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Pokemon’s Pallet Town remade perfectly in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Published: 4/Apr/2020 19:16

by Meg Bethany Koepp

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A creative Pokemon fan has created Pallet Town in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and it’ll make Nintendo fans feel all kinds of nostalgic for their childhood days spent playing Red and Blue on Game Boy.

Pallet Town was first introduced in the Generation I Pokemon games on Game Boy. Red, Blue, and Yellow players started off in the town as a budding trainer, and lived alongside their friend and rival, and Professor Oak. From there, they embarked on a journey down Route 1 and into the unknown, hoping to one day become the Champion of the Kanto region.

While many played the games as a child, one talented fan has brought the starting town into the modern day with a brilliant re-creation in Animal Crossing: New Horizons for Nintendo Switch.

Pokemon’s Pallet Town in Animal Crossing

Twitter user ‘LinkMigue’ shared the creation on March 30, and showed off just how detailed their work is in the form of a video. In the clip, he emerges from the player’s house, before taking a walk around the area as a tour of sorts.

Not only have they included all the buildings from the original games, they even added in the water route to the south which infamously provides a direct way to Route 21 and Cinnabar Island – provided you could use Surf, of course.

To top it all off, the player wears the Pokemon Trainer outfit too, which really ties the whole thing together and makes us want to design our own islands after the Kanto region.

If this has given you a hankering to revisit the Game Boy games, you actually don’t need to dust off the old handheld console to do so. In 2018, Nintendo released Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! for the Switch – a remake of Pokemon Yellow.

Like the retro titles, players begin their journey in Pallet Town, and go through all the steps the 1998 game did to become a successful Trainer and reigning Champion.

If you’re after a new experience, though, Sword & Shield is available on the handheld console and transports fans to the Galar region for a whole new set of monsters and surroundings.

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Pallet Town got a modern remake in the Let’s Go games.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons released on March 20 after almost seven years between mainline entries in the series. Fans were understandably hungry for the game after so long – so much so, that it broke sales records in Japan on its opening weekend to become the fastest selling Switch title to date.

Players are obviously enjoying their time on the island, especially people like LinkMigue. And it makes you wonder, will we eventually see an entire Pokemon map remade in the game? We can only wait and see.

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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.