Switch Lite has made that even clearer, and there's no reason to even consider a 3DS version of the game.
On the other hand, it's only a matter of time before some creative types release a fully playable homebrew Animal Crossing: New Horizons in Dreams, but that's about as far as one goes. might expect to see the series outside of Nintendo.
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