Update March 13, 4:30pm EST:
The Animal Crossing: New Horizons special edition Switch is back in stock on Amazon for $299.99. The initial wave of units sold like hot cakes, so you can bet this resupply won't last long. The console was officially released today, but you've still got a week to get yours before New Horizons itself comes out.
Nintendo has revealed an official Animal Crossing New Horizons-themed Nintendo Switch console, and it's… gorgeous.
The quaint towns we roam in Animal Crossing games are incredibly charming, but this Switch model's pastel theme and painted dock are downright tasteful - elegant, even. I particularly love details like the white backsides of the Joy-Cons and the villager etchings on the back of the console.
The Animal Crossing New Horizons special edition Switch rolls into town March 13 - one week before New Horizons launches - for the usual retail price of $299.99. The console doesn't include a copy of New Horizons. The press release says pre-orders are set to open at select retailers "soon," although it looks like Best Buy already has it up.
Launching alongside the special edition Switch console is the Animal Crossing New Horizons Aloha Edition Carrying Case for both the regular Switch and the Switch Lite, which you can see before the official box art for the Animal Crossing New Horizons Switch:
As we're starting to see with the new Animal Crossing Switch Controller, Animal Crossing manga, and now this exceptionally visually appealing special edition console, Animal Crossing isn't just a game, it's a lifestyle. And since that lifestyle mostly revolves around fishing, making friends with all kinds of animals, and picking fruit from trees, you can be guaranteed I'll be trading in my dull, lifeless gray Switch for this conversation piece of a gaming console.
Animal Crossing New Horizons is just one of the most exciting upcoming games of 2020 and beyond. If you'd like to check out the latest deals for the game, we've rounded up the latest Animal Crossing: New Horizons pre-order prices too. Be sure to check out the latest Nintendo Switch bundles if you're still after the console.