Three Video Games That Are Just as Addictive and Fun as Animal Crossing

Play time just got even better.

animal crossing for nintendo switch
There are plenty of games to enjoy in addition to Animal Crossing.Sara Kurfeß

Nintendo first released the video game Animal Crossing back in 2001. Decades later, 2020′s Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the latest release in what has become a popular franchise, has quickly become a favorite—who wouldn’t want to set up shop in a customizable desert island? If you’re already a fan of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, here are some popular games you might want to check out (if you can pull yourself from that chilled-out island for a little while.)

Paper Mario: The Origami King - Nintendo Switch
Nintendo’s original hero battles folding soldiers to reach Princess Peach in a new battle ring adventure. Available as a physical game or a digital download code.Nintendo

After the leisurely pace of the Animal Crossing: New Horizons desert island, throw yourself into a ring-based battle to keep your hand-eye coordination and reaction time sharp.

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition - Nintendo Switch
The popular game franchise’s original title is remastered for the current console. Comes with the option to get a hardcover art book, too.Nintendo

When it’s time to put down the slowly-sipped lemonade and get into some action, consider an immersive, adrenaline-fueled game that focuses on combat arts between man and machine.

Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening - Nintendo Switch
A tricked-out remake of a Nineties Game Boy classic, choose between a physical or digital copy, and if you want to include an art book with your purchase.Nintendo

Try a whole different type of island vibe from Animal Crossing: New Horizons with an action-adventure set in the middle of an ocean.