Animal Crossing New Horizons Uprising

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has become one of the most popular games worldwide during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has sold an estimated five million digital copies since its release in March and has become the best selling game in the month of March. Currently, the game is the No. 2 Best-Selling Game in the U.S for the year, behind Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Additionally, the popularity of the game has made Nintendo Switch consoles sold out almost everywhere in the US since the release of the game.

Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has become the best selling game during this dire time not only because of the Animal Crossing franchise, but also the gameplay and stress relieving abilities the game portrays for the player.

Upon the start of the game, the player is flown to a deserted island with a goal of creating the best getaway island. The game immerses the player into a new world where they can decorate and customize their island however they want. There are also several tasks that the player can do every day from fishing and catching bugs to finish the museum, watering flowers and producing rare hybrids, crafting tools and furniture from diys, exploring mystery islands, making friends with villagers, and terraforming the cliffs and rivers. There’s even a turnip stock market every Sunday.

But of course, Animal Crossing: New Horizons isn’t just a single-player game. With the Nintendo Switch Online function, players can visit other players’ islands or have multiple players live on the same island. Up to eight players can live on the same island and play together. They can play music, water flowers, and even send mail and presents to each other. 

Very recently, the free April update brought several new features for their players to enjoy. The update features an Earth/Nature Day event, an introduction to collecting art, an expansion to the preexisting museum for the art gallery, new bushes and hedges, and several future events such as the May Day Tours, International Museum Day, and Wedding Season.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons prospers as not only a game to cope will the stressful pandemic but also a way to stay connected with the community whether it be through talking with fellow players or playing with friends together. During this stressful time, everyone needs something to keep us distracted and Animal Crossing has become a solution to many.

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