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How to get a 5 star town rating in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Published: 27/Apr/2020 0:49

by Meg Bethany Koepp


Getting the desired five star town rating in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is no easy feat, but here are some tips to help you achieve the coveted accomplishment.

The Animal Crossing series has always had what’s called a ‘Perfect’ rating, in which fans strive to achieve in order to have the best town possible. In the GameCube version, if the status was kept up for 15 days, players would receive the Golden Axe. In Wild World and City Folk, it was the Golden Watering Can, and in New Leaf you’d get the Flower Clock as well.

New Horizons replaces the perfect town status with an island evaluation in which you must earn a star rating, but it’s pretty much the same sort of deal. Isabelle will reward you with the Golden Watering Can DIY once you’ve reached it, so it’s definitely worth trying to achieve it.

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Talk to Isabelle in the Town Hall to find out your star rating.

How to get five-star rating in New Horizons

To improve your island rating, you need to make sure your town is as immaculate and as appealing to visitors as possible. A good base point is to ensure you remove all weeds, garbage, and dropped items from the ground as this can affect your score greatly. You also need to make sure you have at least nine villagers moved in.

The museum and the Able Sisters shop also need to have been built, and you’ll need to upgrade your island’s infrastructure – AKA building inclines and bridges to make it easier for residents and visitors to get around.

Trees will also need to be added by planting saplings bought from Nook’s Cranny and by burying fruit – though you can’t have over 220 in your town otherwise it’ll affect the rating negatively, so be strategic if you’re planning on making a forest. Planting lots and lots of flowers will also help.

Having too many trees can lower your score.

Lastly, decorating your town is the thing that will have the most impact on your score, and can mean the difference between a four and a five star rating. Not only will you need to place bought furniture, but also stuff you’ve crafted with DIY recipes as well.

Do all of this and Isabelle should award you with that coveted 5-star achievement, which also nets you with the Golden Watering Can DIY and Lily of the Valley flowers will start popping up randomly around your island.

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The Simpsons intro gets epic recreation in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Published: 8/Aug/2020 1:00 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 14:22

by Brent Koepp


An Animal Crossing YouTuber went viral after re-creating The Simpsons’ iconic intro in New Horizons. The player’s incredible mashup is one of the best things you’ll see today.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons took the world by storm after making its debut in March. The latest release in the long-running franchise introduced new features such as the ability to shape your village however you see fit using terraforming.

The new mechanic has sparked the imaginations of millions of users on social media, and one creator went viral after using the tool to bring The Simpsons to the social-simulation title. Their re-imagination of the classic cartoon’s intro is the perfect crossover.

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A talented creator made The Simpsons intro in Animal Crossing.

The Simpsons re-imagined in Animal Crossing

The Simpsons made its debut in 1989, and has gone on to become a juggernaut in pop culture over the last three decades. In 2020, the animation is in its 31st season. To celebrate, a player re-created the show’s intro in New Horizons.

Gaming YouTuber ‘Great-Bit Arcade‘ uploaded their mind blowing creation to their channel on July 29, and quickly went viral. The video carefully re-creates the animation’s iconic intro, which follows the Simpson family throughout their town of Springfield.

The fan creatively used assets from Animal Crossing to create the town’s nuclear plant, before hilariously cutting to their character writing on a chalk board in school while wearing Bart Simpson’s signature outfit.

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Maggie and Marge Simpson are re-created in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Great-Bit’s video meticulously recreates every scene, from Maggie and Marge driving to Lisa playing her saxophone in school. The YouTuber even created a couch gag with the Simpson family walking in to find Tom Nook and Isabelle taking up all the space on their sofa.

Animal Crossing’s latest release has been a major success for Nintendo. In a quarterly report posted in August, it was revealed the social simulation title has sold over 22.4 million units – making it the second highest-selling game on the console.

New Horizons’ terraforming tool has encouraged players from around the world to share their creations on social media. Fans have reimagined things from Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away to Avatar: The Last Airbender using the game’s new feature.