Nintendo’s hit game, “Animal Crossing: New Horizons,” turned two years old

Nintendo has given Animal Crossing players a chance to see new perspectives! Photo courtesy of Nintendo

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March 20 was the two-year anniversary of its release Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The game, created by Nintendo and released exclusively for the Nintendo Switch, was an instant success. With its strange characters and daily gameplay, the game is sold out 37.6 million copieswas the 2020’s third best-selling game and currently the Switché second best-selling game.

But looking back, what made Animal Crossing: New Horizons such a huge success?

The game revolves around the player taking control of a villager who purchased the Tom Nook Deserted Island Getaway Package. It will then be the creation of a bustling island full of decoration, public works, gardens and even a museum with a café. Villagers also have to travel to other deserted islands to find settlers with whom they can live on their island.

The gameplay revolves around daily tasks like making objects and picking up weeds. Players can add beetles, fish fossils and artwork to the museum. Holidays such as New Year, Halloween and the December Toy Day Festival are also celebrated throughout the year.

This gameplay is unique to each player. Adrian Prather, two major majors in critical communication and media sciences and racial, gender, and sexuality studies, said the game offers multiple play modes.

“[‘Animal Crossing’] it’s pretty loose, Prather said. “If you want a more immersive experience, you can get it. This is a game that is quite adaptable to the way you want to play it. You can play slowly and methodically, or you can just go wild. “

The Animal Crossing series is grown in the cult tracking since the first release a Japan’s exclusive Nintendo 64 In 2001. With expenses a Gamecube, DS, Wii, 3DS and even the playable application, the series has become increasingly popular. Over the years, the series has become one of Nintendo’s flagships. Anna Marcou, a two-year young man majoring in creative writing, critical communication, and media studies, loves the series for several reasons, including art style and design.

“It’s so customizable,” Marcou said. “I love how [sandbox-like] this. You can easily create your own little diorama, a perfect little copy of whatever you want. I also love the artistic direction of the game… It always brings me to a comfortable place. ”

The gameplay also takes place in real time and is based on the Switch’s built-in clock. Marcou believes this will help the game stand out from other Switch games.

“The game was made to be real-time,” Marcou said. “It’s going to be almost scarier to record after you leave for a while because you don’t know what happened to your city… It’s the only game I’ve played and it seems like time has passed once you choose. up again. It’s something really charming about it. ”

Finn Williams, a sophomore double major in psychology and religion, has been following the series for a long time and grew up together.

“I’ve been playing the game for a long time,” Williams said. For me, it’s kind of therapeutic and cathartic to keep playing. That makes me feel like a kid again. ”

When “New Horizons” hit store shelves, it couldn’t have come at a better time. It was originally planned for a release date in 2019, the game was released on March 20, 2020. The game, which consisted of escaping and living on a dream island where the world was yours, appeared immediately when the closures swept the world, leaving people with plenty of money. the need for time and relief. Williams felt his island in the “New Horizons” provided a perfect escape from quarantine.

“It was a perfect thing for me at the perfect time,” Williams said. “With so much uncertainty, it was great to talk to forest animals, build a house, go fishing and the like.”

Research articles conducted showed that positive interaction with the game and other players was beneficial to subjects during the 2020 closures worldwide. In addition to scientific articles, many players felt happier with a game that a community building and life is slow.

Until the the dropout rate was significant since the initial fuss around the game, the game still has a large group of dedicated daily players. The game received regular free updates from 2020 to 2021, complete with features such as diving for sea creatures to add the player ‘s collection and peaceful Roost, a cafe built into the museum. The biggest update since the game was released this year is available for purchase as downloadable content at Happy Home Paradise an update that transformed the interior design, a new island to be discovered and created for rewards and new villagers.

The Animal Crossing series has always attracted people because of its lovable and cute characters. Although Tom Nook or Isabelle may be the protagonist of the series, the villagers are often a fan favorite. For example, Raymond, a cat villager, created an entire black market after the release of “New Horizons,” when players spent too much in-game and real money to live on their islands. Every “Animal Crossing” fan also has their own favorite.

Juharfa the bear [is my favorite villager]Williams said. – The maple is the Goat.

Other players ’favorite races are villagers. Prather said their island is decorated with lambs.

“I have a sheep island right now,” Prather said. “It took a very long time, but nine out of ten sheep in the village. Probably my favorite Muffythe goth lamb. ”

Non-village characters also have fans like Marcou.

“I have a plant addict,” Marcou said. “I really like Leif, the little sloth who sells plants. I wish I even had a shop… I really like it too Colton the horse. I love the princely atmosphere. ”

Scramble Nintendo has not confirmed major updates For now, coming to “New Horizons,” fans are sure to continue to find a way to explore the open-world Nintendo. As the epidemic is slowly improving, it is important to remember the consolation that many have found and will find in “Animal Crossing: New Horizons”. Since the world has completely changed, it’s good to know that not much will change on an island where there are animal lovers, where the days seem eternal.

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