08 Apr 2021 9:14 AM +00:00

How Do Hemispheres Work In Animal Crossing New Horizons?

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is just hours away, and fans are getting excited.

Nintendo's slew or trailers, information and the Nintendo Direct has offered up some fresh information about the adorable island paradise we'll be winging our way too soon, including confirmation of varying hemispheres.

Here's what this addition means to New Horizons, and how it'll affect gameplay.

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How Do Hemispheres Work In Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

As with our very own Earth, Animal Crossing's world of talking animals is also formed of both North and South hemispheres.

In truth, there's no real difference between which either – other than the time of year in each.

For example, when the game launches on March 20, players that select the Northern Hemisphere will be beginning their island adventure in Spring, while those in the South Hemisphere will be beginning in Fall.

In case you're wondering which one to opt for, here's a quick rundown.

Spring will see cherry blossoms appear, and players can harvest flowers to make into flower rings.

In Summer, you'll find more bugs around and the sun will be shining more often.


Fall is where he leaves turn yellow and you'll find more fruits to harvest.

Finally, Winter is the ideal time to build a snowman or two, but wildlife will be less common.

As the time travel cheat can land you in any season you choose, regardless of the hemisphere, you'll be able to get your hands on the specific bugs and fish only around in specific seasons.