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How to make Rick and Morty-like portals in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Published: 5/Jun/2020 22:51

by Brittany Vincent


Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Rick and Morty are two worlds you may never have expected to mix. Now, you can bring a little “wubba lubba dub-dub” to your island, thanks to a clever fan creation.

Ever wished you could bring a little bit of that signature Rick and Morty flavor to Animal Crossing? Now you can, thanks a talented comedian and creator named Chris Nguyen. The fan painstakingly worked to recreate a scene from the popular Adult Swim series from Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon on his very own island, all in celebration of the show’s fourth season.

The result of Nguyen’s hard work is Rick’s infamous garage, where he does all of his important science work. The finished tableau includes shelving, sink, a terrified Morty villager and one of Rick’s signature portals. As Nguyen relayed in an interview with Inverse, building Rick’s workshop didn’t take that long, but the response has been tremendous. He noted that he didn’t have to use too many custom designs, either, to make it all come to life.

If you want to add a few portals (or even a plumbus) to your Animal Crossing island, we’ve got everything you need to know about doing so. Read on for the lowdown.

How to make portals in Animal Crossing

Rick and Morty stepping out of a portal.
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Don’t worry. Your Animal Crossing portal won’t be nearly as dangerous as the real thing.

Because obviously portals don’t exist within the Animal Crossing universe, Nguyen had to do some custom work to bring them to life. He was kind enough to share the QR codes to each half of the portal he made so you can create one for your island – or place them all over to trick unsuspecting villagers into being transported somewhere else. Sigh, if only.

To make the portals, you’ll need to scan both sides of the image since Nguyen had to split the original in half. Here are the codes you need to use.

The left side of the portal QR code for Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Chris Nguyen
The QR code for the left side of the portal.
The right side of the portal QR code for Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Chris Nguyen
The right side of the portal QR code for Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Once you’ve scanned in the portal images, all you need to do is place them in a manner that joins them together. You can do this anywhere you have room on the island. Both pieces should make a decent-sized portal. Show us what you got!

How to make a plumbus in Animal Crossing

A plumbus from Rick and Morty.
Adult Swim
A plumbus from Rick and Morty.

Want to get riggidy riggidy wrecked even further? You can add a plumbus to your Animal Crossing home via the same method you used to add a portal. What’s it do? Nothing, really. But it will add more ambiance to your Rick and Morty-inspired animal island hideout.

Just scan in the QR code below, also created by Nguyen, and place where you desire. It can go anywhere, really. That’s sort of the beauty of a plumbus. Only the Rickest Ricks and the Mortiest Morties have one, though.

A QR code to create a plumbus in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Chris Nguyen
The QR code for your new plumbus in Animal Crossing.

With the addition of a portal and a plumbus to your island, you’ll be one step closer to living your dream of becoming a member of the Sanchez-Smith family.

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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.