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Students are using Animal Crossing: New Horizons to “graduate” college

Published: 30/Mar/2020 0:50

by Meg Bethany Koepp


Since schools and colleges are closed for the foreseeable future due to current worldwide events, New Horizons players have taken their canceled graduation ceremonies into their own hands and celebrated finishing their education in Animal Crossing instead.

March 20 saw the release of the highly anticipated Animal Crossing game for Nintendo Switch with New Horizons. It had been almost seven years since the last mainline entry in the franchise, so fans were understandably ravenous for the next installment. The game ended up smashing sales records in Japan, swiftly knocking Pokemon Sword & Shield off the top spot for the fastest selling title on the handheld console.

Many players have been using the life simulation to escape from reality during self-isolation, and some have even taken their gameplay to the next level by setting up graduation ceremonies to mimic their now-canceled real life ones – because if you’re gonna celebrate finishing college anyway, why not do it in-game?

An Animal Crossing graduation

On March 28, Twitter user WhimsyWool shared a gameplay video of a group of friends “graduating” in New Horizons, with all of them aptly wearing graduation attire, titled “How students are going to graduate in 2020.”

One person stood at the front handing out diplomas, while others sat down on chairs and watched as a student walked on-screen and used an emote to mimic accepting their hard-earned achievement.

Everyone then clapped, as the individual sat down in their chair and waited for the next person to come along – much like a real-life graduation ceremony.

On the same day over on Facebook, another user shared screenshots of his in-game celebration with friends. Again, wearing appropriate attire, they all sat down in chairs as one person stood at the front to accept their accolade – this time, using a surgeonfish instead of an emote.

Everyone in attendance wore a surgical mask too, which is highly appropriate given current world events and the unfortunate reasoning behind their canceled ceremony.

“Since we won’t be able to graduate in real life, we decided to graduate in Animal Crossing,” the caption read. The post, uploaded to the ‘Animal Crossing Memes’ group, quickly went viral with over 11,000 likes, 2,000 shares, and almost 700 comments at the time of writing.

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If you can’t graduate in real life, why not take it to Animal Crossing?

With New Horizons being a great distraction from real world goings-on right now for many people, it’s hardly a surprise that it’s being used to host gatherings like this – especially with everybody practicing social distancing.

Speaking of events, the first official in-game Bunny Day kicks off on April 1 in celebration of Easter. Zipper T. Bunny will be visiting towns until April 12, and hiding eggs that can be used to craft special themed clothing and furniture.


Animal Crossing player’s crazy Smash Ultimate tournament venue goes viral

Published: 2/Dec/2020 23:58

by Michael Gwilliam


An Animal Crossing New Horizons player designed a brilliant Smash Ultimate tournament venue in-game, and many fans are absolutely loving it.

The global health crisis really hurt LAN events for Smash Ultimate and other fighting games in 2020. Many venues that thrived off hosting events suffered immensely, and while players have been missing in-person competitions, that didn’t stop one player from recreating a tournament venue within Animal Crossing.

Animal Crossing is chock full of materials and objects that work well to design a fighting game venue, and Redditor ‘timshady11’ made good use of them for their creation.

Anyone who has ever been to a weekly tournament at a bar, restaurant or arcade is familiar with the general layout. You have the front desk for signups and registration, numerous setups for people to compete and a spot designated for streaming high-profile matchups.

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The Smash scene got a bit beaten up.

In this case, timshady11 included all of those things and then some. As you can see in the video, there is a desk area by the entrance with a laptop and Smash Ultimate book to keep track of tournament entrees.

Moving on from there, the venue has all sorts of desks with two chairs, a monitor and a Nintendo Switch. In total, we count six of these non-featured setups, which is a respectable number for a weekly event.

The venue also has numerous arcade cabinets, vending machines, booths, couches, and of course, a stream setup. That section is pretty well-made with cameras, a computer, and three couches in the vicinity for observers.

Made a Smash Tournament Venue in Animal Crossing New Horizons! from smashbros

Users on Reddit were certainty impressed with the creation. “Awesome! The aesthetic is cozy and cool, really like the vibe overall,” one complimented.

“This is amazing! It made me really nostalgic for IRL tournaments tho,” another remarked with a frowny face emoji.

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Smash players have been missing LAN events.

If you want to visit the island for yourself, timshady11 revealed it as: DA-3428-2657-9989.

While Smash tournaments have been forced to move online, hopefully, players will get the opportunity to return to their venues in the foreseeable future and duke it out in person once again. Until then, at least there’s always the Animal Crossing island to tide us over.