I Returned To Animal Crossing For The First Time In Six Years, And Things Did Not Go Smoothly

Reunions can be awkward, especially if you’re the mayor of a town filled with wild animals.

In the Animal Crossing series, your neighbors remember you. They know about what furniture you like, they remember things you’ve done for them, they’ll ask you for favors, and they certainly remember the last time you dropped by to say hello.

How do I know this, you ask? Why, just take a look at how I was greeted when I returned to my town, Piccata, for the first time in over half a decade:

This all started while I was cleaning out my home office, and realized that I hadn’t charged or updated my Nintendo 3DS in quite some time.

I then remembered that I had Animal Crossing installed on it, and I figured – hey, I could use a fix. New Horizons is still three months away, so why not get the wheels turning? How long could it have been? A few months? A year maybe? Two at the most? Nope.

Six. Years.

Picture this: the Mayor of Piccata just fucking vanishes for six years, and the town has degraded into a post-apocalyptic weed-filled hellscape. Animals panicking and running for the hills, cockroaches have declared war on the town, my poor assistant (Isabelle) on the verge of mental collapse. Just an absolute Mad Max scenario. Then your boy swoops in, picks 40 weeds in 10 minutes, crushes a dozen cockroaches, and I’m the hero all over again. If you ask me, this is the only way to play.

Once this was all cleared up, my townsfolk were more than happy to get right back to asking me for favors again. Bunch of damn freeloaders. Luckily, once Animal Crossing arrives on Switch, I’ll have my wife to help me keeping our island clean, and Chris to pick the peaches off the tall trees. This is a tough job to do alone.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons drops for Nintendo Switch on March 20th, 2020. Don’t leave your townsfolk alone, because they’ll hate you.

Papa Dom

Co-founder, lead blogger, graphic designer, and manager of WGG's writing team - Dom has been writing about video games for over ten years. Dom's work has been featured on some of the world's biggest gaming news outlets - including Dexerto, GameInformer, and IGN.

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