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Nintendo finally brings Animal Crossing fans everything they’ve been asking for

Nintendo finally brings Animal Crossing fans everything they’ve been asking for W’SUP editor Katelyn Brunner celebrates the end of semester by bin...

Nintendo finally brings Animal Crossing fans everything they’ve been asking for

W’SUP editor Katelyn Brunner celebrates the end of semester by binge-playing the Animal Crossing update.

 

Image courtesy of Nintendo.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the fifth instalment in the series. The Nintendo Switch game is loved by first time players and old school fans alike. It came out in March 2020 and quickly became everybody’s lockdown comfort game. I know that it kept me sane in lockdown (as did my dogs and the Australia Post van).

However, the lack of content within the game meant a lot of players stopped enjoying the game. This prompted Nintendo decided to release an update that gave the fans everything they wanted. Sadly, this will be the last free update but, there’s plenty to keep players busy.

Here is a no-spoilers update on everything that is in the latest update.

Familiar faces

 

Brewster and Kapp’n make a comeback in the latest update. If you don’t remember, Brewster was the coffee-loving owl and Kapp’n was the driver of boats and buses in previous series.

 

Brewster now has an unlockable coffee shop within the museum and Kapp’n takes you on a boat adventure to exclusive mystery islands.

 

If you paid for the new DLC, you’ll also see some familiar faces from Happy Home Designer series.

New features and old ones re-imagined

Your house is even more customisable than ever before. You can change exteriors even more than before and if you pay for the DLC, you can unlock special features for the interior too, such as dividing walls. You are also allowed to add special items to your ceilings. Majestic Chandelier anyone?

 

If you felt like you needed more bridges and inclines on your island, then you’re in luck. The maximum number has increased. Design your island to your heart’s extent. The maximum storage has increased

Harv’s island

You may remember Harv’s Island as the place where you can take cool photos with your villagers. But now, he’s opened up his island as a permanent place for travelling merchants. You have to pay Bells to unlock them though! Harriet, the hair-loving poodle, makes a surprise appearance too (and may even unlock new hairstyles).

 

Diy galore and other cool items

Harvest Moon and Stardew Valley fans will be pleased to know that you can now farm and cook in the latest Animal Crossing update. You need a few supplies before you start but once you get going, you won’t be able to stop. There are also more DIY recipes to account for the cooking function.

 

New DIY recipes don’t stop at cooking. Expect more furniture DIYs and more furniture and clothing sets in the future. No longer will we have to use the race-car bed to make a drive-in theatre because you can now get actual cars.

 

Villager interactions

Sadly, there is no hide and seek option like previous games, but there are more villager interactions in this game. They can arrive at your home unexpectedly and can hang out with you. There are also a bunch of brand-new villagers you can get to move into your island.

Have you ever wanted to have coffee with your favourite villager? Well now you can! You can sometimes find them in Brewster’s Café. Or if you have an Amiibo card, you can invite them to your island for a coffee.

Paid DLC

Photo courtesy of Nintendo

Happy Home Paradise is a spinoff game based on Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. In this DLC, you can get a job as a vacation home designer and practice interior design to your hearts content. It will even unlock exclusive features for the base game too. The base game costs $69.00 and the DLC is $37.50 or free with a Nintendo Switch Online Membership Expansion Pack.

 

Most importantly: the froggy chair

The Almighty Froggy Chair

Courtesy of ‘Know Your Meme’

If you’ve been on the internet for a while, you’ll know the fan-fuelled uproar that occurred when the froggy chair was removed. Why? I’m not quite sure. Fear no more, internet, for the froggy chair is back to fulfill all your meme-filled needs.

 

There is so much more to see and discover in this new update for the players to explore. Now that the final update has been released, many fans have now begun theorising on the next instalment of the game. Till then, enjoy this jam-packed update will do.

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10 top movies from the perspective of a 2000s kid

Great movies that will make you feel nostalgic....

The 1990s and early 2000s brought us many iconic kids movies. Since we’re at home a lot more these days, why don’t we go back in time and rediscover some of the films you may have watched in your childhood.

 

George of the Jungle (1997)

George of the Jungle poster- Walt Disney Pictures, Mandeville Films, Jay Ward Productions, The Kerner Entertainment Company (1997)

Director: Sam Weisman

This movie is wild, no pun intended. George of the Jungleis a hilarious parody of the movie Tarzan. The films never fails to make the audience laugh with unexpected twists and fourth wall breaking. Watching this film recently reminded me of how obnoxiously hilarious it was, and also gave me a newfound appreciation for Brendan Fraser.

 

Spirited Away (2001)

Spirited Away poster – Studio Ghibli (2001)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

I watched this movie a couple times in my childhood, it was so weird and I didn’t understand it. It was when I watched it again many years later that I realised it was such an amazing film – projecting the complexity and art of animation.

The scenes that weirded me out ended up giving me chills as I felt immersed. Hayao Miyazaki is such a genius in creating films that make you question their meaning. You’d think that such an eventful film would keep you on your toes, but the pacing of it makes you really enjoy it in a more relaxed way.

 

School of Rock (2003)

School of Rock poster – Scott Rudin Productions (2003)

Director: Richard Linklater

Let’s admit it, anything Jack Black is iconic. Jack Black really made this movie with his over the top comedy. I remember watching it as a kid and desperately wanting to be in a band despite the fact that I didn’t know any instrument. Even if you haven’t watched this movie, watching it really transports you back to the early 2000s.

 

Space Jam (1996)

Space Jamposter – Warner Bros. Family Entertainment, Northern Lights Entertainment, Courtside Seats Productions, Warner Bros. Feature Animation, (1996)

Director: Joe Pytka

Where do I even start with this film. Space Jamrecently made a comeback in memes, with its iconic song and humour, as well as the fact that Michael Jordan was in this movie. I was not aware of how iconic this movie was when I was younger, but re-watching it brought back that rare nostalgic feeling that you only get from very specific things (like eating grandma’s apple pie). Except, it was the Looney Tunes playing basketball with Michael Jordan. Classic.

 

Matilda (1996)

Matilda poster – Jersey Films (1996)

Director: Danny DeVito

Matilda, based on Roald Dahl’s novel, was a part of most people’s childhood. No matter when you were born, the movie still managed to become a very important movie in shaping a lot of our childhoods. Matildataught us to stand up for ourselves in the face of injustice, and to be kind to others. Remember the scene where Bruce Bogtrotter eats that chocolate cake? Iconic.

 

The High School Musical Trilogy (2006-2008)

High School Musical poster – Salty Pictures, First Street Films (2006)

Director: Kenny Ortega

There isn’t very much that I can say about this movie series except, if you don’t like the storyline – you’re still going to have the songs stuck in your head. Even if the fairly fresh movie series wasn’t a part of your childhood, you still managed to create some sort of connection with it– be it through the songs, or your younger siblings’ unhealthy obsession with it (can relate).

 

 

The Shrek series (2001-2010)

Shrek poster – DreamWorks Animation (2001)

Directors: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson, Conrad Vernon, Chris Miller, Mike Mitchell

This series is another fairly recent one, and while this movie series has become a staple in the meme-world, it is so much more. The Shrek series hasn’t failed to reach both a kid and adult audience with its perfect mix of action, romance and comedy- with the addition of a legendary soundtrack. The reason the series became a meme is becauseit’s so popular, and so good. Re-watch the series, you will not fail to have a few laughs.

 

 

Labyrinth (1986)

Labyrinth poster – Henson Associates, Inc., Lucasfilm Ltd. (1986)

Director: Jim Henson

Two words: David Bowie. I could’ve chosen any 80s film, but I chose this one. Why? David Bowie. Arguably one of the most Iconic films of the 80s, Labyrinth has a lot of catchy songs and such a wild plot. What didn’t this film do? Sacrificing your baby brother? Done. Solving a maze in order to get your baby brother back? Done. Romancing the Goblin king? Done. The Goblin King is David Bowie? Legend.

 

 

Home Alone (1990)

Home Alone poster – Hughes Entertainment (1990)

Director: Chris Columbus

Admittedly, Home Alonemade me more paranoid in being home alone as a kid. But really, how much more can I say about this film? It’s a fun filled comedy starring a child protagonist, and I never noticed until I got older, that it has a really sweet message about family. But honestly, how can one just forget a kid? You’d think with so many kids, they’d have some sort of system. But apparently not.

 

The Lion King (1994)

The Lion King poster – Walt Disney Pictures, (1994)

Directors: Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers

“Here comes a lion, father, oh yes it’s a lion.” In case you didn’t know, that was the opening to Circle of Life translated. This is by far of the best movies to come out of Disney, and yet, I didn’t really like it as a kid. Possibly, it was how much Mufasa and his hyena-gang freaked me out. But it became nostalgic to me because my older siblings always watched it – along with the rest of the millennial and Gen-Z population. In saying that, I have yet to see any film top the genius that was Hakuna Matata.