Like a lot of people, I have been playing a lot of Animal Crossing: New Horizons now that I am unable to go outside. I’ve always loved the Animal Crossing series and this is something I’ve had in the back of my mind as a blog post idea for ages, so now seems the perfect time to write about my favourite Animal Crossing villagers. Here they are, in no particular order:
When you look at him, you might feel that he’s nothing more than a grumpy little frog. In some ways, that’s what he is – but also he’s the son of Wart, the final boss of Super Mario Bros. 2. Amazing. I loved having him around my old village. Appropriate that his father lives in a dream world, because having Wart Jr. as a villager is a dream come true.
Coco is an interesting bunny. Look at that blank face – no eyes, no mouth… perhaps, no soul? You imagine that she’d be some stoic, aloof creature. But she’s not. She’s just a perfectly ordinary person. I love her. Why can’t a soulless clay doll be a regular person?
When you look at this majestic unicorn, you’re probably imagining a fabulous, soulful character. If so, you’re imagining right! His presence warms my heart and soul whenever I see him. He’s the kind of friend you wish you had in real life.
Look at him! He’s a deadringer for world famous video game star Donkey Kong. He must make a lot of bells going to swanky parties as a lookalike. What an honour it is to have him in your village. And how lucky for him that he’s so gosh darned attractive.
Louie was cool because he looked like Donkey Kong, but W. Link is cool because he actually is Link – the hero of Hyrule. I like to imagine that after the events of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, he found a way to return to his wolf form and then went to a peaceful village to retire. There are a few other Zelda characters as villagers too, but I decided to focus on W. Link since he’s the coolest.
What do you get if you cross a pun, a robot and a frog? Ribbot! He’s an actual robot. Also, he loves working out and is a massive jock. An unusual personality type for artificial intelligence. Needless to say, my child mind was blown when I had a robot come to town. Maybe he was constructed to house the soul of a jock kid who died in a street racing accident and doesn’t know he’s in a robot body?
Lucky presents a Little John sort of situation, because rather than being lucky, it is evident that his life has been full of intense physical trauma. Either that, or he’s a deeply optimistic person who considers himself lucky to be alive and to have people who love him. Either way, I love this dog.
I love octopuses. They’re such interesting, devious animals. Of course, I was therefore very pleased to have one come and live in my village. I realise now that it’s hard to say something unique about ten different villagers. Either way, Octavian is great.
Speaking of octopuses, the only thing better than having a grumpy one living in your town is having a happy-go-lucky piece of living sushi come to your town. I don’t know what his deal is – maybe he’s doing to donate his body to a Japanese restaurant when he dies and is already preparing for that or maybe he’s just a reanimated piece of sushi which went on to lead a peaceful life. Either way, he gets me asking questions. I like that and I like him.
Last, but by no means least, is Alfonso. The friendly larger than life alligator who wears a Mario t-shirt. Since Donkey Kong lookalike Louie wears a Luigi t-shirt quite often, I like to think of Alfonso as the Kremling lookalike who works together with Louie to provide a more comprehensive experience when imitating the stars at the swanky parties they get invited to.