Ease the Wait With This Fan-Made Animal Crossing Island Designer

If you draw a bepis Mr. Resetti will smother you in your sleep.

The highly-anticipated launch of Animal Crossing: New Horizons is just 11 days away, but that doesn’t make the wait any less interminable for the millions of fans seeking to escape our rapidly spiraling hellworld. Never before has the allure of a sunny, private island been so strong, and while we’ve still got some time to wait before absconding with Isabelle once again, we can at least use this fun new app to start planning ahead.

Available on Github, Happy Island Designer is a fan project by user eugeneration that — you guessed it! — allows one to happily design their own island ahead of next Friday’s release. As can be seen above, I was able to design a friendly archipelago collectively known as the Butt Islands, which I hope to eventually realize in my own personal Animal Crossing: New Horizons save.

In its current form, Happy Island Designer allows for six different terrain options (rocks, water, sand, and three types of green), as well as four path options, 15 structure markers, and 13 amenity icons for things like airports, Resident Services, Nook’s Cranny (still gross), lighthouses, and more. There seems to be no limit to the number of structures or landmarks you can place on your island, nor is there a limit to how much landmass you can add or carve away. Whether this level of freedom will be reflected by the actual tools in Animal Crossing: New Horizons remains to be seen, but as we recently found out in the Nintendo Direct embedded below, said tools will be the most generous we’ve ever had access to in the series’ 19-year history.


Happy Island Designer’s default map is a recreation of the island in the above Nintendo Direct, as seen at the 10:54 mark, which is likely to be everyone‘s island. (Though Nintendo has specified that players can choose which hemisphere their island is located in, it hasn’t said anything about there being different islands to choose from. I guess Tom Nook has the ability to move an island wherever he wants on the globe? Or maybe he owns two different, identical islands; one in each hemisphere? I’ve got questions, Nintendo.)

Since this whole thing is on Github, the codely-minded of you  can inspect and download eugeneration’s Javascript at your leisure. It’s chock full of color-coded junk just like this:


I’m sure that means something to somebody, and it’s cool that public repositories like Github exist so people can share their work for the benefit of others. For every person out there who just wants to write a swear on their own Animal Crossing: New Horizons island, there’s probably at least one other person who wants to do that and is learning Javascript at the same time.

Worth noting is that Happy Island Designer is free of any real, direct mention of Animal Crossing, so it might be able to escape from Nintendo’s Sauron-like gaze when it comes to fan projects. Just to be safe though, you should probably design your island sooner rather than later.

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Jordan Mallory

Jordan Mallory has spent more than a decade in the games industry and is now severely ill-equipped to work in other fields as a result. Right now he's eating generic Frosted Flakes out of a red party cup and wondering why he chose to rewrite his bio at 5:31 a.m.

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