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Pokemon are appearing in Animal Crossing: New Horizons and it's amazing

by David Purcell

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The crossover between Pokemon and Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been an incredible sight since the latter released on March 20, with players coming up with inventive ways to mix the two worlds. 

It would be difficult to say which of New Horizons and Pokemon Sword and Shield generated the most hype after finally being made available on Nintendo Switch, but one thing is for sure, trainers are enjoying bringing a bit of the Pokemon series to their new game.

There are tons of in-game customization tools in Animal Crossing, with players being able to draw just about anything in the game, and we've rounded up some of the most creative posts we've seen so far.

Animal Crossing New Horizons Stitches
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons has generated significant interest since its release, and its players are getting creative.

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Some peoples' favorite Pokemon are appearing on islands, but not in the way you might expect them to. Whether it be traditional art painting boards, or even incorporating Pokemon into pieces of clothing, there's no lack of creativity that's for sure.

Those who surf regularly through the Pokemon Sword and Shield subreddit will know that many designs have been getting a ton of upvotes, with one of the most popular being this version of Giratina – from PawOfLaw – who drawn it out on the floor.

Giratina is a legendary that first appeared in the Pokemon Platinum game, released back in 2008. It is a member of the Creation Trio, with Dialga and Palkia – from the same region – also included.

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PawOfLaw isn't the only user to have shared their Pokemon creations from Animal Crossing, either, with several paintings having been posted as well – like these two from users SweetClovers and Shonentendo.

The players put together their own versions of Mawile and Mimikyu, two really popular species from the series.

Reddit: Shonentendo / SweetClovers
These are just two of many impressive ways Animal Crossing players are bringing Pokemon into a new world.

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Of course, this type of artwork is great and definitely traditional, but some users went a step further and found ways that their Pokemon can travel around with them in-game, which has seen the creation of several bespoke hoodies and one unique take on the crossover, which we'll come onto in a second.

Starting with the hooded tops, the one below inspired by Umbreon was created by JefferyMyers2008, sharing it to the subreddit on March 23. The other, from user Mystiically shows Snom on the front, and looks like it's ready to be shown off in stores – given the way the image has been captured.

Pokemon hoodies in Animal Crossing
Reddit: JefferyMyers2008 / Mystiically
Here are some custom hoodies that players have been sharing. Impressive, right?

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Finally, the one that might well be the pick of the bunch (we'll let you decide, of course)... The Rotom phone!

Rotom is a small Electric and Ghost-type, who can transform into different household appliances. With a little refresh in the mobile design in Animal Crossing, user amiibodan has shown how the NookPhone can actually be turned into Rotom, and look a little like a Pokedex for that matter. This was done by changing the customizable phone kit in-game, and it's pretty easy to do as well.

As posts of Pokemon designs keep flooding subreddits, many fans will likely look to break even more boundaries in the future and try out even more creative ways of getting their favorite characters into Animal Crossing. Hopefully, they will share them online for others to enjoy – because these are really impressive.

Whether or not New Horizons will do an official crossover with Sword and Shield at some stage is unknown, but this isn't a bad compromise.