You Can Now Use the NookLink App to Streamline Your Animal Crossing: New Horizons Experience

You Can Now Use the NookLink App to Streamline Your Animal Crossing: New Horizons Experience

Should you really let Tom Nook collect your data, though?

NookLink is now up and running in the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app, yes yes? This app-within-an-app "helps you have even more fun" in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which came out for the Nintendo Switch today with great fanfare.

All you need to access NookLink is the Nintendo Switch Online app from the App Store or Google Play. You'll see a notification for the service as soon as you open the app, in addition to instructions on how to sync NookLink with your copy of New Horizons.

You can use NookLink to scan QR codes for custom outfits in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer on the Nintendo 3DS. You can also use NookLink to check the online status of your friends (so you can get mad about having to do chores while they're playing, I suppose), and send them messages from your smart device. Wow, things sure have changed since I passed around slanderous messages about Tom Nook via my Nintendo DS' shaky Wi-Fi.

New Horizons is already off and running thanks in part to excellent reviews, including our own. Though it starts a bit more slowly than previous Animal Crossing entries, New Horizons offers an astounding number of things to see and do. You can build your island up how you like, you can terraform the terrain itself, and you can even make your very own literal Orwellian Animal Farm. "Nook shall rue the day he tried to make a profit off us, comrades!"

There's so much to do, you might even feel a little overwhelmed. That's why we have an Animal Crossing: New Horizons beginner's guide to help you out. Go out there and cross animals, friends. It's a good, wholesome activity.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve,, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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