Ahhh, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the sweet and euphoric paradise in which your only responsibilities are to sell fruits, weeds and insects to quirky twin raccoons to build your dream island, and your only concern is to Avoid the villainous villagers who inhabit it. To quote a viral Tweeter, “Animal Crossing players will show you a picture of a weird little duck and say ‘I hate that mother ***** with every fiber of my being. “”Of course, a big part of the game’s appeal is the ability to indulge in an off-the-grid fantasy, free from the burdens of society, simply being rewarded for completing easy tasks and thrilling fishing, hunting and becoming your own interior designer. But what surely draws most fans to the game beyond its premise alone are its warm, inviting visuals and irresistibly cute characters.
For many players of the latest version of the game, there is also an undeniable nostalgia factor. Early fans of the series might remember playing the first version of the game after it was released in 2001 for the Nintendo 64 and soon after for the GameCube. Since then, several versions have been released for various consoles such as the Wii and Nintendo 3DS, as well as spin-off games for the Wii U and mobile devices. It’s not hard to see why audiences will never tire of this soothing and joyful simulation game.
If you’re anything like me, however, you’ll go through hardcore phases of playing Animal Crossing and racking up your Bells for weeks and months straight, and then suddenly you’ll be busy and forget about the game for a year, in you falsely saying that you ‘I’ll get to that soon. Well, if you don’t start playing it again, maybe in the meantime, you can get a tattoo of your favorite character or object from the game to symbolize its special place in your heart. Don’t forget to take it back soon, because your villagers miss you.