First introduced in Animal Crossing for the Gamecube, K.K. Slider is an iconic special NPC appearing in all the mainline games since then. The good news is that New Horizons is no exception. However, it will take a little time and effort before you can meet him. Here is how to get K.K. Slider to visit in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Inititating Project K
Your first steps will be assisting Tom Nook with various tasks such as preparing for new residents, and upgrading the Residents Services tent into a building. Upon completing the Residents Services building you should go inside and speak to Tom Nook. He will confess to being a huge K.K. Slider fan, and would love for him to perform a concert on the island.
How To get A 3 Star Island Rating
However, you will need a 3 star rating for your island in order for it to be deemed good enough for K.K. Slider to visit. You can speak to Isabelle in order to find out your island’s rating, and get tips on how to improve it.
Increasing your island’s population should be your first priority. You will need at least 7 residents on your island to achieve a 3 star rating.
This can be done by building a campsite, and inviting any of its visitors to move to your island. You can also invite characters to your campsite by using Animal Crossing amiibo cards at the Nook Stop terminal. The amiibo card feature will be unlocked once you have visited Harv’s island.
Another method is to use Nook Miles Tickets to visit deserted islands. You may encounter characters there who can also be invited to your island.
Additionally, upon completing the Residents Services building, and inviting the first character that visits your campsite to move to your island, you’ll be able to sell plots of land for villagers to move into. Simply speak with Tom Nook inside Residents Services and for 10,000 Bells, you can pick a plot of land for a character to move into. This will encourage more characters to visit your campground and deserted islands.
Next, you will need to get rid of a load of weeds, and plant flowers and trees. You should also place fences and outdoor furniture, and speak to Tom Nook to build bridges and inclines.
As long as you keep checking in with Isabelle and follow her advice, she will eventually tell you that your island has a 3 star rating. Tom Nook will interrupt the conversation and inform you both that he is going to invite K.K. Slider to perform on the island immediately.
The Concert & Unlocking Terraforming
The next day, K.K. Slider will arrive on your island and perform ‘Welcome Horizons’. the game’s theme tune. After his performance, you will receive a copy of the song in your inventory. You will also then be given the Island Designer app on your NookPhone after speaking with Tom Nook. This will allow you to start terraforming.
Saturday Night Visits
After his initial concert, K.K. Slider will then visit every Saturday (some nice continuity), where you can find him in the plaza. At 6pm, he’ll start taking song requests from you. And just like in previous games, if you input one of his songs correctly, he’ll perform it for you. You will then receive a copy of that song. Alternatively, you can ask him to choose and he will simply play a song at random.
“The three themes of Animal Crossing: family, friendship, and community” – Katsuya Eguchi (The “Father” of Animal Crossing”)
PAX East 2019 was last weekend and on Sunday there was an Animal Crossing panel. The panel was called “18 Years of Animal Crossing: A Look Back” and was run by 3 members of Nintendo-Insider.
This Panel Included:
A walk through the history of AC starting from the original game on N64 and through the ones on 3DS, WiiU, and Mobile
A general love fest for the series
Fun, unnecessary speculation about the upcoming Switch Game
What is Animal Crossing?
The panel began with an explanation of the people running the panel and a brief description of what the Animal Crossing game entails.
During the explanation of the series, they mentioned the colorful cast of characters and it instantly felt like a walk down memory lane. Talking about how Tom Nook gives out no interest loans to the players and how he should be respected more. K.K. Slider and how people sometimes time travel to catch his show because it’s just that important.
The Timeline of Animal Crossing
At about 16 minutes into the panel, it became really interesting. They delved into the timeline of Animal Crossing with in-depth information about the series: how many copies sold, localization info, new content in each version, the more technical information (like how GameCube had the first e-reader cartridge). It was also very interesting to see the trailer for each game one after the other to see how it has evolved over the years.
The Future of Animal Crossing
At 47 minutes, the panel goes into the future of Animal Crossing regarding the 2019 Switch release.
Listed below is the speculation discussed at the panel. Please note, these are theories and not official information regarding the 2019 game:
It’ll be a huge step up from New Leaf. Rather than being an upgrade of New Leaf, it’ll be a complete overhaul of the game.
Some kind of coop with split play capabilities so you and a friend can hang out in your town together.
It’ll be out this year even though some people are starting to think it won’t be.
With Mario Maker 2 coming out in June and Pokemon coming out during Christmas, Fall (August/September) seems like a very likely time for the release.
E3 will most likely be the big announcement of Animal Crossing Switch and if not, it looks like it’ll be pushed to 2020.
It was nice to have a walk down memory lane and hear the history of this amazing series. Here’s to hoping that there will be some major announcements at E3 in June for our beloved series! Stay tuned to MyPotatoGames for more Animal Crossing Switch news. Happy Gaming!