Someone Recreated ‘Pokémon’ In ‘Animal Crossing,’ Meanwhile I’m Still In Debt To Tom Nook

While we’ve been stuck in our homes and self-isolating in the last few weeks, people have converted their cabin fever and ample spare time into some pretty creative ways to transform their Animal Crossing: New Horizon homes. 

But, I don’t think anything has seemed as ambitious as this Japanese player on Twitter, who’s transformed his island to look exactly like a Pokémon town, right down from the Pokéballs, trainers and Snorlax.

And here I am, still trying to find goddamn turnips and tarantulas to get out of the debt of Mr. Tom ‘Sleepy Eyed Raccoon Dad’ Nook.

Either Animal Crossing players have too much time on their hands or, maybe, I’m just bad at this game

Japanese Animal Crossing player Hinopika has transformed their little island into a series of towns and moments from Pokémon games

In the video on Twitter below, Hinopika takes us through their island’s recreation of beloved moments. Dressed in a cute little Cyndaquil-inspired outfit, the stupidly creative and dedicated fan treads through a foggy bug-ridden forest (a staple of *any* Pokémon game, including the rumoured Pokémon Pink), Pokémon Silver’s Goldenrod City, and uses a flute (or Animal Crossing equivalent, an ocarina), to wake up a sleeping Snorlax blocking their path. 

It’s all in a cute pixel art aesthetic and featuring music and sounds from the original games, taking us completely back to playing Pokémon Fire Red on our tiny little GameBoy Advances and half of our DS screens at the back of our parents’ cars. 

2020 has been a bit of a shit show so far, so it’s nice to go back. Now take me back for real. I ain’t joking. 

How did they do it?

While Hinopika could’ve hand drawn each and every one of these Pokémon designs, it’s more likely that they made the town using the embed QR code trick fans have been using to add their favourite albums and memes into the game. Or, they could’ve used the cursed time travel cheat that’s given me anxiety and FOMO.

Any Pokémon original soundbytes, like Gyaradaos’ cries, or the speech boxes were edited in post. 

And, they’re not the only one trying to catch ‘em all

Now all I need is someone to import a Lapras or an Arcanine. Or, ya know, a Pokémon-themed Animal Crossing game. Until then, I guess I’ll wait for the new Pokémon Sword & Shield expansion, clean up my island to some podcasts, and check out these memes.

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Julian Rizzo-Smith is a writer and producer. He also claims to be a vine historian, avid connoisseur of low-fi beats, indie hip hop and Kermit memes. In a perfect world, he’d be married to Tyler the Creator, own an Arcanine and a Lapras, and don his own Sailor Scouts uniform. He tweets @GayWeebDisaster, which is also, coincidentally, how one might describe him.

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