Animal Crossing: New Horizons Offers Relaxation Among Crisis

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a new life simulator game from Nintendo. The game gives you the freedom to do whatever you please, from fishing to redecorating your house.

Carson Yore, Staff Reporter

On Mar. 20, the Japanese gaming goliath Nintendo released one of their longest awaited and most anticipated games: Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The game is the latest in a long series of life simulator games where you, a human, live amongst a town of sentient animals and are given the freedom to do whatever you want.

“Animal crossing is a good time passer because of all the amazing things you can accomplish,” senior Callista Mueller said. “Catching fish, butterflies, and traveling to other islands to bring coconut trees back to my island is so relaxing. It’s even more relaxing than a bubble bath.”

While Nintendo did not originally plan to release Animal Crossing: New Horizons in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, their sales have benefited from the recent quarantine. In Japan, where Nintendo is based, 2.6 million copies were sold in the first ten days after the game’s release.

“I think March 20th was the perfect time for Animal Crossing to be released because with the coronavirus pandemic a lot of time has opened up,” senior Brianna Cullari said. “If I didn’t have online school I would literally be playing all day.”

Life simulator games like Animal Crossing: New Horizons are typically relaxed, stress-free experiences. They simulate what is essentially a utopia where players are not held back by any real world responsibilities, and can accomplish as little or as much as they set their minds to.

“It can be stress relieving because it helps me forget about what’s going on in the world right now,” Cullari said. “I start focusing on other things in the game without even realizing I’ve been zoned out from my real life.”

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a special game that has provided a small escape for players around the globe. It has created a safe, lighthearted, and fun community for players of all ages to feel welcome in.

“My favorite part of animal crossing is being able to travel to my friends’ islands and see the amazing community they’ve built,” Mueller said. “I also look for all the fruit I can steal.”