Animal Crossing: New Horizons Removed from Chinese Platforms After In-Game Hong Kong Protests

Imported sales of Animal Crossing: New Horizons have been banned in China, it has been reported.The instruction filtered through Alibaba’s e-commerce platform Taobao to sellers yesterday (April 9th) and is expected to come into full effect today. According to screenshots posted online by Taobao sellers, the ban impacts not just the game but all merchandise and related hardware.

While no official word has been issued on why the ban has taken place, some have suspected that it’s related to the fact that the game can be used to share materials online – such as political slogans – that are generally frowned upon by the Chinese government. The game’s pattern editing mode permits players to create their own messages and slogans that can be viewed by other players all over the world.

Nintendo began selling the Switch in China for the first time last year. While only three games are currently officially available on it—Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Odyssey, and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe—many others, including New Horizons, can be imported through resellers on platforms like Taobao and Pinduoduo, which act like “grey markets” for games that China’s regulating authorities don’t allow to be sold officially.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons may have launched in March but the Chinese government has yet to approve official sales of the popular Nintendo Switch title. This has led fans to rely on other measures to get their Animal Crossing fix, namely importing the game through these ebay-like websites.Games industry analyst Daniel Ahmad notes that Chinese gamers are still find workarounds. New Horizons is still available to buy by switching regions on Nintendo’s eShop, or alternatively by contacting online sellers privately and buying the game under the table.

It’s still possible to purchase Animal Crossing: New Horizons through sites like Taobao, but users of the game have removed the name and are relying on consumers to recognize the game through its description. Stay tuned to 5mmo.com and we will be the first one to inform you all the latest. Besides, our website also offer Cheap Animal Crossing New Horizons Items for players.