Official Animal Crossing New Horizons Companion Guide | Is It Worth It?

TL;DR

Here is everything we know about the Official Animal Crossing New Horizons Companion Guide so far. For starters, its available on Amazon for $17.99 USD (was $29.99), and releases very soon; April 9, 2020. #ACNH #AnimalCrossing https://amzn.to/3axV1ja

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With a strong 432 pages of back to back Animal Crossing content, buying this companion guide seems like a no-brainer, but what is actually included in this massive paperback book officially licensed by Nintendo and produced by long-standing game guide publisher Future Press?

In this article, we’ll get into details such as, Price, Quality, What’s Inside, any bonuses included, and a discussion and comparison with different game guides to see if you are getting your money’s worth with the Official Animal Crossing New Horizons Companion Guide.

We’ll get into the most important subject first; the price.

Price

The current price of the companion guide is at 20% discount from $29.99 USD (and $39.99 CAD) The prices are as follows for where the companion guide is available, and a currency converter was used, similar to what Amazon would do at checkout, for the areas where it is unavailable.

CurrencyPriceLink
USD (United States Dollar)$17.99 (29.99)Amazon.com
GBP (Pound Sterling)£14.91 from Amazon.com
£18.34 from Amazon.ca
Amazon.co.uk (unavailable)
Euro (European Union)€16.25 from Amazon.com
€20.55 from Amazon.ca
Amazon.de (unavailable)
CAD (Canadian Dollar)$32.11 (39.99)Amazon.ca
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I did my best to research the companion guide for those living in Europe, and it seems the best opportunity was to look at the US and Canadian sites and convert the currency; I did this and provided a comparison between the price on each site in the respective currency.
For Europeans, the Campion Guide generally seems less expensive when purchased from Amazon.com, so if you are interested, this is what I recommend.

As for US and Canadian citizens you’re in luck, the guide is available to you in the currency displayed and can definitely be shipped with Amazon Prime two day shipping.

Quality

Albeit being paperback, the quality of this guide is sure to entice any newcomer and long-time player of Animal Crossing. The Animal Crossing charm on the cover gives us a hint at what lies inside. The detail on the cover is impressive; we have a player crafting on a workbench, and what looks like another player just getting back from wood collecting. We have Rod lounging on the beach, Tom Nook surveying the island and Timmy & Tommy happily following after. Behind them is Isabelle and Fuchsia who may have just came back from a trip to another island, and Rodney catching the fish nobody really wants; the not so elusive Sea Bass.

This scene wraps around the back cover to show Apollo coming back from catching butterflies and other insects as well as Filbert the squirrel popping his head out of the tent to see what all this commotion is!

What’s Inside?

Ah, the million dollar question when it comes to Nintendo and their exclusive content. We do have details to share, but unfortunately no images that let us take peek inside. But what we do have will be broken down into separate categories below; the Official Companion Guide offers:

Your one-stop guide to a perfect island vacation

Animal Crossing: New Horizons takes you to a deserted island and lets you craft it into your own personal paradise inhabited by a unique, character-filled community. This premium book is both the perfect guide for getting the most out of island life, and the ultimate reference for anyone who insists on having it all.

Get Acclimatized

We’ll get you settled in on your new island home as quickly as possible. Our useful primers will get you oriented and informed on everything a new resident needs to know.

Create Your Paradise

The sea’s the limit when it comes to customizing your island – you just need the right tools and a little guidance ( and maybe a bit of insider information for playing the stalk market). You’ll find all of this here, and more: every tool and app is explained and our tips for design and money making are not to be missed!

Discover and Explore

Museum lovers will be in for a treat – as long as you’re willing to be the one providing the exhibits! It’s a hands-on approach to preservation, and every budding naturalist or palaeontologist needs a solid reference book to consult. You won’t find a single specimen that’s not covered here.

Shop Till You Drop

Your island wouldn’t be much of a paradise without decent shopping facilities. Luckily, Timmy and Tommy’s retail experience brings a wealth of desirable goods for purchase. Every last option for the fashionista or interior decorator is lavishly catalogued.

Stunning Photography

Want to see some of the hottest island destinations that have already found their feet, built a community and began attracting high-volume tourism? We’ve discovered some true gems and arranged photo shoots that are sure to provide plenty of inspiration for building the island of your dreams.”

via Future Press

Bonuses Included

Fans of Animal Crossing will be delighted with the high-quality bookmarks we’ve included – one side features beautiful character artwork, and the other is filled with useful info. We’ve also created an online calendar for keeping track of events on the island and making sure you never miss a resident’s birthday!

via Future Press

Are You Getting Your Money’s Worth?

At this point, we know everything we can about the Official Companion Guide, and to decide whether it’s worth the money spent; we can do a comparison on other game guides to help us judge the value gained when buying this book.

Official Animal Crossing New Horizons Companion Guide

  • $17.99 USD
  • 432 pages
  • Paperback
  • Bonus Bookmark and Online Calendar

on Amazon

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon : Explorers of Time and Darkness – The Official Strategy Guide 

  • $17.13 USD
  • 400 pages
  • Paperback
  • Two Mini Posters

on Amazon

Sekiro Shadows Die Twice, Official Game Guide

  • $32.77 USD
  • 592 pages
  • Hardcover

on Amazon

Horizon Zero Dawn Collector’s Edition Strategy Guide 

  • $69.88 USD
  • 656 pages
  • Hardcover
  • World Map Poster

on Amazon

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom Collector’s Edition Guide

  • $26.70 USD
  • 680 pages
  • Hardcover

on Amazon

The amount of pages with the Animal Crossing New Horizons Companion Guide isn’t anything too special, but that part of the description should not be a deciding factor, in my opinion, because the books are only as thick as the game is long; depending on the details from the game. The regular price of $29.99 USD is a standard price for Future Press’s new releases, and it’s nice to see the preorder price bringing that down to $17.99.

A collector may want to have the Animal Crossing guide in Hardcover, although with the book being Paperback, it does help keep the price low!

The Bookmark and Calendar bonuses are also nice to have as you can keep your page marked with an Animal Crossing themed bookmark, and keep track of your island paradise with an editable online calendar.

It’s up to you whether the Animal Crossing New Horizons Companion Guide is worth it, and I’m happy I was able to find as much information as I did for this guide. I hope this article has proven helpful, and personally, I can’t wait for my preorder!

If you are interested in buying I recommend Amazon, not only because it helps with the upkeep of this wonderful website, but because Amazon really does a thorough job at providing the best option available to us. And the section below should also help if you’re concerned with shipping!

Where To Get It

If you decide to choose Amazon I would recommend this sweet deal, as they offer 2 day shipping with a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime. With 2 day shipping you can be one of the first to get the Official Companion Guide, and well… you could sign up, get free 2 day shipping for this package, watch a few Amazon Prime movies and shows and then cancel. BUT you didn’t hear that from me.

Thanks for reading my unorthodox way of providing this update/guide, and I hope it brought some clarity to this official guide Nintendo and Future Press are putting together. I would love to hear about your gameplay experience so far and what villager you have on your island; so let me know how it’s going in the comments!

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