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Animal Crossing leaker reveals secret nerf to insect spawn rates

Published: 27/Apr/2020 12:36

by Connor Bennett


Catching insects is a pretty enjoyable way to pass the time in Animal Crossing New Horizons, but some secret changes and nerfs are going to make some bugs even more difficult to find. 

Animal Crossing’s v1.2 update was released pretty out of the blue on April 21, revealing everything that was coming up until the end of June. There were announcements for new event days, new island visitors, and more – but there wasn’t really notes about changes to the in-game economy or mechanics. 


As the game runs on real-world time, things can become easier – or harder, of course – to find depending on what time you decide to open up your deserted island. However, there appears to have been some secret changes made to bug spawns that could affect your income of Bells and filling out Blathers museum.

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Catching bugs is a great way to kill time in Animal Crossing.

These secret changes were revealed by dataminer Ninji, who noted that the spawn rates have since been “unified for all insects.”  This means that while some insects may have been rarer in certain months, even though Critterpedia says you can find them in that time frame, everything is now the same.  


The data miner revealed that Peacock Butterflies have been cut by 80-90%, with both Emperors and Atlas moths going down 50%. Regular Stinkbugs are up 100%, while man-faced ones are down 50%. 

Aside from those, Ninji also noted that Tiger Beetles are now 33% more likely to appear while Scarab Beetles spawns are down 40%. Both Scorpions and Tarantulas have been “nerfed significantly” in the process as well. 

Other insects like the Mantis, Orchid Mantis, Honeybee, Banded Dragonfly, Dung Beetle, and Rainbow stag have also been taken down a touch. Though plenty of others have increased as well. 


These changes are no doubt a blow to players who want to complete their Critterpedia collection and have been following the previous spawn guides that had been figured out by others. 

However, Nintendo could easily make a change further down the road if these tweaks make some critters near impossible to find rather than just adding another level of difficulty.

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The Simpsons intro gets epic recreation in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Published: 8/Aug/2020 1:00 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 14:22

by Brent Koepp


An Animal Crossing YouTuber went viral after re-creating The Simpsons’ iconic intro in New Horizons. The player’s incredible mashup is one of the best things you’ll see today.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons took the world by storm after making its debut in March. The latest release in the long-running franchise introduced new features such as the ability to shape your village however you see fit using terraforming.


The new mechanic has sparked the imaginations of millions of users on social media, and one creator went viral after using the tool to bring The Simpsons to the social-simulation title. Their re-imagination of the classic cartoon’s intro is the perfect crossover.

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A talented creator made The Simpsons intro in Animal Crossing.

The Simpsons re-imagined in Animal Crossing

The Simpsons made its debut in 1989, and has gone on to become a juggernaut in pop culture over the last three decades. In 2020, the animation is in its 31st season. To celebrate, a player re-created the show’s intro in New Horizons.


Gaming YouTuber ‘Great-Bit Arcade‘ uploaded their mind blowing creation to their channel on July 29, and quickly went viral. The video carefully re-creates the animation’s iconic intro, which follows the Simpson family throughout their town of Springfield.

The fan creatively used assets from Animal Crossing to create the town’s nuclear plant, before hilariously cutting to their character writing on a chalk board in school while wearing Bart Simpson’s signature outfit.

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Maggie and Marge Simpson are re-created in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Great-Bit’s video meticulously recreates every scene, from Maggie and Marge driving to Lisa playing her saxophone in school. The YouTuber even created a couch gag with the Simpson family walking in to find Tom Nook and Isabelle taking up all the space on their sofa.


Animal Crossing’s latest release has been a major success for Nintendo. In a quarterly report posted in August, it was revealed the social simulation title has sold over 22.4 million units – making it the second highest-selling game on the console.

New Horizons’ terraforming tool has encouraged players from around the world to share their creations on social media. Fans have reimagined things from Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away to Avatar: The Last Airbender using the game’s new feature.