Standalone Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch Joy-Cons and Dock coming to Japan

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Loving the look of that exciting new special edition Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo Switch, but not quite ready to drop the cash for an entire new system? Japan has a plan for that!

Both the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Joy-Con set of pastel blue and green controllers, and the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch Dock with Tom Nook, Timmy, and Tommy, are available in standalone versions on the My Nintendo Store in Japan.

The Animal Crossing: New Horizons Joy-Con set costs 8,228 yen (approximately $75 USD) and the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch Dock costs 6,578 yen (approximately $60 USD). If you want to grab either, pre-orders go live on February 8th.

Unfortunately, the Japanese website clearly states that the items are available as ‘only domestic delivery’ or in other words only deliverable to a Japanese mailing address. Given that these appear to be Nintendo Store exclusives too, it could be quite difficult to get our hands on importing these overseas.

Assuming they aren’t made available to other retailers like Amazon Japan or Play-Asia, the only reliable way to import the standalone Animal Crossing Joy-Cons or Dock would be to use a mail forwarding service in Japan. That can quite expensive though so hopefully it won’t come to that.

Regardless, it’s still great to see that Nintendo is selling these parts on their own anywhere at all! We’ll just have to hope availability expands to other countries, or at least to other retailers within Japan that can let us ship overseas.

Oh and I left the best for last — you can actually purchase the special edition system box from the store for just five dollars. Yes, the BOX!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons launches worldwide in less than two months from now on March 20th! Check out our release date countdown here, or pre-order the game here. Stay tuned to Animal Crossing World for more news as we approach the release!

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The link shows the dock instead of the box, which is actually 60 dollars

Aron L.

Hi! I’m an American living in Japan and I did see this too the other day on the shop page! I was thinking which is more worth it, the full set or buying the controllers and dock individually. Obviously I’ve come to the conclusion the full set is better since the new Switch body has the back designs and the battery life is longer! The only BIG concern I have though is that since the game will come pre-installed in the Switch, I’m not entirely sure if the game will be only in Japanese or if they will have other… Read more »


Good news then, the switch does NOT COME WITH THE GAME.


Yes it does, it comes pre-installed on the system. It literally says so on the product page.


It’s set to the language your system’s in, like many other Switch games. I also have a Japanese Switch, but I set the language to English, and games like Link’s Awakening are automatically in English as it goes by the system language. Animal Crossing will do the same.