Animal Crossing New Horizons gives you the most social quarantine ever

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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.

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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.

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.

Here’s some of the best deals from Australian NBN providers – such as MyRepublic and Aussie Broadband. These gamer-specific plans offer extras like static IP addresses and specialist support.

The following table shows a selection of published gaming-ready NBN plans from MyRepublic and Aussie Broadband on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

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

The following table shows a selection of comparable postpaid SIM-only plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

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!

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