6 things you (probably) didn’t know about Animal Crossing

Animal Crossing New Horizons trivia
Animal Crossing New Horizons trivia

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is just around the corner, and since it’s been 8 years since we last stepped into the adorable world of Tom Nook and pals on console, we thought we should brush up a bit on our knowledge of the series. And we came across a few surprises…

So here are six pieces of Animal Crossing trivia for you to regale your fellow villagers with when you fly to your new desert island getaway on 20 March 2020.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is just around the corner, and since it’s been 8 years since we last stepped into the adorable world of Tom Nook and pals on console, we thought we should brush up a bit on our knowledge of the series. And we came across a few surprises…

So here are six pieces of Animal Crossing trivia for you to regale your fellow villagers with when you fly to your new desert island getaway on 20 March 2020.

And before we get started, don’t forget to check out the gorgeous sea-green Animal Crossing Switch console. It’s a thing of beauty.

1. Tom Nook’s secret identity

Animal Crossing Tom Nook

Ah, Tom Nook… that wily raccoon who’s definitely a lot smarter than you are, and whose ability to smoothly con you into financial ruin is legendary. Fittingly for a con artist, though, he’s not actually a raccoon at all – he’s technically a tanuki, which in Japanese mythology is a mischievous trickster animal capable of transforming into anything it chooses in order to make people look stupid. Armed with that knowledge, can you ever really trust any of those softly smiling villagers again?

2. Isabelle’s name is a pun

And in multiple languages, too. You’ve probably spotted the English language connection with bells, Animal Crossing’s in-game currency, but did you know that this organised Shih Tzu is called Shizue in Japanese? In between organising your life for you, she moonlights as a Smash Fighter and though she used to run the official Animal Crossing Twitter account, she’s been mysteriously replaced by Tom Nook. Where did she go…?

3. You could play NES games in the original Animal Crossing

And we’re talking about the full games, too. The Gamecube version came with ten classic NES games, like Donkey Kong and Pinball. You could sometimes find them buried in the ground by villagers (though exactly why they went around burying NES games is anyone’s guess). Or, if you were super lucky, you might actually get a freebie game out of Tom Nook.

4. Mr Resetti came with a health and safety warning

Ah yes, Mr Resetti. Who could forget the first time they switched off without saving and returned only to be berated for their ineptitude by an irate mole? He was so angry, the game guide even came with a warning to parents that children might find his lectures disturbing. If you made him yell at you for not saving often enough, he’d make you write actual lines before he’d let you go back to your save file.

5. K. K. Slider is based on a real person

Animal Crossing New Horizons KK Slider

And here’s another bombshell: his name isn’t actually K.K. Slider. It’s true – this musical pooch’s real name is Totakeke Slider, and he’s based on Nintendo composer Kazumi Totaka.

6. K. K. Slider has played live in Japan

Even more wild is the fact that K. K. Slider has held actual live concerts in Japan, appearing in hologram form onstage. Take a look at him opening for Splatoon’s Off the Hook right here.

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