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Animal Crossing players celebrate August with epic Pokemon fireworks

Published: 3/Aug/2020 20:46

by Brent Koepp

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons players are using the game’s August update to create beautiful Pokemon fireworks shows. The RPG’s monsters are being brought to life in a truly spectacular way.

New Horizons is the latest release in the Animal Crossing series, and made its debut in March. The social-simulation title whisks players away to their very own island where they can build a community and town.

To celebrate August, the game’s latest update brings a stunning fireworks show on every Sunday of the month. Creative users have used the pyrotechnics display to bring Pokemon to life like you’ve never seen before.

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Fireworks have been brought to Animal Crossing in its August update.

Animal Crossing fans create Pokemon fireworks

In August, players can watch a gorgeous fireworks show every Sunday regardless of what hemisphere they are in. The limited-time event also lets users create their own custom pyrotechnics.

In what is the perfect mash-up, fans have creatively used Animal Crossing’s new feature to bring Pokemon to the title. From Pikachu to Gengar, the lovable monsters are lighting up the night sky.

People have been uploading videos of their Pokemon-themed fireworks show, such as Redditor ‘okayjair’ who brought many iconic items and characters to life.

Did fireworks of my favorite Pokemon! from AnimalCrossingNewHor

Other creators shared their displays that were more focused on their favorite ‘mons from the franchise, such as ‘Rehabcinema’ who put on a show based on popular Electric-type monster Jolteon.

Me and Jolteon would like to wish you a Happy Sunday!! 😀 from AnimalCrossing

YouTuber ‘xAldaris’ showcased many of the incredible designs that Animal Crossing players have been using to make their Pokemon-themed fireworks show a reality. The genius behind the custom in-game art is ‘Shun’ whose Designer ID is MA-8627-7969-6830.

Those wanting to create their very own custom fireworks display are in luck,as the event will run until the end of August. The dates are listed below:

  • Sunday, August 9th 2020
  • Sunday, August 16th 2020
  • Sunday, August 23rd 2020
  • Sunday, August 30th 2020

Despite releasing in March this year, New Horizons has quickly become the fastest-selling Nintendo Switch title of all time. Consumers can’t seem to get enough of the laidback gameplay Animal Crossing offers.

The social-simulation title’s new features such as terraforming have continued to encourage fans to share their incredible creations online. And it looks like its fireworks displays are no different.

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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.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons hairstyle winter update
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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.