Animal Crossing: Not Just a Kids’ Game


Loans, animal friends, collecting furniture and decorating islands are four things to describe Nintendo’s new Animal Crossing: New Horizons. That is only a small part of this causal family fun game.

Recently, during quarantine Nintendo released a new yet familiar game to anyone born in the 90’s or 2000’s. Animal Crossing started out on the Nintendo D.S and Wii and now this new game is on a new console, a Nintendo Switch. Animal Crossing may look like a game for younger kids to play however, this bright colored game is complex and has layers like Minecraft, Stardew Valley and even the Sims. Animal Crossing has freedom for any player of any styles to decorate their own island or town and their own house.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons launched late March, which caused a shortage of Nintendo Switch game consoles across the globe. The game has been anticipated since rumors started two years ago. The timing of the launch however, was perfectly timed in the state of the globe. The quarantine caused the game to gain even more popularity than expected. However, there are flaws within the game to an avid Animal Crossing player.

The biggest flaw is only having one island per switch, no new islands unless resting the entire game. This flaw has caused stress for some player especially if the game save becomes corrupted. The second biggest flaw among players is missing characters. While there have been recent update to bring back two characters that were from the original D.S. games, players have been upset that some of the famous characters won’t be in the game at all. While these flaws are huge with some players, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a game that even older adults will love.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has provided a creative escape to those stuck inside while the Coronavirus rages on. Despite everything, fans of this game have come together to enjoy playing and sharing island designs. While Animal Crossing may be considered a kids’ game, it has created unity in the world around us.