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Viral Netflix show Tiger King makes Animal Crossing: New Horizons debut

Published: 19/May/2020 8:59 Updated: 19/May/2020 9:09

by Isaac McIntyre


Two of 2020’s biggest viral sensations in Animal Crossing: New Horizons and documentary series ‘Tiger King’ have finally had their long-awaited crossover, after a fan mixed the two together in a hilarious fake-trailer crossover.

Netflix struck solid gold with the release of Tiger King in March. The true-crime documentary miniseries focused on zookeeper Joe Exotic, and his big cat collection. More than 34 million people watched it in its very first week.

It makes complete sense then, that another massive hit from this year would eventually play host to Joe Exotic’s story: Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Nintendo’s follow-up to their huge social sim franchise equally exploded in 2020.

There’s already been plenty of crossovers in Animal Crossing so far: Pokemon, Breaking Bad, and Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away have all debuted in Nintendo’s island-based title. Now it is Tiger King’s turn, and it’s as wild as you’d expect.

Redditor ‘elpinko was the architect of the crossover. The talented fan even went beyond just adding Joe Exotic and Carol Baskin to the game ⁠— they mocked up a near-perfect trailer, based entirely in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Tiger King main character Joe Exotic has made his Animal Crossing: New Horizons debut thanks to a hilarious crossover trailer.
Screenshot: elpinko, via Nintendo
Tiger King main character Joe Exotic has made his Animal Crossing: New Horizons debut thanks to a hilarious crossover trailer.

The 1:38-minute animated trailer opens with the familiar Netflix drum roll⁠— though this time it was “Nookflix” ⁠— before cutting to a New Horizons-styled Joe Exotic saying his now-viral line: “I’m never going to financially recover from this.”

All the popular characters from the show were present in elpinko’s hilarious trailer too ⁠— Joe Exotic T.V. producer Rick Kirkham, John Finlay, Bhagavan ‘Doc’ Antle, and the infamous Carol Baskin all had star roles in the crossover clip.

The Tiger King was clearly a hit in the Animal Crossing universe too, considering the reviews elpinko added. Tom Nook dubbed it “absolutely outrageous,” while Timmy and Tommy echoed it was the “best thing [they’d] seen.”

According to elpinko, the Animal Crossing-Tiger King trailer took “about a week and a half” to put together because they had to make all the outfits, build the set pieces, act out the scenes for the trailer, and edit it ⁠— but we’re glad they did!

The fantastic trailer creation now begs the question: which popular franchise will we see in Nintendo’s cartoon world next? We can’t wait to see!

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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.