Hello Kitty Island Adventure is set to be my new favorite Nintendo Switch game, and it's basically Animal Crossing meets Sanrio

Hello Kitty Island Adventure screenshot showing Hello Kitty, a chibi-style cat character with white fur and a pink bow, smiling while waving
(Image credit: Sunblink Entertainment)

The recent Nintendo Direct has blessed us with many an exciting reveal, including news of Hello Kitty Island Adventure's release next year on the Switch.

Hello Kitty Island Adventure first debuted on iOS last summer, leaving cozy game fans wondering whether the adorable title would ever launch on non-mobile platforms. During today's big Nintendo Direct showcase, developer Sunblink unveiled that the whimsical Animal Crossing-esque game is indeed on its way to the Nintendo Switch - and it'll drop on the portable console in 2025.

The wholesome adventure sees some of Sanrio's most beloved faces come to life including Cinnamoroll, Hello Kitty, and Kuromi. Alongside this cute crew, players work to restore an abandoned island - much like in New Horizons. There's crafting, decorating, exploring, shopping, and puzzles to solve galore in Hello Kitty Island Adventure, making it the perfect go-to game for us Animal Crossing aficionados.

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Island Adventure is also frequently updated, with the most recent prominent patch, dubbed Cabins & Castles, introducing various cabin customization options, precious island visitors, quests, and more. Fans of timed events will be happy to hear that the game features many - meaning unique revolving rewards and themed goodies for hardened collectors.

As I wait for Nintendo to announce (literally any) news about New Horizons or its potential future successors, games like Animal Crossing keep me afloat and Hello Kitty Island Adventure seems to tick all of my boxes. Plus, it involves Cinnamoroll and Little Twin Stars - what more could I ask for as a Sanrio stan?

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Anna Koselke
Staff Writer

After spending years with her head in various fantastical realms' clouds, Anna studied English Literature and then Medieval History at the University of Edinburgh, going on to specialize in narrative design and video game journalism as a writer. She has written for various publications since her postgraduate studies, including Dexerto, Fanbyte, GameSpot, IGN, PCGamesN, and more. When she's not frantically trying to form words into coherent sentences, she's probably daydreaming about becoming a fairy druid and befriending every animal or she's spending a thousand (more) hours traversing the Underdark in Baldur's Gate 3. If you spot her away from her PC, you'll always find Anna with a fantasy book, a handheld video game console of some sort, and a Tamagotchi or two on hand.