Happy 20th Birthday Animal Crossing! (And An Update on Cupcake Island!)

Happy Birthday Animal Crossing! It has been twenty years since the original game, Animal Forest (Dōbutsu no Mori), was released in Japan! I wrote a post back in September celebrating the 18th Anniversary of the North American release and my memories of the game.

Animal Crossing has been a HUGE part of my life, so I will take any reason to celebrate it! To join in the festivities, I wanted to share an update on my island since it’s been a FULL YEAR (!) since Animal Crossing New Horizons was released and I shared my last tour, so of course. A lot has changed on Cupcake Island! 2020 was a weird year for me so I played heavily after it was released, and then was just not motivated at ALL between June and November. Then December hit, and I haven’t really put my Switch down since!

My goal was make to island that’s tasty enough to eat! So Cupcake is filled with colourful sweets, chocolate, islands of ice cream, mountains of cake, gumdrop dunes, and my house is the cherry on top of the big name-sake cupcake in the middle! It’s a bit chaotic, but it makes me happy! 🙂 Here’s a little photo tour of the sugary sights…

And some of the highlights of the last year:

So there we go, my little happy place! Feel free to come and visit my Dream Address!

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Greetings from Cupcake Island! – My Adventures So Far in Animal Crossing New Horizons!

I can’t believe Animal Crossing New Horizons is here! After years and years of speculation on whether there would be a game, the game being pushed, and then countless wondering, the game is out and has been for a couple of weeks! I started writing this post the very afternoon that I got the game but had been a bit too exhausted (work and the of course COVID-19) to finish it up until now.

Because of the COVID-19 situation, I decided to digitally download the game instead of waiting for Amazon to ship it out (I had originally preordered from EBGames, but I’ve decided not to go out of course~ eventually I’ll go pick up the physical copy of the game and give it to my brother :)). The game couldn’t have come out at a better time for everyone given the COVID situation. Here’s what I’ve been up to on my sweet island of Cupcake!

Day 1 – arriving and picking my island name! Pink hair wasn’t an option initially AHH! Only a slight panic though as I unlocked it with Tom Nook’s new “NookMiles” program pretty fast!

Upon my arrival on Cupcake, I ended up getting the green airport and oranges, which weren’t my top selections – but what can you do! I decided to NOT reset the game, because I find that it really takes the fun out for me. I can collect the fruit and I’m hoping that there will be customization features for the airport sometime later (come on PINK FLOATPLANE!)

ACNH is a bit different from other games because you basically start with nothing and build up your own world by way of DIY projects. You find new DIY projects and then craft them by finding resources around your expansive island. It’s somewhat repetitive, but there really is NO obligation to actually do anything if you don’t want to! My kind of life!

Lately I’ve been tinkering around collecting all the cute pink things I can, getting ready to terraform (that’s right – you have the power to change land and water at your fingertips SO COOL!) my island into one big cupcake shape, and fishing up an absurd amount of… eggs in the Bunny Day Easter event.

My honest review is I really like this game. It’s probably one of my favourites out of the five main games in the series. I especially love the customization aspects of this game. The graphics are STUNNING (and here I was thinking New Leaf couldn’t possibly be beat XD)!! You can customize your character and their outfits, your island, and your home exactly as YOU want. There’s even a cat tree and a pink stand mixer so I can literally create ME in game. But fortunately unlike real life, you can do whatever you want and block out the bad things going on elsewhere. Why stress when you can talk to your animal pals, fish, catch bugs, or travel to other tropical islands to get away from it all (WATCH OUT FOR THE TARANTULAS THOUGH!!!)

But I’ve always been a SLOW player who shows up for a few minutes when I want to unwind (occasionally between checking my email – hurrah for #workfromhome ;)). But there is also the competitiveness in this game that I’m struggling with. I adore most of the people in the AC community. They are some of the most friendly, funny, creative people I’ve ever come across! While there isn’t a way to “beat” the game as your island is whatever you make for yourself, but it’s a bit exhausting to see fully landscaped islands filled to the brim with all sorts of carefully placed sparkly treasures that I ONE DAY hope to get my paws on! I’m just going to continue to have fun and relax with the series I’ve adored for most of my life. <3

~ XOX and Oranges Erika! (Aka Frosting from Cupcake Island!)

PS I would love it if you added me as a friend and came to visit! SW-7166-2365-8220

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