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Posted in: Gaming NewsOp-ed
Published:
February 6, 2020 1:00 AM UTC

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Shows Nintendo Still Doesn’t Get Modern Gaming

Nintendo presents a very happy face. But Animal Crossing: New Horizons lets the facade drop to show you the gaming dictator underneath.

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  • Information regarding Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been leaked on Reddit.
  • A German brochure for the game makes it seem like you won’t be able to transfer your save files at all.
  • Clearly, Nintendo is basically totalitarian about how people play their games.

A recent leak has appeared on Reddit. It shows a German copy of a brochure for the upcoming Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The things it reveals, once translated into English, do not shine a positive light on Nintendo.

Not only will you be forced to share a town with other players on the same console, but you’ll also be entirely unable to transfer your save file.

It seems like Nintendo just doesn’t care about usability. They just want you to play their way.

From the Reddit chatter, is seems like people are insanely unhappy about the news. Understandably so. | Source: Reddit

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Needs Save Transfers

It seems totally baffling that Nintendo is once again restricting their players and in the name of wanting people to only play games in one specific way too. Because of that desire, you’re now entirely screwed if you buy a new console.

You’re even more screwed if you have more than one Switch. Say you bought a lite to take travelling with you, and you have a normal Switch at home for your TV. In either of those two scenarios, you cannot continue your progress across systems.

The fact that you have to share a town and can’t transfer a save file comes across as completely totalitarian. Nintendo presents a very happy face. But, Animal Crossing: New Horizons lets the facade drop to show you the gaming dictator underneath.

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These Are Basic Features in This Day and Age

You have to wonder why Nintendo is restricting New Horizons like this. Is it to stop you from duplicating your saves or items? Maybe. But you have to wonder why it matters that much.

Animal Crossing is not a deeply competitive game. So what if people want to mess around and play the game their own way? Even if they ruin it for themselves, they’ve already paid for the game. It’s their choice how they use it.

Nintendo really needs to start putting their players first, rather than their rigid adherence to whatever odd standards they have for their own games. Then again, that’s never going to happen, not as long as people keep paying them money to behave this way.

This article was edited by Gerelyn Terzo.

Last modified: February 6, 2020 12:21 AM UTC

William Worrall @mizushinzui

William Worrall is a professional writer based out of the UK who has been writing about video and tabletop games for over a decade and has covered industry events such as EGX and UKGE. Contact him at: william.worrall@ccn.com

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