Digital Media Concepts/Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Animal Crossing: New Horizons

OverviewEdit

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is developed and produced by Nintendo and the video game is only compatible with the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo Switch Lite. This game is the fifth series of the Animal Crossing franchise and it was released on March 20, 2020. It is a simulation video game that's intended for audiences of all ages and that it consists with many other characters on a player's island. The game is open-ended and open-world as the players can decide what they want to do.

GameplayEdit

Generally, the game play revolves around personalizing a player's own island and doing tasks that the villagers ask them to do. The currency in the game are bells[1] and Nook Miles[2] in which that the player can go buy clothing, furniture, crops, mortgage, upgrade their island, and take part in certain events. A player can earn money by catching bugs, digging for artifacts, going fishing and so on. They are able to customize their house and add floors or rooms with different things inside. Not only that, they're able to change clothes, draw pictures or design their own shirts and buy furniture and decorations. It's played as the same calendar you have in real life, an hour takes an hour, the day and night cycles coincide with day and night, so different things will be available based on what season you’re in, what time of day it is, etc.[3] There are lots of little holiday events that occur during the season and that you can attend festivities.[4]

Players can play with friends online by visiting their islands by adding them with their dodo code. Players are able to showoff their islands to friends and just admire the scenery with each other, go fishing, have matching outfits, and a photoshoot.[5]Also, players can trade and sell items with each other that can be valuable for their island.

Users trade and sell turnips in which that they hold high value in bells and "Turnips are basically the Animal Crossing: New Horizons version of the stock market - adorably known as the stalk market".[6]

CharactersEdit

Each villager has its own personality traits and designs that make them special. Well known, characters in the game are Isabelle, Tom Nook, K.K Slider and Timmy and Tommy. There's only "ten villagers"[7] that can live on a player's island and they can get villagers by going to different islands by using nook miles and communicating with them to live on their island. Different villagers can visit a player's island and some non player characters only visit on a specific day in which that each day there's a new task to take from each villager. They also have the option to leave a player's island due to neglecting them or having a very strong relationship with them. Every villager has a hidden friendship amount and when met, they're likely to request to leave. Once a player builds a strong relationship with a villager it will likely leave to let the player connect with other villagers.[8]

Most Desired Villagers [9]
Ranks Characters
1. Raymond
2. Marshal
3. Audie
4. Ankha
5. Coco
6. Fauna
7. Merengue
8. Bob
9. Stitches
10. Diana

Other MediaEdit

Nintendo released a wide variety of Animal Crossing merchandise including toys, clothing, utensils, pins and plushes.[10][11] There was a release of a book that included walkthroughs to make a player's island perfect, tips and tricks, and extra information from the developers.[12]

There was a Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing: New Horizons Edition which was released on March 13th, 2020.[13]

There has been restocks of the limited edition Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing: New Horizons Edition.[14]

Previous GamesEdit

Game Series[15]
Title Console Released Year
Animal Crossing GameCube 2001
Animal Crossing: Wild World Nintendo DS 2005
Animal Crossing: City Folk Wii 2008
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Nintendo 3DS 2012
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo Switch 2020

ReferencesEdit

  1. Green, Jake (2020-08-03). "Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Make Bells Quickly (August 2020)". USgamer. Retrieved 2020-10-12.
  2. April 2020, Sam Loveridge 23. "Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nook Miles Rewards - How to unlock them all and everything you earn". gamesradar. Retrieved 2020-10-12.
  3. Unnikrishnan, Hrithik (2020-06-09). "Animal Crossing: New Horizon - All You Need To Know About The Gameplay". EssentiallySports. Retrieved 2020-10-13.
  4. "Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Holidays and Special Events Calendar". Metabomb.net. Retrieved 2020-10-13.
  5. Frushtick, Russ (2020-03-20). "Animal Crossing: New Horizons: How to add and invite online friends guide". Polygon. Retrieved 2020-10-13.
  6. September 2020, Sam Loveridge 24. "How turnips work in Animal Crossing: New Horizons". gamesradar. Retrieved 2020-10-13.
  7. "Animal Crossing: New Horizons Villagers Guide - How to Get More, Kick Them, Max Villager Limit". Fanbyte. 2020-03-24. Retrieved 2020-10-13.
  8. "Animal Crossing New Horizons: Why Do Villagers Want To Move Away?". ScreenRant. 2020-04-25. Retrieved 2020-10-13.
  9. "Here are Animal Crossing's most sought after villagers". iMore. 2020-09-30. Retrieved 2020-10-13.
  10. "Merchandise". Animal Crossing World. Retrieved 2020-10-13.
  11. "The Best Animal Crossing: New Horizons Merch--Accessories, Plushies, Clothing, And More". GameSpot. Retrieved 2020-10-13.
  12. "Animal Crossing: New Horizons Official Companion Guide Delayed Until Mid April to Early May, Depending On Region". Animal Crossing World. 2020-04-04. Retrieved 2020-10-13.
  13. "Update: Animal Crossing Switch Console Pre-Orders Are Sold Out". GameSpot. Retrieved 2020-10-13.
  14. Sheridan, Connor; October 2020, Benjamin Abbott 10. "Super rare Nintendo Switch: Animal Crossing edition console deal back in stock today". gamesradar. Retrieved 2020-10-13.
  15. "Here's A Timeline of Animal Crossing Games Over the Years - go!". www.globe.com.ph. Retrieved 2020-10-06.