- Booker the Police Dog is a beloved character in the Animal Crossing franchise who was unfortunately left out of the latest game, New Horizons.
- Bringing back Booker in the next Animal Crossing title would not only satisfy series veterans, but also open up new gameplay possibilities, such as solving mysteries and arresting troublesome villagers.
- Booker’s absence in New Horizons was a missed opportunity to enhance mechanics like the lost and found feature, and his return in the future game could greatly improve the overall experience.
While Animal Crossing: New Horizons may have been a fantastic experience, it also left out many fan-favorite mechanics from past Animal Crossing titles. One such mechanic comes in the form of Booker the Police Dog and the Police Station. Even though his removal did not necessarily ruin the game, series veterans sorely missed him. And while Nintendo probably has no plans to add him to Animal Crossing: New Horizons now, the next Animal Crossing title should really run wild with him.
Booker has been a part of Animal Crossing ever since the original game, yet he was left out of the biggest Animal Crossing to date. He did not even crop up in the game’s massive expansion, which is a shame because he has become a staple of the franchise. However, that omission could be rectified if Nintendo expanded his functionality immensely with the next title. Not only could the next Animal Crossing feature his grand return, but it could bring with it new mechanics, including mysteries and the ability to arrest troublesome villagers.
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The Next Animal Crossing Should Go All in On Booker the Police Dog
Who Exactly is Booker?
Booker is a bulldog that has appeared in every Animal Crossing game besides New Horizons. He serves as either the police officer of the town or as a guard at the gate. He often works alongside his partner Copper and is a vital part of anyone’s town. While he has never really been the most useful, he still feels like the perfect addition to the Animal Crossing formula. Most real towns have a police station, so it would only make sense that a fictional one would too.
In the first Animal Crossing, Booker ran the lost and found inside the Police Station building. Players could come in and claim any lost item, even if it was not actually their item. In Wild World, he also ran the lost and found, but from the town gate instead. Along with that, he would also tell players if they had any special visitors and was in charge of the flag’s design. He served a similar role in City Folk and would assume his original role as a police officer in New Leaf as long as the Police Station was constructed.
The Next Animal Crossing Can Do So Much With the Police Station
Booker has appeared throughout the mainline series and in the spin-off Happy Home Designer, so it seems strange that he did not get to appear in New Horizons outside of an Amiibo card. There is not even a lost and found or mention of a police station, which is a shame as he was a great addition to the cast. Instead, lost items simply appear on the ground and can be picked up as players go about their day-to-day life. That may make for a fine system, but Booker really deserves to run that feature, and he could so much more if given the chance.
The next Animal Crossing should bring back many missing features, including Booker and his partner Copper. While Nintendo could simply add the lost and found, it should further expand his functionality as well. For starters, he should actually be able to utilize his status as a police officer by letting players solve mysteries. Every week, players could work alongside him to solve some random problem that seems to be plaguing the city. Maybe a villager lost their keys, someone stole the flag, rodents are sneaking into the museum, or maybe Booker simply misplaced his hat. Whatever the case may be, these mysteries could be a fun way to earn new items.
Along with mysteries, players should also be able to arrest troublesome villagers if they want. While they may not be able to arrest anyone they want, there should be a system in place that allows them to toss a criminal or annoying villager in prison for a little bit. Even if that is simply something that happens after a mystery is solved, it could make for a fun little mechanic. It could also be the perfect way to finally deal with villagers that are unable to take the hint.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the fifth major game in the Animal Crossing series. This slice-of-life simulation game tasks the player with developing an abandoned island into a small town for its resident villagers. The game was released at the start of worldwide lockdowns amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which catapulted it into massive success. It’s currently the best selling game of all time in Japan.
- March 20, 2020
- Nintendo EPD
- Online Multiplayer , Local Multiplayer
- E for Everyone: Comic Mischief
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons — Happy Home Paradise
- How Long To Beat
- 61 Hours