Pokemon fans continue to find brilliant ways of incorporating their favorite game into Animal Crossing: New Horizons – this time, bringing epic battles to the life simulation Nintendo Switch title.
New Horizons debuted onto the handheld console on March 20, and was an instant success with fans – especially since they’d waited over almost seven years for a new mainline entry in the series. It obliterated sales records in Japan to become the fastest-selling Switch title to date in just its opening weekend alone.
Pokemon fans have also been enjoying the game, designing outfits and monsters from the series and the like in their own islands. And now, one Trainer has brought battles over for that true Nintendo crossover experience.
Pokemon battles in New Horizons
On April 3, Reddit user ‘yurkth’ shared their design to the Animal Crossing subreddit, showing off just how they’d managed to incorporate the two games into one for the perfect crossover.
Using Pokemon patterns to lay out the battle interface from what looks to be the Generation III Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald games, the player labelled each side as “Butterfree” and “Squirtle” to mimic a true-to-life fight.
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That’s not all, though – they even placed an emperor butterfly model made by Flick in the butterfly monster’s spot, and a snapping turtle on the Water-type’s side to bring the brawl to reality in a brilliantly creepy way.
Yurkth picked smug cat villager Raymond to play their opponent in the match, and he looks oddly like Giovanni from Team Rocket with his gray suit outfit, which is obviously very fitting.
The cat is a fan-favorite with Animal Crossing players right now, mainly due to his heterochromia, meaning he has one green eye and one brown eye which makes him very desirable.
While Pokemon battles won’t be coming to the life simulation game anytime soon, this creation still manages to capture the essence of the RPG perfectly, and makes us want an official crossover more than ever.
It wouldn’t be the first time the two franchises have collaborated. In late 2018, Animal Crossing mobile game Pocket Camp got a special Eevee event in celebration of the Let’s Go games on Switch, so it’s not so far-fetched to hope that they will do similar with New Horizons in the future.
For now, we’ll have to settle for some amazing fan creations instead to get our Pokemon fix in the social simulation title.