Ahhh, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the sweet, euphoric paradise in which your only responsibilities consist of selling fruit, weeds and bugs to eccentric twin raccoons to build your dream island, and your only concern is avoiding the ugly villagers that inhabit it. To quote a viral tweet, “Animal Crossing players will show you a picture of a weird little duck and be like ‘I hate this motherf***** with every fiber of my being.’” Of course, much of the game’s appeal lies in the ability to indulge in an off-the-grid fantasy free from the burdens of society, simply being rewarded to complete easy tasks and vibe by fishing, hunting and becoming your own interior designer. But what surely attracts most fans to the game beyond its premise alone has to be its warm, inviting visual elements and irresistibly cute characters.
For many players of the game’s latest version, there is an undeniable nostalgia factor to it as well. Early lovers of the series may remember playing the game’s earliest version after it was released in 2001 for the Nintendo 64 and soon after enhanced for the GameCube. Since then, multiple 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 understand why audiences will never get tired of this calming and blissful simulation game.
If you’re anything like me, though, you’ll go through hardcore phases of playing Animal Crossing and racking up your bells for weeks upon months straight, then suddenly get busy and forget about the game for a year, falsely telling yourself you’ll return to it soon. Well, if you won’t get back to playing it, 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. Just remember to pick it up again soon though, because your villagers miss you.