The number of little touches and flourishes that help bring the place to life is incredible, and I’m left wondering what other, similar, treats Nintendo has snuck into the museum for us to discover. Instead of throwing away leftover peels, place small slices of the orange or lemon peel along windowsills, doorways or near cracks or holes where flies are lurking about. While observing the ant farm, for example, I noticed a small trail of ants marching out of a hole in the glass. So should you get out the insecticide, or learn to live with them? You can use apple cider vinegar to get rid of flies by creating a homemade trap. As you’ve probably seen from the trailers, your new life on a blissful island paradise doesn’t get off to the best start in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Naturally, all the tools from previous Animal Crossing games make a return in New Horizons. The Nook Phone is a properly wonderful little gizmo that’s packed full of exciting apps to make island living a breeze. Make your mornings easier with this personal blender. Nook Miles can be obtained by simply living life and doing all the things you’d be doing in an Animal Crossing game anyway.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf hit 3DS back in 2012 – eight years ago – and fans of Nintendo’s charming village life sim have been found themselves starved of the apple-picking, bug-catching, letter-sending action they so desperately crave for the better part of a decade. It’s clear to me that this is a mode fans are going to be spending a LOT of time with, and I can’t wait to see what any budding interior designers out there will come up with thanks to the added freedom it affords. From the bright colours and warm glow of the butterfly house in the insect exhibit, to the gloomy deep blues of the aquarium, this is an area where you’ll actually want to spend time. And if you want to capture a particular moment, you can take photos that automatically save the Switch’s gallery. Want to know the secret to a fresh bathroom?
I don’t know for sure yet, but I suspect that there’ll be unbreakable tools that you can unlock eventually. If you’ve ever spent a day in the kitchen swatting flies with a tea towel, then you’ll know all too well how frustrating it can be. You can rinse it off once you’re done, then leave it in your shower to dry. Say hello to neighbours, catch fish and bugs, even just spend bells in the store – almost everything you do in New Horizons can earn you Nook Miles, which makes for a nice and consistent sense of progress and reward. Tom Nook has clearly been peeking at the same playbook used by Ja Rule and the organisers of Fyre Festival; you show up to find a gorgeous – but completely deserted – island. Perhaps most exciting of all, however, the Nook Phone lets you accumulate something called Nook Miles. That is why you suddenly find holes in anything that they land on like rugs, curtains, books, clothing, and so on.
Don’t like where a river is? As an added bonus, mosquitos don’t like basil either, while mint is also said to be revolting to fleas, ants, and mosquitos. The first step to dealing with ants in your house is ensuring they don’t have access to food. Your first few days will involve clearing the island of its many, many weeds (which can thankfully be sold for a tidy profit), arranging places to live for yourself and your animal chums, and basically taming the wilderness back into something livable. While all previous Animal Crossing games dumped you into a pre-built town full of critters, New Horizons tasks you with building your very own community from the ground up. One of the best things about previous Animal Crossing games was accumulating furniture and building the perfect home. The good news is that Animal Crossing: New Horizons is out for Nintendo Switch in just over two weeks, and it’s fair to say that excitement is reaching fever pitch. When I played Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Wild World, I filled up my museum because I felt like I had to. All Animal Crossing games have featured a museum where your various bugs, fish, and fossils are collected and stored, but the museum in New Horizons is something else entirely.
I only had the briefest of plays with this particular feature, but already there’s no way I could ever go back to the way we decorated homes in earlier games. Based on what I saw, you can complain about the way a villager talks or dresses, after which you’re assured the offending party will be taken for a stern word. I’m not sure what actually happens to the villager after this talking to, but I imagine their behaviour and/or dress sense will be noticeably different. After two to three seconds, the item will be sealed. You can read up on all the bugs and fish you’ve caught so far, and maybe even learn a thing or two about a thing or two. They dry faster than microfiber and cotton, so they won’t harbor as much bacteria, so you can pack them in your bag a few minutes after using without worrying about them soaking your clothes. It’s a feeling you’re probably familiar with: You’re running out of lotion and can’t quite squeeze out those last few droplets. It turns out that flies can’t stand the scent of citrus either!