With the recent incredible success of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it’s hard to imagine that anyone that has a Switch right now NOT owning the game. At this point, the franchise feels mainstream, but some might not believe that for a long time it was actually rather divisive, with some Nintendo fans and gamers in general not understanding the simple appeal the games had to offer.
As a result, there are still tons of people out there who have never played an Animal Crossing game, and it looks like Nintendo knows that. So much, in fact, that they’ve recently put out a short video for those who might be on the fence or are diving into the series for the first time.
Titled “What is Animal Crossing: New Horizons? A Guide for the Uninitiated,” the video is exactly what it sounds like — a four minute guide for those who’ve never played, and might be interested but need a little more information. The video goes on to explain how Animal Crossing is meant to be a game for relaxation and unwinding, and that it moves at the pace that you prefer best — with as much time in the world as you’d like.
It then gets into some game mechanics that people unfamiliar with the series might not be aware of, like the real-time mechanic, changing seasons, catching bugs and fish, upgrading and decorating your home and island, and even the DIY system, which is new to this entry.
There are other details as well, that fans of the game will at this point no doubt be familiar with, but overall do a good job of explaining what the gameplay is like — what’s new to this game in comparison to other Animal Crossing games, and how to make the most out of your experience. For new players or people on the fence, this short watch will surely help get people going on their new island getaways.
More than anything, though, there’s one specific line from the video that I think sums up the Animal Crossing experience better than anything else, and will hopefully get people who’ve never tried the series on board:
“In short, you’re free to do what you like.”
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