'Animal Crossing' x Puma Collab: Release Date and Designs Revealed

Nintendo's beloved Animal Crossing franchise will be the focus of a new apparel and footwear collection from Puma.

The German sportswear manufacturer first hinted at the existence of this partnership last week, when it published an enigmatic tweet alongside a screenshot of the Animal Crossing: New Horizons logo. Following this tease, the official Nintendo of America Twitter account revealed a promotional image (on Monday, August 30) that spotlighted the very first item from this collection.

The new @PUMA x #AnimalCrossing: New Horizons collection is coming 9/18! pic.twitter.com/0WbfeyKkvl

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) August 30, 2021

Puma regularly collaborates with other brands, including the likes of Goop, Haribo, the Peanuts comic strips, Bratz and, in terms of gaming, 2K Sports. This isn't even the first time that it has worked with Nintendo, as last year it released a new line of products to coincide with the launch of Super Mario 3D All-Stars.

What Designs Are in the 'Animal Crossing' x Puma Collection?

Puma has just unveiled more details about the upcoming Animal Crossing collection, including what designs will be available at launch and when the products themselves will be coming out.

According to the website, the new crossover will feature variations on Puma's existing "Suede", "Wild Rider" and "Future Rider" sneaker designs, as well as an assortment of short and long sleeve tees, hoodies, shorts and sweatpants. All of these items will be themed around Animal Crossing in some capacity, utilizing the game's signature pastel colors, logos and even some well-known characters.

Here is everything that has been revealed so far:

'Animal Crossing' x Puma Collection: The Suede

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One of Puma's most established brands, The Suede has been around since 1968. For the Animal Crossing collaboration, these iconic sneakers have been updated with the game franchise's pastel color scheme, a triple formstrip with printed graphics and a translucent sole that has another graphic imprint.

In general, the shoes are decorated with Animal Crossing's signature leaf icon. There is also a canvas lace bag that is inspired by the bell pouches that you collect in the game as a form of currency.

'Animal Crossing' x Puma Collection: The Wild Rider

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The Wild Rider is Puma's take on urban street style. The Animal Crossing version features graphic imprints of various characters from the franchise, including the popular Isabelle. The game's leaf icon has also been embroidered on the heel.

In terms of general design, The Wild Rider sneaker has green, blue and sand suede overlays and a translucent formstrip on the side.

'Animal Crossing' x Puma Collection: The Future Rider

Animal Crossing Puma Future Rider Sneakers
Finally, the "Future Rider" shoes will feature the iconic "Animal Corssing" leaf on their heel. Puma

Last but not least, Puma's Future Rider running shoes are made with nylon, canvas and suede overlays. The Animal Crossing design once again features the leaf graphic on the heel, as a nod to the game logo.

Meanwhile, the side Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) piece – which is found near the bottom of the sneaker – is decorated with other elements that allude to the series' iconography.

When Is the 'Animal Crossing' x Puma Collection Release Date?

Puma has announced that all of the items from its Animal Crossing themed collection will be released on Saturday, September 18. They will be available from PUMA.com and other select retailers worldwide. Prices have yet to be revealed.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons was one of 2020's most popular titles, as it helped connect people during the initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other things, high schools used the game to host virtual graduation ceremonies and players used it to celebrate the holidays together.

Animal Crossing Puma Collection
In addition to the new sneaker designs, the "Animal Crossing" collection will also feature an assortment of short and long sleeve tees, hoodies, shorts, and sweatpants. Puma