Government’s call to remain silent at home, making people bored with their activities. As a result, video games become one of the “outlet” to overcome boredom. During the last few times, the game Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which was just released at the end of March, immediately received positive response from the players.
The game that was present for the Nintendo Switch console has sold over 1.88 million copies in just three days since its launch on March 20, 2020. This figure beats the number of Super Smash Bros. game sales. Ultimate in the same period.
In fact, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is known as one of the best-selling Nintendo games such as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. So why is Animal Crossing: New Horizons so popular in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic?
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a simulation game that offers an adventure where players are asked to develop an island that they live on. This game presents a visual display that spoil the eyes with cute and adorable character designs.
At first glance, Animal Crossing might look similar to Harvest Moon. But both of these games have quite a number of different aspects. In Animal Crossing, players can do a variety of things ranging from building houses, fishing, digging, catching insects, and interacting with neighbors.
Unlike the New Leif series in 3DS, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has a new feature, crafting capabilities that are useful when building homes or arranging islands to live in. Players can also do a variety of relaxing activities such as finding fossils, farming, and designing their own clothes.
Uniquely, the time in the game Animal Crossing: New Horizons is in harmony with the real world. This means that when the player plays the game at 9 am, the time in the game will also show the same time. This of course affects all activities that occur in the game.
For example, when a player wants to enjoy the evening sky on the beach, the player must play the game in the afternoon too. Or, when players build houses. If the house being built is scheduled to be completed within two days, then the house will really be able to be enjoyed in the next two days.
This is one of the uniqueness of Animal Crossing: New Horizons which later attracted the attention of many game lovers. Summarized from How to Geek , Friday (3/4/2020), Animal Crossing also has an online game where players can connect and play together with seven other players.
This also makes Animal Crossing: New Horizons a game that is widely played when users can not leave the house because of the Covid-19 pandemic. In fact, a company in Japan is meeting online through this game.