by Sophia Serrano
Though delayed by an earthquake in Japan, Nintendo still released their Nintendo Direct- a live stream featuring the news they would like to announce- about a week after the tremors. Nintendo Direct streamed plenty of new content, from remakes being announced to updates to be released in the coming weeks. One announcement really hit because it involved one of the video game company’s most-loved franchises: Animal Crossing.
There were actually two pieces of news. The first was that one of the franchises characters- Isabelle, a dog that works for the player character in Animal Crossing: New Leaf- would be added into Nintendo’s fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The reveal came with much surprise as Animal Crossing is a more peaceful game in comparison to a series of fighting games. The second announcement made was that a new game would be coming out for the Animal Crossing series, dubbed Animal Crossing 2019 by Nintendo. Tom Nook, a tanuki (raccoon) that handles houses in the games, was the star of the teaser as it showed him talking about how if a new game is coming out, he’d better get to work on building houses.
Among the various things that Nintendo announced, Animal Crossing fans were definitely happy with the news that a beloved character would be added into Nintendo’s upcoming fighting game, along with a new game for the series being in the works. It’ll be interesting to see how both situations will develop, but the excitement can only go up from here.