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Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Also known as: Atsumare Doubutsu no Mori (JP), Moyeobwayo Dongmur-ui Sup (KR), Jíhé La! Dòngwù Sēnyǒu Huì (TW/HK)
Developers: Nintendo EPD, Monolith Soft
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Released internationally: March 20, 2020

AnimationsIcon.png This game has unused animations.
AreasIcon.png This game has unused areas.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
ModelsIcon.png This game has unused models.
SoundIcon.png This game has unused sounds.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.

PrereleaseIcon.png This game has a prerelease article

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a notable departure from previous games in the series, shifting the focus from running the town to establishing a town on a deserted island. It was just what we all needed to escape the horrors of a sudden pandemic, not to mention the wealth of added customization options.

Though, there is much to be said about its controversial "drip feed content" approach, where the relatively barebones base game would receive new features with incremental updates, culminating in a massive Version 2.0.0 update in late 2021 that added a wealth of features (many of which were standard in earlier entries) and a DLC-based successor to Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer.


Read about prerelease information and/or media for this game.
Prerelease Info
Revisional Differences
LOTS of updates.

Unused Rooms


Unused room IDs exist for additional rooms for the Museum have existed since launch. Haniwa is the Japanese name for Gyroids.

Artwork and the art gallery were added in update 1.2, but the art gallery consists of only one room, not two like the IDs suggest. Gyroids and the café were added in the 2.0 update, but the museum shop still hasn't been added.

(Source: OatmealDome)

Unseen Content

Room Skyboxes

These are normally unseen in-game. Every room has a white skybox around the modeled area.

The Skybox around the small yellow tent you use when you first start the game. Inside is the room model.
The same model with the skybox removed.

Player's Bras

To do:
  • Get a rip of the raw model showing the bra.
  • Is the glitch described in the article still possible in newer versions?
Screencap of a glitch allowing players to see the hidden bra texture.

One aspect of New Horizons that stands out from earlier games is the rebranding of player genders to "styles," making the game more accessible to queer audiences. However, despite the name change, styles still have a hidden value assigned to them that corresponds to a gender binary. This affects the player character's model by adding a dark stripe across their chest, corresponding to a bra (albeit noticeably lower than where an actual bra would be worn), when the female style is selected. This element can't be seen in-game without the use of glitches, as removing a player character's shirt normally results in them wearing a plain white tank top regardless of style.

(Source: TheGamer)

Unseen Model


While in the island overworld, the model for the Dodo Airlines building contains an unseen low poly mesh for a desk on the inside. It is impossible to see this through normal gameplay.

(Source: Shesez)

Unused Text

Hey, are you the one visiting 
from [Town name]? 
You're [Player], yeah?

I knew it! When I first saw you, 
I said, 'I...don't know that person.'

I thought maybe you were maybe a spy or 
something... But what would you be 
spying on? I didn't know! 

THEN I remembered hearing we have 
a visitor who is definitely NOT a spy! 

Anyway, I'm Wilbur! Welcome to [Town name]! Enjoy your non-spying stay!

Wilbur is always stored out of bounds in the Airport behind Orville. However, he cannot be interacted with, and can only be seen in the short cutscene when you go to someone else's island. Unusually, talking to the out-of-bounds Wilbur while on someone else's island brings up the above text. This dialogue is normally used as one of a few greetings lazy villagers will give to players who are visiting another player's island as a guest. Wilbur does not have any other dialogue for being talked to in this map in other scenarios, prompting an empty speech bubble in those cases.

(Source: Shesez)
(Source: GoogleBen)

Unused Menus

Found within Animal Crossing: New Horizons exists several unused and unseen menus which were cut for one reason or another.

To do:
Showcase more cut menus.
(Source: Bidziilla)

Unused Sounds

Dummy Sounds


This is a .bfsar Dummy sound file with an unknown use.

Unused Debugging Modes

The game features code for a variety of debugging elements and features.

Debug Camera Display

ACNH Debug Cam.png

Present in every update since launch, exists a debug display for the games camera. It displays information on the cameras coordinates, angle, and more.
Setting the instruction at ram offset MAIN+0x27A2534 to 0x7100053F enables this. (2.0.6)

(Source: Bidziilla)

Unused Textures

Dummy Textures

All the Dummy textures. (Textures originally .dds files)

These are .Nin_NX_NVN model files containing only .dds texture files. They have an unknown use but they seem to be placeholders. Also, the gray dummy texture is misspelled as "gary", which is likely a typo or a mistranslation.

K.K. Slider's Guitar


While not unused, it is impossible to see the stickers on the back of K.K.'s guitar without requesting a song to be played. The texture reveals that they are "passes" with drawings of Brewster and Dr. Shrunk on each. These are references to past locations where K.K. has performed: The Roost (run by Brewster) in City Folk & Wild World, and Club LOL (run by Dr. Shrunk) in New Leaf.

(Source: Shesez, Ehm)

DJ K.K. Icon

1.0.0 2.0
ACNH DJ KK NH 1.0 Character Icon.png ACNH DJ KK NH Character Icon.png

At the initial release of the game (1.0.0, to be precise), an icon of DJ K.K. was present in the game data. Although DJ K.K. was added in the game in the 2.0 update, it was updated to give him headphones, with the headphone-less icon being left unused.

Unused Animations

Dummy Animations

CharactorAnimation10100\Animations\Skeletal Animations\Dummy

This is an unused dummy animation file. This file seems to be a placeholder.

Unused Reactions

Throughout New Horizons, the player can obtain Reactions, which are small animations used to display certain emotions (like in previous games); however, some of these animations aren't actually being used. The majority of these unused reactions are exclusively used only by NPCs and villagers and sometimes the player in certain conversations between two villagers or in other situations, but some are just animations that have no use whatsoever. Oddly enough, the Shrunk Funk Shuffle from Animal Crossing: New Leaf is also here, despite Dr. Shrunk not being able to teach you exclusive reactions.

(Source: Original TCRF research)
(Source: YouTube)

Regional Differences

Home Menu Icon

Japanese International Chinese (Traditional) Chinese (Simplified) Korean
ACNH Home Menu Icon JP.png ACNH Home Menu Icon US.png ACNH Home Menu Icon ZHT.png ACNH Home Menu Icon ZHS.png ACNH Home Menu Icon KR.png

The Korean and Chinese logos are similar to the Japanese logo from the game and the bottom from the game title is colorful and similar to Animal Crossing: New Leaf logo. The Key Art from the icon keeps for all regions, but, different regional logos.

Title Screen

Japanese International
ACNH Title Screen JP.png Animal Crossing- New Horizons-title.png
Chinese (Traditional) Chinese (Simplified)
ACNH Title Screen ZHT.png ACNH Title Screen ZHS.png
ACNH Title Screen KR.png

Both Japanese and International English versions use the English text "Press A." Both Chinese translations, and the Korean one, have translated "Press," to their respective language instead.