Island Ideas for Animal Crossing: New Horizons

If you’re anything like me, you probably can’t contain your excitement for Animal Crossing: New Horizons. I have been obsessed, and I mean, OBSESSED. It’s bad.

After the Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct, I needed an outlet for my hype. I had watched it multiple times, and that wasn’t enough to satisfy me, so I decided to revisit my old Animal Crossing: New Leaf town. (Fun fact, I actually bought the Animal Crossing-themed 3DS XL when it first launched. I literally bought the system for Animal Crossing, so that goes to show how much I love the series!)

Since then, I have sunk another 45+ hours into my New Leaf town, which is just a drop in the water compared to the number of hours I’ve played that game. I’ve also sorted through my old Animal Crossing amiibo and amiibo cards. I even set my Brewster plushie next to my tv to remind me that New Horizons is almost here…we are so close now!

Animal Crossing Amiibo picture

I’ve been channeling my energy into watching all the New Horizons footage out there, too, and recently, a new web app has been getting a lot of attention from fans. It’s called the Happy Island Designer, and it lets you plan out how you want your island to look.

Naturally, I couldn’t resist. The new terraforming abilities will allow you to have more control than ever, so the possibilities are endless.

Here was my first stab at creating my island vision:

A Screenshot of Jake's Island on Happy Island Designer

I really like the idea of having one section of island that is completely developed. When you step off the airplane from Dodo Airlines, you can follow the street right into downtown, where you have all the main attractions. Beyond that, you have a small village, with my house at the very end (my ego couldn’t resist).

The rest of the island is left to be very natural, like an actual deserted island, leaving you free to run off and enjoy some peace and quiet in nature. I also left a space on the second level and a section on the beach empty, which I figure could be used for fun activities, like a picnic area or a volleyball court.

I’m very excited to have a town with a third level—something we didn’t have in New Leaf. It may seem like a small detail, but the dimension added will make the island feel more vast. In my design, I’ve also included a third level with a waterfall, giving it a mystical feel.

What do you think of my island design? I definitely haven’t settled on this, but I like the concept. There are still a few variables that may affect the design, too, like other buildings we don’t know about yet and additional space for more villager houses.

Alternatively, I love the idea of building an island within an island.

Island Within an Island Concept Made With Happy Island Designer

Here, I’ve put my house right in the center of the island within an island, surrounded by a forest. I was going for that “mystical” feeling again, like a hermit wizard on his own private island.

Another concept I’ve been batting around is a developed downtown, without the villager houses. I like the style of the old games, where you have the villager houses spread out across the map, but I think it would be really cool to just head downtown and take care of all your chores and what not in one singular area. Need to do some shopping? Need to visit the museum? Need to cash in your Nook Miles? Great—you can do it all right here!

Developed Downtown Concept Made in Happy Island Designer

Those are just some of the ideas I’ve been considering, but I’m sure they will evolve once I get my hands on the game. Plus, the furniture will add a compelling factor to these designs. I need to see the full catalog we’re working with!

Anyway, I thought this was fun and wanted to share. If you want to create your own map, check out Eugeneration’s Happy Island Designer here, and don’t be afraid to share your creations! I’d love to generate some more ideas and see what creative stuff everyone comes up with.

We’re in the home stretch now—only one week away! I can’t wait!!!

If you’re looking for more Animal Crossing content, check out our posts: New Features That Might Appear in Animal Crossing for Nintendo Switch and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp — What It’s Like to Hit Level 99.

Thanks, and happy crossing!

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