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Animal Crossing: New Horizons preorder delays affecting some customers - check yours now!

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Certain customers have been notified that their Animal Crossing: New Horizons pre-orders (opens in new tab) on Amazon have been delayed until Tuesday, 24 March. 

Posts on Reddit have started appearing of people saying they've received emails that their pre-orders of Animal Crossing: New Horizons (opens in new tab) won't be arriving until several days after the launch date. Redditor One Dos San Chaar (opens in new tab) writes that "I just got a notification from Amazon letting me know it's pushing back my AC delivery until Tuesday, March 24th. I pre-ordered the game two months ago." 

The Reddit post has since been updated saying "it seems a lot of people on here and on Animal Crossing Reddit is [sic] also getting their delivery pushed to Tuesday." In the replies, many others have been hit with the same notification, but it appears to only be affecting certain customers in particular regions. From the Reddit post, it looks like customers in parts of the US and Canada have been hit with delays to their orders, while those in Italy and the UK appear to still be on track to receive their copies tomorrow, March 20, on the official day of launch. 

If you have pre-ordered a copy through Amazon, it's definitely worth checking to see if the estimated time of arrival for your copy of New Horizons has changed. Many appear to be making the switch to pre-order a digital copy in the wake of the delay. Nintendo announced that those who preorder digitally can also download the launch day update ahead of time (opens in new tab) so you dive right into the fluffy magical world of Animal Crossing as soon as it releases on the Switch. 

Animal Crossing: New Horizons isn't the only game getting delivery delays on Amazon. Final Fantasy 7 Remake pre-orders have also been hit with delays (opens in new tab), and Square Enix released an official statement (opens in new tab) saying that some may not receive their copy of the game on the day of release amid the Coronavirus outbreak. 

Can't wait to set off on your island getaway? Here's what time you can start playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons (opens in new tab)

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