It’s no longer possible to purchase Animal Crossing: New Horizons for Nintendo Switch through China’s grey market, as it has been pulled as a response to recent Hong Kong protests that have taken place within the game. The Nintendo Switch is available in China thanks to Tencent, but there are only a handful of games that have been approved for sale in the region, due to the country’s strict censorship laws and content guidelines.
The Tencent Switch can play games made for other regions through online grey market sellers, but the downside to this is these games lack any online functionality. One game that is affected by this is Animal Crossing: New Horizons and its popular multiplayer mode. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the most popular Switch game of 2020 and the self-isolation period following the Covid-19 pandemic has to increased interest in the game. It’s believed that Animal Crossing: New Horizons is partly responsible for the global shortages of Nintendo Switch units, as it has become incredibly difficult to buy a new Switch from online retailers.
Under Chinese law, video games can’t contain anything that “threatens China’s national unity, sovereignty, or territorial integrity”. They can’t harm “the nation’s reputation, security or interests”. They can’t promote cults, or “superstitions”. They can’t “incite obscenity, drug use, violence or gambling” – although loot boxes are, of course, fine – and they can’t include anything that “harms public ethics” or China’s “culture and traditions”. They also can’t include any “other content” that might violate China’s constitution or law, whatever that may be, and they have to be published in China by a Chinese company. And if you want to Buy Animal Crossing New Horizons Items, visit 5mmo.com, a professional online in-game currency store.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons isn’t officially available in China yet, but Nintendo is partnering with Tencent to bring a special Animal Crossing console to the region. In fact, you can only officially buy three games at the time of writing, which has forced many Chinese Nintendo fans to resort to importing both games and hardware into the country using services like Taobao and Pinduoduo.
According to Ahmad, despite the listings coming down, there are still other ways for players in China to get ahold of the game, including from small independent stores and by changing the region settings on the Switch to get access to the North American or Japanese eShops.