Nintendo’s latest release couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. With most of us stuck indoors as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, everybody is starved of human connection and being able to socialise with one another.
That’s where Animal Crossing New Horizons comes in and knocks it all out of the park. It’s the wholesome game the world needs right now and it’s a total anti-game. It’s not about getting a high score or killing hordes of enemies – it’s entirely about doing what you want on an cute island, with a cast of adorable characters that ask you to do things and want to be your friend.
The whole game revolves around a calming notion that there is no failure, accompanied by an adorable colour palette and lots of creatures to discover.
… And the best part is that you can do it all with your friends, just to hang out.
As long as your friends have the game, a Nintendo Switch and a Nintendo Online Account, you can visit each others’ islands and help them out with their exploration! People have gotten really creative with their builds, constructing entire cities and resorts – all the better when there’s more people around!
Here’s one of the more creative uses of the game – a couple’s wedding was cancelled, so their friends held a surprise wedding in the game instead.
“My fiance and I had to cancel our upcoming wedding due to COVID-19, so our best friends gave us a surprise Animal Crossing wedding instead”
I’M NOT CRYING! YOU’RE CRYING! ?
— Take My Bells ? (@Take_My_Bells) March 23, 2020
There’s no anger in Animal Crossing, no frustration, and the game goes at your pace. It’s the best game to lock yourself away from the world with.
Making sure you’re ready for your island getaway
The pressures of the world are all lifted away when you deep-dive into Animal Crossing, and the entire experience becomes about you and your own choices.
But you’ll need a stable internet connection to get the most out of the experience. It’s not too resource demanding, but if you want to make this quarantine a social one, you’ll need a good deal.
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A social console needs a social phone plan
If you’re thinking about getting a Nintendo Switch for being a social, consider getting a new phone plan as well. Playing Switch games online when on the go is a treat, and it works
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The seasons are changing!
Get in on the excitement with Animal Crossing Quick! Nintendo game prices typically stick around their original retail value, so it’s rare that you’ll ever see them going up on sale – but to get the most out of the experience you should get in right now before the seasons change from Autumn to Winter!