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Every Smash Ultimate character remade in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Published: 8/Jun/2020 8:36

by Theo Salaun


Two of Nintendo’s biggest franchises collide after one fan spent over 400 hours recreating every single character from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Nintendo may have gotten this all started when they added Animal Crossing’s Isabelle to Smash Bros. Ultimate, but now a fan has returned the favor, redistributing all brawlers from Smash Bros. into the bright, colorful terrain of New Horizons.

There are a full 74 characters in Smash Bros. Ultimate, the largest roster in the franchise’s history. And with seemingly infinite options for customization in Animal Crossing, it appears that one fan wanted to help Isabelle bring her new friends back to her original stomping grounds.


Animal Crossing’s Isabelle was a beloved addition to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and now the cast-exchange favor is being returned by a fan.

While characters like Mario and Snake were probably simple to recreate, they came out adorably in the AC universe. Conversely, for characters with unconventional facial features—like Yoshi and Lucario—Redditor and the cast’s creator, ‘DJ-Dez’ was able to capitalize on the game’s intricate hat design options to create brilliant workarounds.

They posted these to Reddit’s Animal Crossing hub, noting that this project took over 400 hours and could be considered their Nintendo job application.


I finally did it! 400+ hours later… Every smash bros ultimate character transported into the animal crossing world! Nintendo, this is my job application ? from AnimalCrossing

While there’s been no word just yet on Nintendo’s response, DJ-Dez is still sure to reap some incredibly positive karma for their creations. They were kind enough to share nearly all of the project’s looks (aside from a couple, like Kirby and Mr. Game & Watch, that used in-game items) through their creator ID: MA-3790-6501-6469.

This is yet another example of the Animal Crossing community showcasing boundless creativity and absolute mastery over the game’s customization suite. 

We’ve already seen other popular characters, like Adventure Time’s Finn and Avatar: the Last Airbender’s Katara, recreated by the title’s expansive creative capabilities. Those may not have been anywhere near the scale of DJ-Dez’s 74 different outfits, but they were impressive nonetheless (and accompanied by video content and location creations, respectively).


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Avatar: the Last Airbender’s Spirit Oasis reimagined in New Horizons.

Upon hearing that some were surprised DJ-Dez was giving away all of their creations for free, their reaction was heartwarming: “I’d be stupid to charge and people would be stupid to pay. World’s crazy enough as it is and people are finding it tough, so I hope this brings a little joy.” 

Looking back at that silly, tiny Donkey Kong outfit—it can most certainly be confirmed that joy has been brought.

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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.