- Collecting furniture and decor has become more important in Animal Crossing, especially items based on other Nintendo franchises like Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda.
- The classic “Nintendo Set” was absent in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, leading to the Mario Content Update.
- The Legend of Zelda deserves the same treatment as Mario in Animal Crossing, with a full set of iconic items, but the classic Nintendo set and newer Mario items should also return.
Over the years, the interior design aspect has become one of the biggest selling points for the Animal Crossing series. While the items fans had to collect and the points players needed to earn to get a good ranking with the Happy Home Academy has always been in the game since its humble beginnings on the GameCube, making a home for themselves was always just a facet that tied into the theme of striking it out on one’s own that Animal Crossing started with. Over time, collecting furniture and decor has become much more important to the franchise as a whole.
There are a number of Animal Crossing players who look forward to what new furniture will be available in every new installment. When it came to New Horizons, some players used what they found in the overview trailers to plan their islands well in advance, coming up with concepts and themes before the game had even released. Out of all the items of furniture players can get in-game, the items based on other Nintendo franchises are incredibly popular. In this area, The Legend of Zelda in particular is due for some special treatment.
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Easter Egg-Like Furniture Items are an Animal Crossing Staple
Just as even the original Animal Crossing saw fans collecting furnishings, wallpapers, and carpets to personalize their homes, the inclusion of Nintendo-themed collectibles dates back just as far. Not only could players collect NES games they could play in their houses, but a full “Nintendo Set” featured items pulled straight from real-life and other franchises. This furniture set could be found in each Animal Crossing installment all the way to Animal Crossing: New Leaf which had the largest selection of items to date.
Animal Crossing: New Horizon’s Favoritism Towards One Nintendo IP In Particular
In many ways, Animal Crossing: New Horizon marked a new beginning for the AC series as a whole. This was felt with the expansive customization options offered for the first time ever, the frequent updates, and even the Happy Home Paradise DLC. Another important change was the fact that the classic “Nintendo Set” was completely absent. This would lead to the “Mario Content Update” which added tons of items from power-ups such as the Fire Flower, costumes of iconic Super Mario characters, and even the Warp Pipe item which teleports players across their lsland. These would be the only Nintendo items added to Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Legend of Zelda Getting the Spotlight in Animal Crossing is Overdue
While the Mario update was welcome in many ways, especially since it was part of Super Mario‘s 35th anniversary celebrations, it left a rather large hole in New Horizons‘ furnishing options. Iconic items like Arwing, the Metroid, and even the Master Sword weren’t in the game at all after being present in every game prior. This, alongside how Nintendo let The Legend of Zelda‘s 35th anniversary pass by with very little fanfare compared to Mario‘s own milestone, proves that the iconic action-adventure series deserves the same treatment.
Zelda Should Shine in the Next Animal Crossing, But It Shouldn’t Be Alone
In order to give Zelda the same treatment as Mario, that would mean making sure that many items iconic to the series are represented in items fans can collect in Animal Crossing. Between Breath of the Wild and Tears of the Kingdom, there’s plenty of potential for a full Zelda-inspired set, but while it should take up the majority of the Nintendo items, the classic Nintendo set and newer Mario items should most certainly return. After all, the convenience of the Warp Pipes was welcomed by many players, and going without it would be an oversight.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- 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