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Animal Crossing fans really want Dodo Airlines birds in Smash Ultimate

Published: 4/Apr/2020 22:54

by Brent Koepp


The Animal Crossing community is pushing for New Horizons’ Dodo Airline birds Orville & Wilbur to be added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. An artist’s creation of the DAL Crew joining the fight had fans going wild.

Animal Crossing New Horizons released on March 20 and has already become a smash hit around the world. The Nintendo title whisks players to their own island getaway as they build their town in the tropical setting.

One of the new additions fans seem to be in love with is the Dodo Airlines – or, more specifically, the bird characters that run it – and the AC community on Reddit wants them to be added to Smash Ultimate.

DAL crew in Smash Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is Nintendo’s iconic fighting game which came out in December 2018 for the Switch. The epic crossover title is packed with over 88 characters from Final Fantasy to Banjo Kazooie.
However, fans of Animal Crossing want to see New Horizons characters Orville & Wilbur to join the fight as future DLC. In the game, the two birds run the airline, which allows you to fly to other players islands or visit new locations.

Reddit user ‘toastrmann‘ kicked off the discussion over on the r/AnimalCrossing subreddit when they uploaded their fan art which depicts the DAL crewmembers in Smash.

Reddit: toastrmann
A Reddit user sparked the discussion of the New Horizon characters being added to Smash Ultimate.

Many fans agreed with the post, and got excited at the prospect of them joining the fighting title. User ‘Vaperaham’ said, “Would love for them to have an ice climbers type thing.” Another Redditor ‘OSPthatsme’ replied, “I could see the taunt being their little salute to each other!”

Animal Crossing fans would love the DAL crew to join Smash.

The two birds would be a great fit seeing as Animal Crossing is already represented in Smash Ultimate with New Leaf’s lovable mascot Isabelle and Villager.

Technically, Orville & Wilbur have already made it into Smash as Nintendo announced that the New Horizons characters will be added as ‘Spirits’ in the single-player mode for a limited-time event.

To celebrate New Horizons’ release, characters from the game will be featured as spirits in Smash Ultimate for a limited time.

Despite only being out for a couple of weeks, Animal Crossing’s latest outing has been an incredible success story for Nintendo. Within its first week alone, it broke sales records to become the fastest selling Switch title of all time in Japan.

The relaxing social simulation has captured the hearts of players from around the world, as the tropical island setting has allowed many to escape from the real world during stressful times.

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Why Animal Crossing’s hairstyles are dividing the community

Published: 23/Nov/2020 14:45

by Alice Hearing


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
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.