‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’–the perfect getaway

Animal Crossing has captivated players since the beginning due to its  story arcs and calming atmosphere.

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Animal Crossing has captivated players since the beginning due to its story arcs and calming atmosphere.

Kelly Tran, Staff Writer

“Animal Crossing” never fails to evoke feelings of joy and tranquility to its players. This video game series remains one of the most wholesome, therapeutic and fun social simulation games to ever exist. 

In the games, the player resides in a village with anthropomorphic animals, also known as villagers. The player can do a multitude of things in the games. They can have conversations with the villagers through an interactive dialogue. Throughout the village, the player has the ability to build and create items while exploring their surroundings. They catch insects, catch fish and pick flowers. Then, they can decide if they want to sell these things to get bells, a type of in-game currency. Bells can be used to buy clothes, and they can also buy and craft furniture that can be used to decorate the player’s house. 

“Animal Crossing” is so beloved because it allows people to de-stress and take a break from the harsh realities of life. You can just simply turn on your console and within moments, you have entered a second world where it’s slow-paced, there’s no worries and you’re in complete control of it. The phrase “the world is yours” perfectly defines this game. Without a doubt, you are going to feel relaxed from hearing the calming soundtrack, interacting with the villagers and building your perfect world.

On March 20, there will be a new addition to the “Animal Crossing” series on Nintendo Switch–“Animal Crossing: New Horizons.”

In “New Horizons,” Tom Nook, one of the many iconic characters of “Animal Crossing,” owns a business venture called the Nook Inc. Deserted Island Getaway Package that the player has bought. This is the reason why the game starts off with the player on a deserted island where they will have to set up a tent and build their new life from scratch. Since the game takes place on an island, it will be a bit different from the other “Animal Crossing” games, but the overall concept is the same. It will be relaxing and laid-back just like the other games in the series.

It’s a simple game, but it’s incredibly engaging and no other game can compare.

“New Horizons” has already brought the feeling of comfort and happiness to many. The “Animal Crossing” fandom bonds by gushing over small details featured in the new game, such as some characters having paw prints and detailed kneecaps, which I find very wholesome. Another popular topic among the fandom is the iconic froggy chair.

To add to the excitement, Nintendo is releasing an “Animal Crossing”-inspired Switch on March 13 in honor of the “New Horizons” release. The joy-cons are pastel teal and blue, and the dock is embellished with an image of Tom Nook and Nooklings Tommy and Timmy. They also plan to release accessories such as a carrying case and a real-life bell bag.

Long story short– many emotions like satisfaction and bliss hopefully await you in the future. It is very likely you will find yourself relaxing, exploring and chatting with villagers in your perfect island getaway.