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Animal Crossing Switch controller surfaces online and it's delightful

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Update: The Animal Crossing PowerA Switch controllers have now appeared on more store listings, meaning folks in the UK and US are now able to preorder these adorable controllers. Available on Amazon US (opens in new tab) for $49.99 and GAME (opens in new tab) for £39.99, they are due to release on March 20, 2020. 

Original story: A store listing (opens in new tab) for a new set of PowerA Switch controllers featuring delightful Animal Crossing designs have appeared online. The controllers are a pastel green shade complete with a fitting leafy pattern and come in two slight variations. One features KK Slider playing his signature guitar, while the other is finished off with Timmy and Tommy on one of the controller handles. 

The brand has released a whole array of different Switch controller designs to coincide with Switch releases. Recently, it released Pokemon Sword and Shield (opens in new tab) controllers that are available in two different shades for each version, and feature the Pokemon Sword and Shield starters (opens in new tab) Sobble, Scorbunny, and Grookey. 

So far the adorable Animal Crossing controllers only appear to be listed on one French store with the price tag of €49.99, and as of writing this article, neither show up in the catalogue of controllers on PowerA's official website (opens in new tab). We've reached out to PowerA to verify if these controllers are in fact on the way, and we'll be updating this article if we receive a reply. 

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The product listing says the controller is officially licensed by Nintendo and comes with Bluetooth 5.0 wireless capability, programmable buttons, and gyroscope functionality. From the images on the listing, it does look like the real deal, and the release date on the product lines up with Animal Crossing: New Horizons (opens in new tab)' release date on March 20, 2020. The PowerA controllers are a pretty neat alternative to the Pro controller, with some fun designs that nod to some of the biggest Switch games. 

With Tom Nook's getaway package promising to take us to a desert island with a whole host of customisation options and all kinds of activities to get stuck into, we're set for some hearty sessions of Animal Crossing goodness. And personally, I'm here for all of the Animal Crossing merch that appears to be on the horizon (sorry). 

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I started out writing for the games section of a student-run website as an undergrad, and continued to write about games in my free time during retail and temp jobs for a number of years. Eventually, I earned an MA in magazine journalism at Cardiff University, and soon after got my first official role in the industry as a content editor for Stuff magazine. After writing about all things tech and games-related, I then did a brief stint as a freelancer before I landed my role as a staff writer here at GamesRadar+. Now I get to write features, previews, and reviews, and when I'm not doing that, you can usually find me lost in any one of the Dragon Age or Mass Effect games, tucking into another delightful indie, or drinking far too much tea for my own good.