Animal Crossing seems to limit its relationships with tiered village layouts to console outings only. The original and City Folk both had them, but Wild World and New Leaf put us back in flat, single-layer towns. Early looks at New Horizons suggested we’d probably be getting multi-level villages again, and a Taiwanese billboard ad confirmed it.
Not only are we getting levels again, but we’ve got honest-to-goodness stairs as well! There’s anything wrong with flat villages, of course. However, even just the one additional tier adds a sense of expansiveness not there in the flat layouts, not to mention the added visual interest as well. Hopefully, we don’t have to push basketballs and snowballs up these stairs though.