Good news everyone! It’s officially Animal Crossing SZN with the latest game in the series, New Horizons, finally making its way to our shores on Switch on 20th March.
There’s a whole bunch of things to be excited about in New Horizons, including going on cute and potentially chaotic little island getaways, the chance to live out your own island fandom AU (tossing up between calling it the Good Place or Purgatory, imo) and explore it with your friends, and new villagers like Flick, a bug-catching punk lizard who absolutely 100 percent is going to Download Festival purely to see My Chemical Romance (but also same lol).
But something is missing. Something that’s near and dear to us all. I’m talking about, of course, a one froggy chair.
If you’ve ever browsed the Animal Crossing Subreddit or Twitter after a Nintendo Direct, you’ve no doubt come across someone talking about froggy chair, the adorably childlike piece of furniture and icon of Animal Crossing’s homeware designs with an infectious frog-shaped smile you can’t help smile back at.
No matter who you are, you crave a sense of belonging and an escape. You crave security and to feel safe. You crave familiarity and someone who can support you in tough times. You crave the froggy chair. And, naturally, so does the internet. People have tattoos of it, there are memes of iconic video game and anime characters sitting on it (yes queen, sit!) and an architect student even built one over the course of a livestream on Twitch.
And yet, shockingly, while we have seen a feature film length’s worth of content (and frothed at every frame and adorable animal mumble sound of a returning villager), we have to wonder: where is the froggy chair? Why hasn’t Nintendo shown us the icon, the legend, the moment, now c’mon now? With about as many people requesting it as people begging for Waluigi in Smash, all we can say is Nintendo’s silence speaks VOLUMES.
But, why froggy chair and why now? Well, Animal Crossing is a wholesome game about living an everyday chill life as a villager in a town filled with lively and colourful animal neighbours. There’s no real story or absolute ending, time and events pass much like in real life and villagers come and go, just as we all do in each other’s lives. Coupled with its incredibly endearing aesthetic and simple routine mechanics, Animal Crossing has built an image as a game that’s helped many cope with their struggles with mental health.
(Even Syrupy fave AJ Clementine is a fan! “It’s one of the things that really help with my anxiety,” she told us. “It really feeds my brain, gets me thinking!”)
It’s as Animal Crossing YouTuber Crossing Channel explains, “[the froggy chair] stands out among all of the other items in Animal Crossing, where the froggy chair is almost like this rainbow that just comes at you with his happy grinning face and says to you, ‘everything is gonna be alright. I’m the froggy chair [and] I’m here.’”
When you feel alone and as if you can’t reach out to anyone, or need to shut the horrible news of the world and how the earth is burning and the government isn’t doing anything about it and that stupid pimple that won’t leave your upper lip, think of him. Think of froggy chair.
We’ve reached out to Nintendo to see if froggy chair is indeed in the game and will update this story should they respond.
In the meantime to soothe ur frog-related anxieties, pls enjoy the finest froggy chair memes the internet has to offer.