ANIMAL CROSSING

Wholesome Games Are a Growing Trend, but What Does ‘Wholesome’ Really Mean?

When we talk about “wholesome games,” we talk about them in a variety of ways, from colorful and vibrant colors, to charming and lovable characters, and even a distinct absence of violence. It’s easy for us, as the audience, to sit back and assign labels like “wholesome” to different games.…

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If You Enjoy Animal Crossing, You’ll Probably Like Upcoming Community Sim Palia

For many of us, Animal Crossing: New Horizons became our quarantine game, in which we found the stability, structure and connection that our real lives lacked. Palia, part MMO and part community sim, created by former developers at Riot, PlayStation, Epic, looks to scratch a similar itch where you form connections,…

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NEWS

Somehow, the Build-A-Bear Animal Crossing Release was a Disaster

A few weeks ago, Build-A-Bear announced a new collaborative line in its licensed oeuvre: Animal Crossing. The initial set was going to include bundles for Isabelle and Tom Nook, the animals that run the bureaucracy of your New Horizons island, each sold separately. But getting one was not nearly as easy as…

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Animal Crossing Collaborates With Build-A-Bear and I Demand to Mix & Match

Animal Crossing is making the leap that Pokemon and Mario made before it and collaborating with the Build-A-Bear Workshop, a chain retail location where people of any age can make customizable bears or other animals by putting parts together. Should you, for some reason, have a lack of Animal Crossing merchandise to…

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Need More Space in Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Just Build Another House.

Ian McGreevy just wanted to create some nice paths. It was 2013, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf fans were devouring the latest entry in Nintendo’s cozy simulation series. McGreevy couldn’t put it down, but he had run headfirst into one of the most frustrating stopgaps in the game: a 10-slot…

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Art Guide – How to Unlock the Art Wing

Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ next major update is here and it’s introducing the world of fine art into this colorful, adorable game. Along with Leif. players will be able to interact with Redd, who will sell you a piece of art. These can then be donated at the Museum or…

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GUIDES

Office Hours: Interview with The Hard Times’ Matt Saincome

John sat down with Hard Times’ founder and CEO Matt Saincome to discuss Animal Crossing, covid-19’s effects on the live music industry, and Saincome’s freelance payment platform OutVoice. Disclaimer: Fanbyte uses OutVoice and we’re very biased. If you’re a paying editor you should check it out. You can download this episode…

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PODCASTS

Fanbyte Island Life 2: We’ll Give You $100 to Get Rid of the Rabbit

In our second installment of Island Life — the podcast where Fanbyte staffers chat about Animal Crossing: New Horizons — we are all more than a little scared of the “Bunny Day” guy, Zipper T Rabbit. Niki tried to imprison him, but it didn’t work. And ol’ Zips put so…

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PODCASTS

Fanwidth (A Fanbyte Podcast) Episode 57: THE TIME OF DOUG

We’ll give you five guesses to figure out which 90s Disney cartoons we talk about this week! Or maybe you want to know why it’s raining ash in New York City? And should you, or should you not, want to fuck a cartoon? Find the answers to life’s greatest questions…

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Turn Friends Into Data With This AC: New Horizons Stalk Market Tracker

In keeping with centuries-old tradition, Animal Crossing: New Horizons features an economics mini-game known as the Sow Jones Stalk Market, wherein turnips are bought and sold in the pursuit of unfathomable profit. It’s Capitalism, but it’s adorable Capitalism (much like the rest of New Horizons), and if you know what…

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Fanwidth (A Fanbyte Podcast) Episode 56: That Deep Nook Lore

The Fanwidth gang may be afraid to go outside, but the same can’t be said of our Animal Crossing villagers! This week, while one of us recovers from a real-life illness, the rest took a virtual vacation to the island of Tom Nook. The latest and potentially greatest Animal Crossing…

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Wisp Guide – How to Find Spirit Pieces

Grab your shotgun and get the hell out there. Island’s haunted. Okay, maybe don’t get a gun but the island is legitimately haunted. There’s a ghost named Wisp who roams your Animal Crossing: New Horizons island, and he’s got a quest for you. After you encounter the spirit, you’re going…

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The Wild World of Animal Crossing Speedrunning

For most of us, Animal Crossing represents a much-needed escape from our fast-paced day to day lives. In Nintendo’s idyllic series, we can take a relaxing stroll through a digital neighbourhood, spend socializing with our animal neighborhods, or go fishing to fill our town’s aquarium with exotic specimens. All of…

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Shooting Stars Guide – How to Mine Star Fragments

Even though most of us (who aren’t playing with time manipulation, that is) are only on day four of our Animal Crossing: New Horizons adventures, there’s a cool secret to mining star fragments, which I strongly suspect will come further into play later: it involves wishing on a shooting star.…

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Ladder Guide – How to Unlock the Ladder & Scale Cliffs

Great news, villagers! Animal Crossing is back! With Animal Crossing: New Horizons it’s time, once again, to gather materials, build your house, and learn the ins and outs of the game. One of the first things you do is choose the layout of your island. Each time you start a new game, you’re presented…

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Tips Guide – 9 Things the Game Doesn’t Tell You

Animal Crossing might be a super relaxing game, but that doesn’t stop it from obscuring some important things that you’d have no way of knowing otherwise. Thankfully, they aren’t super hard to explain, you just need to know they exist. That’s why we’ve put together this Animal Crossing: New Horizons…

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nook Miles Ticket Guide – Visiting Deserted Islands

Great news, villagers! Animal Crossing is back! With Animal Crossing: New Horizons it’s time, once again, to gather materials, build your house, and learn the ins and outs of the game. One of the first challenges is figuring out how to gather all of the different materials needed. But some of said items…

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How to Get An Axe in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Great news, villagers! Animal Crossing is back! With Animal Crossing: New Horizons it’s time, once again, to gather materials, build your house, and learn the ins and outs of the game. One of the first challenges is figuring out how to gather all of the different materials needed. Initial tools…

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How to Move Your Tent or House in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Great news, villagers! Animal Crossing is back! With Animal Crossing: New Horizons it’s time, once again, to gather materials, build your house, and learn the ins and outs of the game. One of the first things you do is choose the layout of your island. Each time you start a new game, you’re…

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Vaulting Pole & Bridges Guide – How to Cross Rivers

Great news, villagers! Animal Crossing is back! With Animal Crossing: New Horizons it’s time, once again, to gather materials, build your house, and learn the ins and outs of the game. One of the first things you do is choose the layout of your island. Each time you start a…

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