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Pokemon player brings epic Gym battles to Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Published: 17/May/2020 18:12 Updated: 18/May/2020 12:18

by Meg Bethany Koepp

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A creative Pokemon fan has brought the game’s Gym battles to Animal Crossing: New Horizons, making for an epic unofficial crossover we all wish was real.

The Pokemon Company has collaborated with Animal Crossing before: in Pocket Camp, players were able to obtain Eevee-themed clothing, accessories, and furniture for a limited time. Sadly, there’s no way of sending those items across to New Horizons, which has left fans itching for an official crossover.

There have been many recreations made in the Nintendo Switch game, as players show their love for the RPG Game Freak series, and now one fan has found a way to bring Trainer battles across – though it just makes us yearn for a real collaboration even more than we did before.

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Pocket Camp had an entire event based around Eevee in celebration of the Let’s Go games.

Pokemon battles in New Horizons

Reddit user ‘Arcanine2567‘ is the brain behind the operation, bringing the two series together in the most epic way. When you think about a fan re-creation, you’re probably imagining some Custom Designs on a shirt, or using the game’s furniture to replicate a location, but this player used floor patterns and the pathway tool to create theirs.

Pitting Generation I starters Bulbasaur and Charmander together (the Fire-type would obviously win, in every way – he’s our favorite), the fight takes place outside by a waterfall for that added Gym effect. They even included some floor lights for atmosphere as well.

While it looks like a simple arrangement, it’s scary to think about how many Custom Design slots it took up to create the playing field – there’s horizontal and vertical lines, corners, the Pokeball in the middle, and the Pokemon themselves.

Super happy with my Pokemon gym! from AnimalCrossing

This isn’t the only time players have made creations from their favorite Game Freak series: there’s been Sword & Shield, Stadium, Pallet Town, and more.

It just goes to show just how much fans love the two Nintendo franchises, and how badly they wish an official crossover would happen in New Horizons – who knows, maybe it will in the future.

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Why Animal Crossing’s hairstyles are dividing the community

Published: 23/Nov/2020 14:45

by Alice Hearing

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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
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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.