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Animal Crossing spirits arrive in Smash Ultimate for limited-time event

Published: 3/Apr/2020 2:01

by Andrew Amos

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A limited-time Spirit event, themed around Animal Crossing: New Horizons, is coming to Smash Ultimate, including four characters newly-introduced to the franchise.

If you can drag yourself away from Animal Crossing: New Horizons for just a minute, you might be able to catch an awesome crossover event between that and fellow Nintendo franchise Smash.

Nintendo has announced that more Animal Crossing spirits are arriving in Smash Ultimate for a limited time, including new characters from New Horizons.

Flick, CJ, Daisy Mae, and Orville & Wilbur will be making their debut in Smash, just a couple of weeks since arriving to islands around Animal Crossing.

They’ll be joined by up to 38 other spirits, who are already available in Smash Ultimate.

How to get Animal Crossing spirits in Smash Ultimate

The “Animal Crossing Spirits! Yes, Yes!” event starts at 11pm PT on April 2, and will run for five days.

To collect the dozen-odd Animal Crossing characters in Smash, you’ll have to find them on your Spirit Board. All the spirits available will appear at various times throughout the next couple of days ⁠— you’ll just have to wait until the one you want comes around.

There’s no confirmed times for any of the spirits yet, but we will let you know as soon as they are available.

The spirits will be attached to a regular Smash fighter in battle, and you’ll have to defeat them in battle to free the spirit.

Each spirit will give a boost to players who equip them in certain battles. For example, CJ will attract items towards your character, allowing you to pick them up with ease.

You’ll also be able to grind and level them up to make them more powerful. By training them in the Dojo, sending them exploring, or feeding them snacks, you can transform your spirits into real game-changers.

You’ll have until April 7, 11pm PT, to collect the four new spirits, as well as any number of other Animal Crossing spirits that also appear on the board.

After that, they might disappear forever. So if you are a fan of both franchises, be sure to grind some Smash and get your favorite Animal Crossing character in Spirit form.

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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.