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ESRB rating suggests Animal Crossing: New Horizons will contain in-game purchases

Full details are yet to be published on the ESRB website, though.

According to its ESRB rating, Animal Crossing: New Horizons will contain in-game purchases.

As spotted by our friends at VGC, the game's ESRB rating - which you can read at the bottom of the New Horizon's page on Nintendo's official website - is included on the game's store page, but has yet to be published in full on the ESRB's own website.

As Emma explained last week, player spending in mobile games is a lucrative business and true to form, it's been seriously profitable for Nintendo, as the company's made over $1bn (£769m) in lifetime revenue from player spending.

Consequently, it's probably not surprising the company is looking to duplicate this profit with its console titles, too, although the distinct difference between the two models is that Nintendo's mobile games are free-to-play (or at least free-to-start, anyway), whilst its Switch games are usually priced at a premium.

We discovered recently that only one Animal Crossing: New Horizons island can exist per Nintendo Switch console no matter how many accounts are registered or copies of the game owned, Nintendo has confirmed.

The Nintendo of Australia website carried the fine print that made it clear: "Please note: only one island can exist per Nintendo Switch console, irrespective of the number of user accounts registered to or copies of the game used on one console. One Nintendo Switch and one copy of the game is required for each unique island".

Though this is how previous Animal Crossing games worked on Nintendo's past hardware, there was some hope among fans that things would be different on Nintendo Switch given it supports multiple users.

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