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Animal Crossing player brings Pokemon Stadium to New Horizons

Published: 11/May/2020 0:38

by Brent Koepp

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An insanely creative Animal Crossing player has brought Pokemon Stadium to New Horizons. The dedicated fan transformed his entire island into one giant Pokeball. 

Ever since its debut in March, New Horizons has sparked the creativity of its community. The latest release in the social simulation franchise introduced players to the ‘terraforming’ tool.

The new feature allows users to shape their island however they want, and a talented fan used it to create their very own Pokemon stadium – monster battles have come to Animal Crossing!

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Animal Crossing gets its very own Pokemon stadium.

Pokemon Stadium brought to Animal Crossing

For many kids, the 1998 release of Pokemon Stadium brought their childhood dreams to life. The N64 title allowed them to battle their favorite monsters in 3D – something incredible at the time.

An Animal Crossing fan paid homage to the RPG’s arenas, creating their very own stadium in New Horizons. Twitter user ‘zapsuit’ uploaded screenshots of their creation on May 5.

“My island is now fully equipped with a pokemon stadium!” they said. The post included four mind blowing photos, which showed the Game-Freak inspired area. The player created a Pokeball in the middle, and even included seats for viewers.

The tweet quickly went viral, and at the time of writing has over 51.4k likes. Fans of the long-running RPG were blown away by how accurate the AC player’s creation looked to the Pokemon game.

As if that wasn’t impressive enough, zapsuit revealed that their whole island was terraformed in the shape of a “into a whole a*s Pokeball.” Yes, you read that right – their island is actually a giant Pokeball.

Creatively, they used red roses on the top half circle of their island, and filled out the bottom half with white flowers so an aerial view of his entire map would looks like one massive ball.

Even though it’s only been out since March, New Horizons has already become one of the most successful releases on the Nintendo Switch. The title has become the fastest-selling game on the console to date.

The latest Animal Crossing has exploded in popularity on social media, as creative fans are eager to share their island designs. Need ideas for terraforming? Check out our guide here to get inspiration.

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Why Animal Crossing’s hairstyles are dividing the community

Published: 23/Nov/2020 14:45

by Alice Hearing

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons players appear to be quite divided on one part of the new winter update, as it allowed for a more inclusive range of hairstyles.

On November 19, Nintendo enabled the game’s winter update. Excitement has revolved around new hip reactions that will let them sit on the ground, do workouts and yoga, like many have seen their villagers do on their islands.

The content refresh also includes six new hairstyles: afro, afro puffs, cornrows, buzz cut with faded sides, voluminous curls, and even a bald look. New additions have been a welcome change for people of color playing the game, who wanted to see themselves represented.

Previous versions of the game came under fire for a lack of representation. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, some players were forced to play around with the tan feature to give their characters their actual skin tone.

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Nintendo added six new hairstyles to the game in its Winter update

While New Horizons finally represents a far wider variety of skin tones, players felt that not enough had been done for representation and even created a petition in August asking for more inclusive hairstyles.

The campaign ended in victory, but the update has actually been dividing the community on Twitter. A debate has erupted as to whether it can be deemed cultural appropriation if white players use some of the new hairstyles.

It all began on the day after the update launched when user stardewleaf tweeted an image of a white in-game character with what they called “Space buns”. It has sparked a huge debate with many people taking offense that a white user was using a hairstyle added to represent people of color.

One user responded: “They’re not space buns, they’re afro puffs made for POC”, while another explained why people had taken offense, adding: “The reason people are p**sed off is because we don’t really have a lot of hair options that represent us in Animal Crossing, and you do. Then you specifically choose that one, despite what you others pick from.”

Another person defended the style, saying: “As a white person with curly hair, these could in fact be what a white girl’s bun looks like. They’re both afro puffs and buns, games are games.”

Several other people commented that they felt the debate as a whole was ridiculous and trivial: “No one who gets mad at another person enjoying a hairstyle in a video game is worth listening to.”

The original tweet now has more than 5,000 responses and the number still continues to grow.

In general terms, the decision to have additional hairstyles and more representation incorporated into the Animal Crossing world has been a popular move.