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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Choose Your Island | Where to pick?

If you’re just getting started playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons, then you’ve undoubtedly been presented with the Nook Inc. screen where you must choose a Deserted Island Getaway Package. It’d be easy to pick one almost at random, or certainly without putting all that much thought into it, but, when you might end up spending hundreds of hours there, it’s important to make the right decision. So, stick with our Animal Crossing: New Horizons choose your island guide in order to set yourself up for success.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Choose Your Island | Which is best?

Animal Crossing: New Horizons choose your island

Though you’re probably eager to dive straight into gameplay, taking the time to ensure you get the choice of starting island in Animal Crossing Nintendo Switch right will soon pay off. Using the above image for reference —your selection will be randomized and look different — the best choice would be either island from the bottom row.

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There are a couple of reasons for this, which we’ve listed below:

What makes a good Animal Crossing: New Horizons starting island?

  • Large continuous landmasses.
    • Look to avoid having lots of small, segregated bits of land.
  • Ensure that the leaf symbol (your starting point) is placed in a sizeable area.
    • You won’t immediately be able to cross water, so keep this in mind.

It’s really that simple. Having lots of solid ground to play with allows you to accommodate bigger building projects and overall be more creative with your town. It’ll also save you time by less frequently being required to cross water, not to mention the headache of being cut off from most areas of your island during the early stages of the game.

If you’re an experienced Animal Crossing player or you’re looking to start a second town in New Horizons, that’s when you might want to consider going with a more segmented layout knowing the extra legwork you’re signing up for.