The cast of the Nintendo Switch game Animal Crossing: New Horizons made a surprise appearance during the NFL match between the Detroit Lions and Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Around the world, professional sporting events are taking place without crowds, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. To fill the empty seats in the stands, teams like the Detroit Lions filled the crowd with figures from pop culture. Given the enormous popularity of Animal Crossing throughout the pandemic, it should come as no surprise that characters like Blathers, Reese, and Gulliver were chosen to fill those gaps!
A big part of the reason Animal Crossing: New Horizons It seems to have found a lot of success the fact that players were able to do things they couldn̵7;t do in the real world, right now. From hanging out with friends, to celebrating Mother’s Day, players have used games as a way of socializing. As such, it seems quite fitting that the characters will make an appearance at an NFL game when fans across the country cannot! You can find a short video of the game in the Tweet from @DaliDimovski below.
The Lions have Animal Crossing scans in their stands today. pic.twitter.com/yY9KB3ie4E
– Dali (aliDaliDimovski) November 1, 2020
Of course, holiday events are an important part of Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ appeal. Over the weekend, players made some time for the game’s Halloween event. During that event, the character Jack appears on the game’s islands and the player gives the character candies that will be rewarded in the Halloween-themed game. The game’s upcoming update later this month will allow players to participate in Thanksgiving and Christmas events. At this point, Nintendo has yet to announce an update release date, but it’s coming in the very near future!
With the holiday season approaching, it will be interesting to see if players continue to stick with Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The game has clearly become a pop culture sensation, and that is unlikely to change anytime soon!
Animal Crossing: New Horizons only available on Nintendo Switch. You can check out all of our previous ranges of the game right here.
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