Getting Started with Animal Crossing

Relaxing is important during a hectic school year. Some people like to take baths to unwind, while others prefer exercising or taking naps. Personally, I’m a big fan of playing Animal Crossing when I need to take a break from my stressful schedule. Whether you’re a lifelong fan of video games or someone like myself who’s new to them, Animal Crossing can provide not only fun, but relaxation as well. While Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) came out months ago in March 2020, but, it still provides endless entertainment. If you’ve recently acquired ACNH or you’re thinking about getting the game and you’re wondering where to start, I have some tips for you.

  1. Don’t be intimidated
    When I first started playing New Horizons, I would watch hour-long YouTube videos where people would give tours of their islands and I would feel very inadequate in comparison. For those who may not know, when you start the game, your island is, to put it simply, a mess. If you desire urbanization on your island, you’ll eventually need to clear away weeds and chop down extra trees, but that isn’t a necessity right away. What’s most important is to relax, and not compare your game experience to anyone else’s because, at the end of the day, Animal Crossing is still just a game. 
  1. Names last forever
    One important thing to note when you start playing is that the names you choose for yourself and your island cannot be changed unless you completely reset the game. If you’re tempted to pick something as a joke and you think you might regret it later, don’t choose it. Personally, I thought about my island name for a while before finally settling on something, so don’t be afraid to take your time and think about what you want to call your island.
  1. The game has longevity
    Some critics have said ACNH is fun at first, but eventually becomes boring, and I disagree greatly. If you get bored, you can redo the decor and design of your island as many times as you want, and if you want to go back to the beginning, you can reset your island and start again. The odds of you just getting bored, however, are slim because there is so much to do. Some people focus on upgrading their island as much as possible, some try to catch every fish and bug, and others focus their time on their villagers. If you discover a new bug or fish in the game and Blathers just can’t give you enough information, you could always use the library’s databases to learn more.
  1. Enjoy your villagers
    Speaking of villagers, don’t get too hung up on which ones you do or don’t have because eventually you’ll have the option for them to move off your island and you’ll be able to look for new ones to fill their spots. Some players only like the cutest villagers, but I’ve found that there’s something to love about all of them. The villagers that moved onto my island randomly became some of my favorites, so remember that it’s okay if you don’t start with your dream villagers.
  1. Have fun
    At the risk of sounding too cheesy, the most important part of playing any game is fun. New Horizons isn’t for everyone, but I think it has a lot to offer that could get most people excited. If you want to play with others, you can have multiple islanders on one console, and you can play together. If you have friends who have the game as well, you can send each other gifts and visit one another to truly take advantage of what ACNH has to offer. Animal Crossing is an incredible amount of fun, and if you’re considering playing, I would definitely recommend it.

If you find yourself in the mood to play video games, but you unfortunately don’t have a Nintendo Switch, you can always borrow the library’s Sega Genesis. While you won’t be able to enjoy ACNH, you’ll still be able to get your video game fix. If you love the creativity aspect of the game, you can borrow our drawing tablet to get in touch with your artsy side, and if you want to make clothes like the Able sisters you can borrow our sewing machine. Relaxation is key when it comes to New Horizons, so if you’re focused on mindfulness, you can check out our HappyLight as well. For students who are stuck on campus with nothing to do, Animal Crossing may be perfect for you, but if you can’t indulge in the game, however, the library still has you covered to have a great semester!

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