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Pokemon player brings Sword & Shield to Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Published: 8/Jun/2020 20:57

by Meg Bethany Koepp


Pokemon Sword & Shield’s fairy town Ballonlea comes to Animal Crossing: New Horizons at the hands of a talented fan who merged the two Nintendo games together in the perfect crossover.

Pokemon Sword & Shield kicked off Generation VIII with giant success to become the fastest selling Nintendo Switch title upon its release in November 2019, only recently being knocked off the top spot by Animal Crossing: New Horizons in March. With the two Nintendo series being powerhouses in their genres, it’s no surprise that many fans are creating crossovers between the two games.

We’ve seen epic battles brought to the life simulator, as well as actual locations from the RPG series being recreated. And now, a skilled player has designed the forest town of Ballonlea from Gen 8 – and it looks absolutely perfect!

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Ballonlea houses the Fairy-type Gym.

Sword & Shield’s Ballonlea recreated

In the game, Ballonlea is home to the Fairy-type Gym where players must defeat Opal in order to score her badge. The town is situated in a dense forest, and can only be accessed by making your way through the Glimwood Tangle. One of the key features of the mystical location is the abundance of luminous mushrooms, which light everything up for the perfect fantasy vibe.

Reddit user ‘NeonNarro1‘ is the brains behind the magic, and modeled the outside of their house to mirror the Gym. Using New Horizons’ mushroom lamps, the atmosphere of the secluded community truly comes to life. Sword & Shield’s Galar region is loosely based off of the United Kingdom, and in the games, the location’s buildings are modeled to look like Tudor cottages.

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A perfect recreation.

In another shot, the fan shows off their town entrance, using hyacinth lamps and Custom Design floor patterns to mimic the woodland theme. Flowers also line the pathways to add to the forest-like feel.

The neon lamps, again, really pull everything together, making for the perfect crossover between the two beloved Nintendo Switch games.

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The neon lamps really pull it all together.

If this has caused you to get bitten by the Pokemon bug, you’re in luck – Sword & Shield is getting its first DLC expansion titled The Isle of Armor very soon on June 17.

The new addition includes new monsters and G-Max forms, as well as new environments such as swamps, caves, and sand dunes.

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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.