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  • svgDec 24, 2022Animal Crossing

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    Weather effects have been the most advanced in Animal Crossing New Horizons compared to previous games, yet it never rains or snows.

    Weather has always been one of the most important yet most underrated features in any Animal Crossing game. The changing climate gives the game the immersion it needs.

    When rain drops are falling from the sky, it creates this special cozy atmosphere within the village that you can only find in Animal Crossing games. You see your beloved villagers stroll across the island in tiny cute rain boots holding a cute umbrella they may just picked up from Nook’s Cranny, you can even hear their splashy footsteps as they walk through the wet grass.

    Weather affects are the reason it is so fun to play the game in real time along with real life seasons. The color of leaves are changing just like they do in real life and weather gets colder and warmer and portraying that feeling in the game makes it just so much more fun and cozy to play.

    Nintendo put a big focus on weather in New Horizons

    I have played Animal Crossing New Horizons since the day it launched, actually a day before it officially launched and have since then put in a borderline unhealthy amount of hours into the game.

    When the Nintendo gave us a good look at the game during its E3 presentation in 2019, Aya Kyogoku the director on the New Horizons ( and previous AC games ) revealed that there was a big focus on the weather patterns in New Horizons.

    I was so excited to hear this announcement, as prior to the reveal I was hoping that Nintendo would take the weather effects a step further.

    Animal Crossing New Horizons Thunderstorms and Blizzards are beautiful

    Wind would brush through the trees and flowers, making them look like they are dancing, different rain patterns with thunderstorms and dark clouds mixed in within the sunny setting of a tropical island. I was truly excited to hear about all these immersive features that would bring my town to live even more.

    No weather on many islands…

    Now that I have played Animal Crossing New Horizons for so long I have noticed that these promised weather effects do occur but very seldomly. Every day I boot up my game I have either a clear blue sky or a blue sky with some tiny clouds and looking through various communities it is actually very hard to find footage of snow fall, rain fall or any of the even more rare weather patterns like thunderstorms.

    I have had the privilege of seeing a thunderstorm one time during the entirety of my New Horizons life span. Of course I have also been witnessing a couple rain showers but they were light and lasted only about an hour before the sun came out again. This defeats the purpose of having a rainy day. Why is Nook’s Cranny selling dozens of different umbrellas when really I never need them? Able Sisters are selling rain coats and boots but I never get a reason to put them on.

    I spent Halloween and the entire month of October with a clear blue sky even though I was hoping to get some spooky weather, fog, rain, wind… I would have taken anything but all I got was picture perfect summer weather.

    While I enjoy a sunny day I feel that Nintendo has done a poor job bringing variation into our islands using the weather as a means. I would like to see weekly rain, windy days and thunderstorms. It is obvious Nintendo put a lot of effort making the weather feel great and fun – why not give us a bigger taste of it?

    It shouldn’t be a rare occasion to have water fall from the sky when living on a tropical island. Especially now that we are entering the winter season, I have yet to see a snow flake fall from the sky and I am afraid that white Christmas may not be a thing on my island this year.

    Please Nintendo – give us some more weather variation.

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  • svgOct 31, 2022Animal Crossing

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    This Animal Crossing Island is one of the most detailed islands every created with some super unique and creative ideas.

    Happy Halloween everyone! It’s the spookiest day of the year and what better way to experience this day than to watch a walkthrough of one of the most insane islands ever created in New Horizons?

    There are tons of besutiful islands out there, while my personal island might not fit into that category, I have seen some shocking creations out there that made me question whether or not I am actually even playing the same game.

    This Island created by Dana however, absolutely blew my mind with its detail and some super unique ideas, like a giant spooky castles and tons of scary movie references, can you spot them all? Half of the builds on this island will make you wonder how it is even possible.

    Thanks to YouTuber Lex Play we can get a relaxed tour of the island. Turn your lights off, grab your favorite tea and enjoy the spook-tacular island tour.

    More spooky stuff with Wirchbrook, the Stardew Valley for magic!

    Crossplay, multiplayer and more, take a look at the latest on Witchbrook right here.

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  • svgOct 27, 2022Animal Crossing

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    Unsure as to whether we’d be getting new Halloween-themed in-game items, players decided to bring spooky season to the game prematurely with these inspiring island ideas and professional-looking pumpkin patches. Even if Nintendo doesn’t share many new items, the community always keeps it fresh!

    I was so excited to finally know for sure that Jack was back when Nintendo announced it during the games first year, that I didn’t even mind the return of that god-forsaken Halloween music (‘witch’ in New Horizons, sounds rather like it could’ve been played by Miles Davis himself…) *Hisses in Animalese!*

    But whilst I was busy clapping at the pumpkin seeds on sale in Nook’s Cranny, creative players were busy doing what they do best! Namely, creating creations such as these:

    But Wait; There’s More!

    For more spook-tacular creations from fans following on from the Animal Crossing: New Horizons fall update, be sure to check out these cool costume ideas here. And whilst you’re in the mood, you seriously need to take a look at these perfect little pumpkin patches (which now contain actual pumpkins!).

    Adorable Spooky Game Obakeidoro! Free this weekend

    take a look at this adorable lantern haunting game you can play with your friends on Switch for free this weekend only!

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  • svgJun 8, 2022Indie Highlight

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    Town Building, Exploration, Combat, Looting, and Villagers to Befriend/Romance

    Solo developer Vasilis at Kappa Bits and publisher Merge Games just announced their new game Pixelshire. This 2D farming and life-sim reminds us of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, especially with the newly added feature of terraforming.

    When you settle into this town on the continent of Arcadia, you not only get to build your home, but also get to design the homes of your neighbours. However, like us, you’ll probably spend most of your time carving out rivers, creating hills, and making paths with the landscape.

    Aside from forming and growing the population of the town, you can master skills and trades. For example, tending to livestock, growing crops, mining, woodcutting, fishing, cooking, and brewing. To sell these items you’ve made or collected, you can put them in your own shop!

    While exploring through procedurally-generated islands with enchanted forests, mountain jungles, and more, you’ll fight enemies, find hidden treasure, and clear dungeons. On these adventures, you can even get the villagers you have befriended or romanced to join you!

    Coming to PC and Consoles Sometime in 2023

    Pixelshire will be releasing sometime in 2023 on PC, Switch, PS4, PS5, and Xbox. You can Wishlist the game here right now on Steam. If you’re looking for another game that combines farming and exploring with building friendships and/or romance, check out Blue Oak Bridge.

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  • svgOct 21, 2021Animal Crossing

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    Nintendo announced that a major content update will be heading to New Horizons but it will be a bitter sweet experience.

    The last Animal Crossing New Horizons Direct revealed plenty of new features coming to the beloved village simulator. While there are many new things to explore, Nintendo also adds a lot of features some New Leaf players may feel familiar with.

    Undoubtedly the paid DLC as well as the free update will make the game feel more complete. When the big N announced the new content it was also revealed that this would be the last major content update coming to New Horizons.

    This means that once the update drops on November 5th, the game will essentially be completed and no more future updates are expected as revealed towards the end of the Direct.

    It is to assume that Nintendo will continue to release some minor updates such as seasonal items and perhaps some changes to seasonal events in the future. But in regards to “major content” updates this will be it.

    It is not surprising since the previous installment in the Animal Crossing series only ever received one content update years after its original release – Animal Crossing New Leaf Welcome Amiibo.

    If you missed the Animal Crossing New Horizons Direct you can get caught up on it right here. The free update as well as the paid DLC Happy Home Paradise will be available November 5th.

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  • svgOct 15, 2021Animal Crossing

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    Nintendo lifted the curtain on the first major Animal Crossing New Horizons DLC content.

    The Animal Crossing New Horizons Direct today was no disappointment as Nintendo revealed a bunch of new content coming to the beloved village simulator.

    If you have ever played Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer you may be familiar with one of the biggest new features coming to New Horizons. The Happy Home Paradise puts you into the role of the island architect where you will be decorating the homes of your island residents.

    Nintendo featured a whooping 10 minutes gameplay of this new addition as there is a lot to show! Take a peak below.

    In addition Brewster will finally make his long awaited return and will bring new friends with him as well!

    But as if that wasn’t enough you will also be able to start your Gyroid collection as the wobbly friends will also celebrate their return. New Leaf had an advanced collection so it will be fun to see how many different designs we can look forward to collection in New Horizons!

    There is a lot more fun awaiting us in the first paid DLC update coming to New Horizons. Cooking DIYs, exercise sessions with your villagers and more all part of this ultimate expansion for Animal Crossing New Horizons

    Animal Crossing New Horizons DLC release date

    The paid DLC will launch on November 5th for $24.99! Check out the gameplay footage showcasing many of the new features below!

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  • svgOct 14, 2021Animal Crossing

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    Its finally happening Nintendo announces a dedicated Animal Crossing New Horizons Direct.

    There has not been a significant content update for Animal Crossing New Horizons since its launch back in March 2020 besides the usual seasonal events. Nintendo is changing this now as they recently announced the first big free content update coming our way later this year. 

    When Nintendo first announced this news there was no exact date on when the Direct would actually air, how long it will be and what we can expect. The big N revealed that the Animal Crossing Direct will take place on October 15th at 7am PT.

    More interestingly the Direct will last approx. 20 minutes which is considerably long for a showcase that is dedicated to only a single game. Nintendo already shared that Brewster would be coming back to New Horizons with this free content update.

    However, it was also announced that there would be more than just Brewster. What this “more” part really entails will be revealed on October 15th!

    Many rumors have suggested that cooking, villager visits, ceiling furniture and more could be part of the next big update!

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  • svgSep 30, 2021Animal Crossing

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    Nintendo recently announced a brand new Animal Crossing Amiibo Card series featuring all new characters.

    During the latest Nintendo Direct Nintendo finally lifted the curtain on the future of Animal Crossing New Horizon. Fans have been waiting eagerly for the first major update and the big N did not disappoint and announced the comeback of Brewster and more coming later this year.

    In addition Nintendo also revealed that a new Amiibo series, called series 5 will launch later this year. This series is dedicated to New Horizons brand new villagers.

    It is expected that series 5 fill feature new beloved characters such as Audie, Sherb, Raymond, Megan, Judy, Dom and more. In addition we may also see special stars like C.J., Flick, Daisy Mae the beloved turnip lady and our travel partners from Dodo Airlines – Wilbur and Orville.

    If you collect the Animal Crossing Amiibo card you may be delighted to hear that yet another re-print for the Amiibo card series 1-4 is currently scheduled to hit store this fall.

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