A new trademark filing by Nintendo could indicate that Animal Crossing Switch is on the horizon.
Uncovered by Japanese Nintendo, a new trademark has been filed for the Animal Crossing series, which covers it for use on smartphone devices, home video game systems and portable video game systems. The first application would likely cover the recently released Animal Crossing Pocket Camp – however the latter applications strongly indicate that Animal Crossing Switch could be imminent.
Although the series has been a mainstay of Nintendo consoles since the N64, we’re actually long overdue a core Animal Crossing release – it’s been six years Animal Crossing: New Leaf appeared on the 3DS and a whole decade since the last home console version with the Wii’s Animal Crossing: Let’s Go To The City in 2008.
A Switch version would actually make a lot of sense for the series, which was always much more at home on the DS and 3DS than it was the GameCube and Wii. The casual pick-up-and-play nature of the life simulation game would be the perfect fit for Nintendo’s hybrid console.
Further digging on the recent trademark applications suggest that Nintendo might also be planning to release a plethora of Animal Crossing merchandise, including stuffed animals, game machine controllers, board games, playing cards, and carrying cases. Most of this stuff is already in existence though, so it could be that Nintendo is merely planning to update their line.
Given the vast majority of their key franchises have been confirmed for the Switch, Animal Crossing was always likely to join them at some point. This trademark application could mean we’ll be seeing Animal Crossing Switch sooner rather than later.