Meeting up with Friends! (Via Animal Crossing)

Even though we are all on lock down and are not able to see people in real life, there are lots of ways we can still talk and interact with people.

This past week I have been spending basically all my free time playing Animal Crossing and I’ve been able to spend lots of time with old friends and new.

I really love this aspect of Animal Crossing because it really helps fight the loneliness of being on lock down. I am thankful I am living with my boyfriend so I am not totally alone in this whole craziness but sometimes you need to talk to other people lol.

Please enjoy some cute screenshots of me and my friends living our best island lives in Animal Crossing. 🙂

Animal Crossing: New Horizons!

After waiting half a year Nintendo has FINALLY given us some new news about Animal Crossing Switch.

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First of all, the name of the game is Animal Crossing: New Horizons. In this game, we are not in a town but the resident of a deserted island. It’s just us, a tent, and of course, Tom Nook.

I assume the general idea for the game is to build up the island and make it your own, we still don’t know a lot about the game but here are the things we were able to learn about from today’s E3 announcement and Nintendo’s Treehouse presentation.

Our Own Island

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So like I said, we start off out on an island, just us and a tent. It’s a bit rough looking in the beginning but we can turn it into whatever we want! It looks like we can place furniture items pretty much anywhere we want, including right on the beach! We can even live on the beach if we want to.

The style of the land is a bit similar to the island in Animal Crossing: New Leaf in the way that the land flows directly into the beach, there are no slopes or cliffs like in precious Animal Crossing games.

Crafting Things From Scratch

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Another feature of the game is that you can craft furniture using materials collected around the island. It seems there is finally a use for the weeds that grow everywhere! That and you can gain different types of stones from the rocks on the island and different kinds of wood from the trees.

I imagine you can unlock more items as you progress throughout the game, but not to worry you can still buy things from Nook such as flowers and tree saplings. I’m not sure how split furniture items are between crafting and buying but it will be interesting to see what the game has to offer.

Who Needs Bridges?

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I’m not really sure if this is the only way to cross the river in the game or if we will get the opportunity to build bridges but you know I would be totally okay with it.

One of the most shocking things about this new game is that we can pole vault ourselves over the river. I don’t know who decided this was going to be a thing but I am a fan.

Making Paths!

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Another new feature in the game is making our own paths! They look super cute and add to helping shape up the island. A lot easier than having to place floor tiles and cringing when they aren’t placed in the correct place.

A Handy New Gadget

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Another thing we get from Nook when we arrive on the island is a NookPhone. It contains quick access to options such as a camera, Nook Miles, a recipe book for crafting items, the town map and you can also use it to phone a villager.

You can use the regular screenshot button on the joycon remote to take photos but you can also use the new camera feature on the phone which will allow you to zoom in, zoom out and add the perfect filter to your photos.

Nook Miles

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Nook Miles is a reward scheme program where you get ‘miles’ by completing tasks in-game. They haven’t revealed what kind of things you can use the Nook Miles for yet but I imagine they will be exclusive items. I guess this means Phineas will no longer come around to give you badges?

Call An Islander

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This feature kind of made me think of Stardew Valley. So apparently you can have up to 8 characters on your island and everyone gets their own house. And this ‘Call an Islander’ feature allows you to have local multiplayer functionality by using up to four joycons.

In local multiplayer one person is the ‘leader’ and the other people help you collect materials to build items in the game, the downside to this is that because it is local play everyone has to stay on the screen and so you can’t wander off on your own. As well as that, I think that only the leader can access their pockets and if you choose a tool then everyone has that tool.

As for online multiplayer, we don’t know too much about that yet but the fact you can have up to 8 people in your town at once is exciting. Finally, no feeling bad because your town is full so one of your friends can’t come over to hang out.

Weather Settings Depending on Location

Animal Crossing is a game that uses real-time and so the weather in the game is affected by the time of year. This will also be true for New Horizons but with an added feature.

We will now have the option to play in the northern or southern hemisphere. This will affect the weather within the game so the example they gave in the Treehouse demonstration was if you played in the northern hemisphere in June, it will be summer but if you were to play in the southern hemisphere it would be winter.

Not really sure where the setting for this is or anything yet but it will be interesting to see the differences in game based on which hemisphere you choose.

Fishing Bait

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Something else that is new is that we have the opportunity to make fish bait! There wasn’t a lot of information about this but it was thrown in at the end. I imagine this is a feature that hasn’t fully been fleshed out yet but I’ll be interested to see what kind of fish we can collect with bait.

Other Small Things!

To finish off this list of features here are some other small things that I noticed while watching that weren’t officially mentioned.

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Cloud shadows! Now when it is cloudy in the town you will be able to tell by cloud shadows on the ground, this is a small feature but I got excited about it because it just adds more detail to the game. As well as that, something that was mentioned was that the leaves on the trees will move depending on how windy it is within your game. Another cute touch.

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Villagers carrying logs! So we didn’t see a lot of villagers today but I did notice that one was carrying some logs, and also they walk a lot slower than before. I like the new walking style, though your character still keeps the fast pace which makes us seem like we are always rushing around while the villagers are chilling and enjoying the island life.

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In terms of communicating with players through online play, we have not been given any information on that yet but I imagine it would be similar to how it has always been done through chatboxes. But one thing we always have in Animal Crossing is emotions! This game looks like it reverts back to only giving us a limited number of emotions to choose from unlike Animal Crossing where you got two full pages of emotions for characters, including the Shrunk Shuffle which was a favourite of mine.

I’m sure there are lots of other little things that I missed within the game but I shall leave it here for now, otherwise, I think I would be here all night talking about Animal Crossing.

I am super excited for this game to come out, I have been waiting for this since I bought my Nintendo Switch. One thing I am bummed about though is that the game’s release has been delayed to March 2020. Though I am grateful we got any kind of release date after waiting so long.

I’m hoping that Nintendo will keep giving us regular updates for the game though to help us get through the waiting period. I think it was bad enough we went nine months without anything at all since they gave us the announcement of the game. I mean there was a chance they might not have shown us anything at all today which I did think about earlier…

Anyway, I’m off, let me know in the comments what you are excited about in the next Animal Crossing game, I’m honestly excited about everything. It’s all so new and shiny and I can’t wait for it!

~ Courtney x

P.S If you guys want to see my live reaction to the new Animal Crossing game please see the video below, it is definitely not as composed as this blog post was lol:

Animal Crossing Switch Predictions

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Now that Nintendo has FINALLY confirmed an Animal Crossing Switch game, I thought I would share some things that I hope/predict will be in the game.

1. Integration with the Mobile App

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This is something that will most likely be in the game, I don’t know how it would work exactly but something tells me it will be a thing. I would love if they somehow connected the mobile campsite to a Switch campsite.

I thought the addition of the campsite in the New Leaf game was super cute, and if it was a reason to keep Harvey around in the game then I would be all for it.

I also think that because they are doing some kind of integration with Pokemon Go and Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee that they would also want that for Animal Crossing. Nintendo want to keep their mobile players as well as entice them to get a Switch, so having the mobile version and the console version work together in some way would probably be some kind of advantage to them.

2. Bigger Towns!

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With the Switch, I expect nothing more than a bigger town. The towns we get in the game are usually quite big but it’s nice to have more space, more space to put public work projects, more space for more villagers, just more space for everything…

I would also love if the beach area was expanded so we could have more things there, I’m not sure what things but I think it’s nice to have a bigger beach area to wander around.

Something else that would be great as well is a bigger town plaza and shopping area. Personally, I find the town plaza can be a little small for events with Isabelle standing around and Redd and his stall. So it would be cool to have maybe a bigger plaza area.

As for the shopping area, I loved the way they did it in New Leaf, and visiting the City in Animal Crossing: Let’s Go To The City was fun but there’s no harm in making it bigger…

3. Bring Constellations Back!

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Something we don’t get to do in Animal Crossing: New Leaf is add constellations to the sky. While this is not something I usually did it was still a nice touch to the game and I know people miss it.

That being said I do really love the sky in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It was one of my favourites.

4. More Holidays!

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This is something I hope for every time there’s a new Animal Crossing game. I love special events in the game and they are always great to play alone or with friends.

I know some regions get more holidays than others but I think it would be cool if you could celebrate all holidays everywhere. Just so you can get some cool items and maybe learn a bit more about a country’s culture.

It would also be if we could make a few of our own holidays, like you can with Sims 4 Seasons, but I think that’s just me being too hopeful haha. Though I think it would be cool if you could choose what kind of celebration you had on your anniversary of becoming mayor.

5. Still the Mayor?

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I assume with this new game we will still be the mayor, I feel like the game will have the same basis as New Leaf but will just a lot more features. I don’t want a complete rehash of the previous game but things like being mayor would be nice to do.

I would also love if we got more tasks to do while being mayor, I think it was interesting how before you could really do anything in town you had a checklist to complete when you first start the game and I like that kind of thing.

I’m not saying Animal Crossing should be an entirely task-based game like some but every so often a request given to you because you are the mayor would be nice.

6. Happy Home Designer Interior Design

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It might be safe to assume that for the Switch game they are going to change the way you design the inside of your house, using the features of Happy Home Designer. I think this is something they actually did add to the New Leaf version of the game so why not make it a thing on the Switch? It’s a lot easier than walking around the whole of your house to move a bit of furniture.

7. Customise Your Character!

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I would be seriously surprised if this new Animal Crossing game did not let us customise our character. What I mean by that, is being able to change the skin tone of your character and what their face looks like.

In previous Animal Crossing games, you didn’t get to decide what you’re character looked like, it was chosen based on some questions you answered in the beginning. But since the addition of Happy Home Designer, we have been able to choose what our character looks like as well as their skin tone. So I hope this is something we can do in the new game.

Especially because I have been using the same Animal Crossing character for as long as I can remember so it would be great if I could just create them in the beginning rather than having to use an online face guide.

8. More Stuff!

I guess to end this blog post, I should say we just want more stuff. More of everything.

More items, more holidays, more clothes, more fruit, more collectables…the list goes on.

One of the things I love about the Animal Crossing series is that the basic game will always be the same, and all we want is for it to be improved upon and made the best it can be.

I feel like there were more things I could have added to this list but those are all the ones that I can think of for now.

I’m excited to find out more about the game as time goes on. I am hoping for a summer game release like they did with New Leaf, I think it would be a good time to release the game just because they have a lot happening in town in terms of bugs/fish and the fireworks shows. Plus it means not having to wait almost a whole year for it to be released. The earlier it’s released in 2019 the better!

Until then, I think I will just have to be content with the other Animal Crossing games we have so far…

~ Courtney x