If you haven’t been living under a rock, I’m sure the name Animal Crossing rings a bell. If you are one of the few that have no access to the internet, spend your free time churning butter, and drive your buggy to the nearest farmer’s market, then I’m sure you need a quick rundown on what Animal Crossing is. Lucky for you, I can be your Resident Representative! Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a game made by Nintendo that is sold exclusively for the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo Switch Lite. It is also the newest installment of the Animal Crossing franchise, in which Nintendo had released four other Animal Crossing games prior to New Horizons.
Now you’re probably looking at this tweet or had just finished reading my brief rundown on Animal Crossing and wondering, “Why would I ever buy this?” Listen, I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been under quarantine for a month, but this is one of the best games I have ever played in my life. You start off in Animal Crossing talking to Timmy and Tommy Nook. The two brothers inform you that you’ve just bought a luxurious getaway package to a secluded island. However, as soon as you land on the island, you find out that this is not the getaway vacation that you’re looking for. There is literally NOTHING on the island. The only thing that is actually present is a flimsy tent that is known as the “Resident Services Building.”
As you’re getting to know the layout of the island and getting a feeling for the controls, you meet the notorious scammer, Tom Nook. Tom Nook is the big honcho around the Animal Crossing islands. Word on the street is that he’ll start chasing you around if you haven’t paid off your loan to him. What loan, you may ask? Well, Tom Nook is in dire need of your help– he wants you to build this island from the ground up. Do you get compensated for your work for him? Absolutely not. Not only have you been scammed into moving onto the island, but since there’s nothing there, you’re forced to gather resources to build homes and to garner enough interest to invite other people to move onto your island. If this doesn’t scream typical pyramid scheme, then I don’t know what does. As you finally get settled on the island, Tom Nook starts persuading you to purchase a home and to upgrade it, and since you came to the island with nothing, he offers you a small loan of 98,000 bells so that you can live in something other than a tent.
“This game sounds absolutely terrible. I refuse to buy it.” Oh, I’m not done just yet. As the saying goes: it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey. Going through all of these hardships to have a beautiful island in the end is worth all of hours that you end up investing into this game. The music is peaceful and serene, the graphics are adorable, and the characters are lovable (well not necessarily completely lovable– I kind of have a love-hate relationship with some of these characters). Let me introduce you to two characters that have been trending all over Twitter.
Sweet ole Daisy Mae– Old faithful. She is the town’s turnip saleswoman. Daisy Mae consistently wakes up at 5am to visit your town to sell turnips (also can I note that this game runs on real-time, so if you wake up at 5am to play Animal Crossing, then she’ll actually be there). Everyone wants a piece of what Daisy Mae is selling and she knows this, so she only sells turnips from 5am to 12pm. Let’s just say that I have not been able to have the pleasure of meeting Daisy Mae since we’ve had online classes. The next trending character is Zipper, the Easter bunny. Zipper is an interesting character, to say the least. He started showing up on people’s islands and was forcing Easter eggs down everyone’s throats. Every time you wanted to go harvest some minerals or to catch some fish, you would end up getting an Easter egg. What can you do with these Easter eggs? Nothing really. You can sell them, but you won’t get that many bells in return. You can turn the eggs into clothing items, but they are extremely tacky. These characters have been trending because they are just so interesting. I’ve never played a game (that is especially targeted toward a younger audience) that has had this much depth and thought put into the characters.
If you want to feel accomplished over the quarantine and feel like a true Resident Representative, then I highly recommend you to buy this game. I’m not sponsored to say any of this, but I honestly can’t find a better way to spend my time (other than doing my homework, of course!). Even if you can’t buy the game, I hope that after reading this you can at least get an idea as to why everyone is raving about Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Stay safe and enjoy the rest of your time in quarantine everyone!