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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


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.


Animal Crossing player creates perfect Pokemon Center in New Horizons

Published: 6/Jan/2021 1:02

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon player made waves on social media after faithfully recreating a Pokemon Center in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Animal Crossing’s latest outing, New Horizons, was the breakout hit of 2020. Since its debut in March, the lovable Nintendo title has taken over social media as players around the world share their unique creations.

One Pokemon fan used the the game’s new editing tools to accurately build a Pokecenter in the social simulation title. Their stunning recreation of the iconic RPG location is one of the best things you will see all week.

Nintendo (via Twitter: @triforcemeg)
New Horizons’ features let players create their wildest dreams.

Pokemon fan creates Pokemon Center in Animal Crossing

Originally releasing on the GameCube in 2001, Animal Crossing has become a juggernaut for Nintendo. Its latest release, New Horizons, has given players an unprecedented amount of freedom to shape their island to their wildest imaginations.

Using the new game mechanics, a Pokemon fan set out to recreate what is perhaps the most iconic location in the Game Freak RPG – a Pokecenter. Artist ‘acnh.pokeland‘ shared their incredible project on the r/AnimalCrossing and r/Pokemon subreddits on January 5. “Pokéland is now opened!! 1st section: The Pokémon Center!!” they wrote.

The image shows the user’s Animal Crossing avatar adorably posing in Nurse Joy’s signature medical uniform. The artist creatively used various New Horizons items to bring the location to life, such as a pink shirt behind the counter featuring a Blissey design, and round hats patterned to look like Pokeballs.

animal crossing pokemon center
Reddit: u/ACQueen48
ACQueen48 created the Pokemon Center in New Horizons.

Pokemon fans praised the creator’s work, such as one user who exclaimed, “This is so cool!!! You did an amazing job on these.” Another player agreed and wrote, “Wow! I heard the music in my head as soon as I saw the pic! Great Job!”

Screenshot of Pokemon fans reacting to Animal Crossing Pokemon Center.

Incredibly this isn’t the only location the talented fan has created in New Horizons. Over on their Instagram account, they showed off images of their Poke-Mart as well. Longtime players of the RPG will remember the in-game store used to be a separate building up until Gen IV.

This isn’t the first time Pokemon fans have gotten creative in the Switch title. In May, one Animal Crossing user recreated battle Stadiums from the RPG. Players in July also used the custom Fireworks feature to light up the sky with popular ‘mon.

Despite releasing only at the beginning of 2020, New Horizons is already the second highest-selling game in Japan of all time. The social simulation title has sparked the imaginations of millions – including many creative Pokefans.