Animal Crossing: New Horizons, The Game We Didn’t Know We Needed Right Now - Test And Report Media
I (and every other Animal Crossing fanatic out there) have been waiting for the Nintendo Switch’s version of the relaxing franchise to release since the Switch was introduced back in 2017. We all loved building our museum’s collection of bugs and fish, conversating with our quirky animal neighbors, and paying off our debts to Tom Nook in prior AC games on the Wii and 3DS. When were we going to get the chance to partake in our favorite outdoor activities on this new platform?
Finally, our moment has arrived, and what better time than right now – when we are all stuck in our homes in quarantine with nothing to do and nowhere to go? Even better, the game has made some vast improvements in both gameplay and interactive features. For example, there are now DIY recipes players can collect and utilize to build tools and furniture to enhance their islands. The opportunity to use online play with a Nintendo Switch membership is also incredibly entertaining, especially during these times when you can’t see your friends. I’m not ashamed to admit that my friends and I have spent many nights on FaceTime visiting each other’s islands and wishing on the game’s shooting stars together. Even the pastel cutesy aesthetic typical to the series is welcoming – a true getaway to the more melancholic atmosphere we’re dealing with in the real world.
Perhaps my favorite result of the game’s release is the reaction that the online community has had to it. The last real AC game came out in 2012 for the 3DS, back when social media wasn’t nearly as prevalent as it is today, so nowhere near as many waves and resources were created. But now, we get to see our favorite celebs (like Chrissy Teigen and Ariana Grande) join in on the fun. Players can share their unique custom pro designs with the world and try their hand at iconic outfit recreations. An Animal Crossing black market even exists in the form of Nookazon, where players can find all kinds of sought-after items from strangers and trade using the Discord app.
Animal Crossing has definitely kept us busy and helped us all feel connected despite being apart.The question becomes… will the obsession die out before we’re all out of quarantine? I say no. Our animal friends like to keep us busy.