Animal Crossing

Best flower & gardening layouts in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Published: 30/May/2020 22:30

by Meg Bethany Koepp


Making your town pretty is something many, if not all, Animal Crossing: New Horizons players strive to achieve. Using flowers to beautify your island makes a whole lot of difference, especially when putting them in a specific layout.

There’s an art to making your town look amazing in Animal Crossing, especially in New Horizons. The Nintendo Switch title added new ways to put a unique spin on your game, including terraforming, being able to finally place furniture outdoors, and more.

One thing that’s stayed the same, though, is planting flowers. Many players will do this to add more scenery to their islands – not to mention you need to do so to be able to achieve 5 star status. Growing different colors and types together can make a massive difference as well.

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Flowers make a big difference.

New Horizons flower layouts

Green-thumbed Reddit user ‘N8vtx‘ has mastered the use of flower layouts to create beautiful floral arrangements, having shared multiple different ones online to cater to every type of player and theme. After all, why just plant them anywhere when you can make it look a million times prettier by using different colors and types?

If your town has more of a darker, gothic-esque feel to it, then their ‘Vampire’ design might be for you, whereas if you’re embracing the warm weather and summer vibes, the ‘Tropical’ theme could fit in perfectly.

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Designing flower layouts is an art.

Another set of layouts shows off the ‘English Garden’ set, which would be perfect for placing outside cute villagers’ homes such as Lolly, Flurry, or Fauna.

‘Primrose’ fits the more serious, smug type such as Raymond, Marshal, or Julian, since the yellow and blue gives off a more masculine, businessy vibe.

Different breeds and colors fit different island themes.

N8vtxn even designed a floral arrangement for the Able Sisters shop, matching the red, green, and yellow hues to some yellow cosmos, red windflowers, green mums, and blue hyacinths.

The ‘Toadstool’ design would also be a great accompaniment to the Nook’s Cranny, as the store’s sign is red in New Horizons, though you could match it to your house if you have a similarly colored roof.

‘Sweetart’ reminds us of candy, so it would really help to beautify a sweets or a princess-themed island with all the different shades of pink and purple.

Many, if not all, of these designs require hybrid flowers, which can take some time and patience to grow. To find out how to produce them quicker, check out our guide here.

When you’ve got yourself an amazing flower layout running throughout your town, you’ll no doubt want to take a photo or two to share online and with friends – something our screenshot guide can also help you with.

Animal Crossing

Why Animal Crossing’s hairstyles are dividing the community

Published: 23/Nov/2020 14:45

by Alice Hearing


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
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.