During all this COVID-19 mess, I think I can speak for all of us when I say we’re sick and tired. The release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a perfect escape from the harsh reality of life as we know it.
After eight long years of waiting since the release of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Nintendo released its newest addition to the Animal Crossing series on March 20th, taking the world by storm. The game was met with extremely good feedback, with fans making TikToks of their experience of the game to famous YouTubers playing the game on camera.
While we’re practicing social distancing in real life, this game offers a multiplayer option to players, adding even more substance to the gameplay. Players have even taken it upon themselves to partake in events that have been canceled due to the novel Coronavirus through the game.
The new game is made to be playable on Nintendo’s handheld console, the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo even released a custom switch specially made for the release of New Horizons.
The release of ACNH has racked up quite a profit for Nintendo, considering fans everywhere are suddenly buying a switch to play the newest addition of their favorite franchise. In fact, the console sold so fast that retailers everywhere were sold out of both the game and the console.
ACNH is retailed at a whopping $59.99. The original switch can be upwards of $500 on Amazon, while the Switch Lite, a smaller, more affordable version of the original, can be upwards of $200. Critics of the game are under the impression that Nintendo released New Horizons amidst a nation-wide quarantine to gain more profit in their already multi-million dollar company.
If you can get past the astounding price, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is exactly what all of us need right now. There’s no big boss fight at the end of each level, there are no hard tasks for the player to beat the game. The game is simple: you become the mayor of a deserted island and you build it from the ground up. The only true “obstacle” is that you have to pay off your debt to a dog-raccoon hybrid that loaned you money for a house. The game is perfect for self-care, as there’s no stress when you play the game, unlike DOOM Eternal, an FPS apocalyptic-style video game that released the same day as New Horizons. Gameplay includes finding resources to build your town, catching bugs and fish to display in the museum, making clothing for your character, and talking to cutesy cartoon style villagers who just happen to be animals (hence the name ANIMAL crossing)! The game is in real-time, meaning everything runs on a real-life clock; buildings that are in process don’t show up until a day or so after you placed the construction site, forcing the player to take the game one day at a time, as opposed to binging it all hours of the night until they see those end credits. That saying, in a day and age where grown adults are fighting over toilet paper and hand sanitizer, ACNH is a perfect way to unwind and de-stress at the end of the day.