If you’re one of the people who’s been eagerly awaiting any bit of news about the upcoming Animal Crossing game on Nintendo Switch (I’m one to speak!), I’ve got a little something to hold you over until official info drops. While we know pretty much nothing about the game at this point, fans all over the world are still celebrating the series in a variety of ways.

One of my personal favorites that I only just came across today is an Instagram account from user @ac.daily.catch dedicated to counting down the game’s release by sharing animated images bugs and fish we’ve all come to know and love from Animal Crossing over the years. From koi, to red snapper, to ladybug, to dragonfly — you can embrace the simplicity of each creature in animated by form by viewing dozens of posts. Here are a few samples of what you’ll find:

 

 
@ac.daily.catch, who goes by the name BlockyKong64 on Reddit, shared a few of the animations in r/AnimalCrossing recently, and they even went into a little detail about the creative process behind the posts. Using the in-game encyclopedia as a starting point, BlockyKong64 works with both Photoshop and Illustrator to stack 2D layers in a 3D space to give every animation a sense of depth. Projects can vary in creation time; while more simplistic designs can take just an hour, more complex creatures might demand four or five hours of the artist’s time.

While there are a lot of similarities between these small pieces of moving art and the official creatures in-game, BlockyKong64 assures viewers that they never try to match designs perfectly, and they are, indeed, original pieces of art. And it’s true! Looking closely at both, it’s clear that they definitely incorporate their own, unique print on every bug and fish.

Sure, it’s difficult waiting for all that Animal Crossing Switch news to land — but I can’t say I’m bored right now. As long as artists and fans in general keep the conversations, speculations, and art coming, there will always be something Animal Crossing related to look forward to every day! Enjoy the countdown for yourself and make sure to check out @ac.daily.catch‘s account every day to view a new animation.

 

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Written by Lauren Ganos
Creative Director, Managing Editor

Designer and writer by day, gamer by night, Lauren dreams big when it comes to creative endeavors. Perhaps that's why she's taken on the roles of creative director and managing editor for Nintendo Wire. If she had a video game superhero alias, it might just be The Visionary, a true keeper of imaginative order.

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