Official Japanese guidebooks for Animal Crossing: New Horizons are beginning to launch in Japan and they sure aren’t messing around when it comes to sheer size or page counts!
While we do have our very own English guide releasing this month from Future Press, the guides that Japanese publications produce for games like Animal Crossing are clearly in a tier of their own beyond anything else we see released overseas.
In fact, there’s actually two different massive guides for Animal Crossing: New Horizons releasing in Japan this week published by separate companies, so we’ll cover each of them in their own sections below.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Complete Guide + Super Catalog by Nintendo Dream
The Animal Crossing: New Horizons Complete Guide + Super Catalog is the largest guide for an Animal Crossing game by far ranking in at a whopping 1,216 pages long!
It’s written and published by the Nintendo Dream Editorial Department, which creates the wildly popular Nintendo Dream magazine in Japan. We’d bet this guide to be very high quality based on this as Nintendo Dream has a pretty solid reputation.
One of the reasons for this guide’s massive page count is the extensive furniture section called the Super Catalog! While the English Animal Crossing: New Horizons Official Companion Guide from Future Press has a complete furniture catalog as well, the Nintendo Dream guide in Japanese appears to feature larger images of each variation plus some handy check marks to keep track of every item.
Another aspect we like about this guide is the very handy ‘tabs’ on the front cover that match up with printed colors on the page ends, so you can easily flip to the right pages for each section by looking at the guidebook from the side.
Nintendo Dream published a well loved guidebook for Animal Crossing: New Leaf as well and they’ve shared a side-by-side comparison of that guide next to the New Horizons version!
We’ve got a few official sample photos of the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Complete Guide + Super Catalog by Nintendo Dream that you can enjoy below.
These images show off the table of contents, house tutorial, villager catalog, fish critterpedia, furniture catalog with variations, and the clothing catalog.
Even if you can’t read Japanese, we’re thinking this guide might be worth picking up simply for collecting purposes given how absolutely massive the book is. Plus, the very detailed furniture and clothing super catalog sections look to be very useful, even for just using the pictures.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons The Complete Guide by Kadokawa
The Animal Crossing: New Horizons The Complete Guide is the second guidebook coming out this week in Japan clocking in at 1,072 pages, so it’s a little bit smaller than the Nintendo Dream version, but still huge by English guide standards!
Just like the first guide, we’ve got a few official sample images of the Animal Crossing: New Horizons The Complete Guide by Kadokawa for your viewing pleasure below.
The photos reveal general information pages, Nook Miles rewards, special character visitors, and the furniture catalog.
Personally, I’m probably going to try and pick up a copy of both these guides if I can, even if for nothing other than weird collection purposes. It just seems really neat to own such a massive book of over 1,000 pages dedicated to Animal Crossing!
There were plenty of similarly sized guidebooks like these for Animal Crossing: New Leaf too that I always considered ordering, but never did, and I do kind of regret that. So we won’t be making the same mistake this time around for Animal Crossing: New Horizons!
And of course if you’re looking for an English guide that might be a little more suited to our readers here, you can find the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Official Companion Guide by Future Press at Amazon here. And check out our previous article here to get an inside preview look at the English guide! (via GoNintendo)