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If You Like ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons,’ You’re Gonna Love ‘Ooblets’


Sep. 1 2020, Updated 2:32 p.m. ET

By now, there’s a good chance you’ve already poured a lot of hours into Animal Crossing: New Horizons and you may be looking for another game to dedicate some time to. (Obviously, we’re in no way suggesting you should stop playing Animal Crossing. In fact, we’re pretty sure that’s not possible). Luckily for you, there’s Ooblets, another adorable game that scratches a very similar itch as all of your favorite life/farming simulators, only with the addition of dance battles. Yep! Dance battles.

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If you’re looking to play Ooblets today, we have great news for you! However, if you’re looking to play it on the Nintendo Switch, well, you’re gonna be disappointed. The game is not available on the Switch at this time — but will it ever be? Here’s what you need to know.

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When will ‘Ooblets’ be available on the Nintendo Switch?

Let’s start with the good news. As of July 2020, Ooblets has officially been released in early access. That means that it is totally playable, although there will be some bugs and glitches as the game is still being worked on by the folks at Glumberland. (Speaking anecdotally, I’ve put quite a few hours into the game already and am super impressed by how robust the early access version is! The bugs are certainly there, but I don’t think they inhibit gameplay in an insurmountable way.)

If you want to play the early access version of the game, you can buy it for PC on Epic Games or on Xbox for $24.99 right now. Even though it’s in early access, you can do a lot in the game in its current form, including farming your land, customizing your character’s appearance and house, make friends, explore several different locations, join an Ooblet club (Mossprouts forever!), and, perhaps most importantly, engage in dance battles.

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If you’re anything like me, as soon as you saw the very first screenshot of Ooblets, you pictured yourself playing it on the Nintendo Switch (or the Nintendo Switch Lite). Something about the game just feels very Nintendo-y. Maybe it’s all of the similarities to Animal Crossing and Stardew Valley, both of which are currently available on the Switch (although it did take a little while for Stardew to make the leap from PC to console). 

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At this time, there has been no official announcement of Ooblets being made available on the Switch — or any console other than the Xbox, for that matter. That being said, we certainly wouldn’t rule out a possible Switch version whenever the game is officially released sometime in 2021. The official Ooblets FAQ page says, “Mebbe [the game will come out on other consoles] one day bebe! Who knows?”

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According to Glumblerland’s Ooblets roadmap, the full version of the game is slated for a mid/late-2021 release. That’s still quite a ways away — in other words, plenty of time for the Glumberland team to announce a Nintendo/PlayStation port. In the meantime, we’ll definitely be crossing our fingers… and leveling up our Ooblets with as many dance battles as possible.

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