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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Merch Is Here: Switch Console, Controllers, Amiibo, And More – GameSpot

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It won’t be long before you can begin your island getaway in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The much-anticipated simulation game sails onto Nintendo Switch March 20, bringing an end to the eight-year drought of mainline Animal Crossing games. New Horizons will undoubtedly be one of the biggest Switch games of 2020. To celebrate its looming release, we decided to collect all of the best Animal Crossing merchandise in one place. From controllers and carrying cases to plushies and Amiibo, you have a lot of options to pick from to help you show off your Animal Crossing love. There’s even a New Horizons Switch console that might be the cutest Nintendo system ever made.

While official New Horizons merchandise is limited in the US (so far), Japan is getting a lineup of some pretty neat merch, including Switch accessories and new plushies. If you don’t mind paying high shipping fees (and waiting), we’ve included the Japanese merch at the bottom of this article.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch console | $300

The special edition Animal Crossing Switch releases March 13
The special edition Animal Crossing Switch releases March 13

The Animal Crossing Switch console is a beauty. It comes with a pair of exclusive Joy-Con, a dock featuring Tom Nook and the Nooklings, and a back panel decorated with tiny silhouettes of characters, trees, boats, and more, all perfectly scattered across the island setting. If you have a launch model Switch, you might be happy to learn the Animal Crossing Switch comes with the upgraded battery. The launch model has a 2.5 to 6.5-hour range, while the updated model boasts a 4.5 to 9-hour range.

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The special edition console releases March 13, one week before the New Horizons launches. It doesn’t come with a copy of the game, though. Given the popularity of Animal Crossing, it seems likely that the special edition console will sell out rather quickly, so you should probably hurry if interested. The Joy-Cons and Switch dock will be sold separately in Japan, but Nintendo hasn’t announced plans to release either individually in the US.


Animal Crossing: New Horizons pre-order bonuses

Of course, if you haven’t pre-ordered the game itself just yet, you can still do so at every major retailer. Target is giving away New Horizons-themed journals with online pre-orders, so you can get your first piece of merchandise simply by pre-ordering a copy of the game. Those who pre-order at Best Buy will get a peel-and-stick Tom Nook badge that can be put on phones, laptops, and other tech.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons journal - Target exclusive
Animal Crossing: New Horizons journal – Target exclusive
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons phone & tech badge

Check out everywhere you can pre-order the game below!


Aloha Edition carrying case | $25

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Nintendo will release matching carrying cases for the Switch and Switch Lite

An official accessory from Nintendo, the Aloha Edition carrying case releases March 13 for both the Switch and Switch Lite. The case uses the well-known Animal Crossing leaves for its design and also comes bundled with a screen protector. The Switch Lite version is available to pre-order now, and the Switch version shouldn’t be far behind.


Power A Enhanced Wireless Controllers | $50

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Nintendo Switch wireless controllers

These wireless Animal Crossing Switch controllers from Power A are adorable alternatives to the Pro controller. You can choose between a K.K. Slider or Nooklings design. Each controller is a lovely shade of green and features an Animal Crossing-themed pattern.

Power A wireless controllers look and feel great, but they don’t operate exactly the same as the Pro controller. They use AA batteries for power and don’t have Amiibo NFC support or vibration. They do, however, have an additional pair of triggers on the back that can be programmed on the fly. Both designs release March 10, so you’ll be able to use them to play on launch day.


Animal Crossing Amiibo

There are 16 Animal Crossing AmiiboThere are 16 Animal Crossing Amiibo
There are 16 Animal Crossing Amiibo

New Horizons is expected to have Amiibo support, but Nintendo hasn’t revealed the extent of the support so far. That said, it’s unclear whether support will be limited to just Animal Crossing Amiibo and Amiibo cards, or if Amiibo figures from other franchises will be compatible with New Horizons in some way.

As of right now, 16 Animal Crossing Amiibo figures are available to purchase, most of which released around the same time as Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival for Wii U. Unlike some older Amiibo, you can still find most of them for great prices. In fact, the majority of them are available for less than their release price. The three-pack includes K.K. Slider, Cyrus, and Reese and is $11.94 at Amazon. Here are all of the Animal Crossing Amiibo you can currently buy:


Amiibo cards

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Four series and more than 100 cards are available

It stands to reason that Animal Crossing Amiibo cards will also be compatible with New Horizons. Though not really display items like regular Amiibos, there are far more cards out there, each displaying one of the cheery denizens of the Animal Crossing universe. Amiibo cards were released in four waves, and each pack comes with six Amiibo cards.


Isabelle Nendoroid | $75

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Isabelle summer outfit Nendoroid

This Isabelle Nendoroid is probably the cutest Animal Crossing product you can buy. Good Smile’s popular Nendoroid figurines come with numerous accessories and a stand. Isabelle comes with musical notes that attach to the stand, a clipboard, and a pen. The only downside here is the price. This Isabelle Nendoroid costs $75. The winter version is even pricier at $90.


Isabelle plush | $27

The most adorable Animal Crossing plushThe most adorable Animal Crossing plush
The most adorable Animal Crossing plush

A wide assortment of Isabelle plushies can be found from a quick search. But I have to say, a fair number of them are less than great. This Isabelle plush, which is a Japanese import that’s eligible for Prime shipping, is just about perfect, though.


Tom Nook plush | $17

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Tom Nook is tired of you not settling your debts

When I first looked at this Tom Nook plush, I grimaced. It’s not cute. But then I looked at Tom Nook again and remembered that he’s not cute anyway. He’s a hardworking but tired-looking raccoon who wants you to pay him back for those home renovations. Plush Tom Nook can look at you in dismay every time you’re about to buy something you don’t need online (not including this plush).


Nook’s Homes Mug | $12

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Tom Nook mug

This Animal Crossing-themed mug shows off your appreciation for the raccoon who makes all of your dreams possible. Is Tom Nook a design expert? That’s up for debate, but he’s all we have to help us make a home that’s large enough to satisfy our hoarding desires.


K.K. Slider T-shirt | $23

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Free admission at Club LOL?

We can’t all be as cool as K.K. Slider, but we can celebrate the famous musician with this officially licensed graphic T-shirt. The shirt is available in men’s, women’s, and youth fits and comes in black, navy, olive, dark heather, and heather blue.


Japanese import accessories

The rest of the products on this list are available to pre-order from Play Asia. Shipping costs will vary depending on what you buy, but expect to add a decent chunk of change to the price. You’ll also have to wait longer to receive your order. Items tend to take a few weeks to arrive when ordering from Play Asia, so just know that you’ll probably be at least a month into your New Horizons journey before any of the following accessories land on your doorstep.

Adventure Pack for Switch/Switch Lite | $27

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Holds the Switch and Switch Lite

This small Animal Crossing backpack has two pouches, one big enough to fit a Switch, the other designed for the Switch Lite. Whichever pouch you don’t use for your console, you can use for games and accessories. It’s expected to ship on March 31 and costs $27.


Switch storage bag | $30

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When you need to store or lug all of the Switch essentials

This accessory features the same print as the Adventure Pack but more space. It looks like a cooler and comes with slots for the console, dock, a controller, and all of the cables. It also ships March 31 and costs $30.


Tote bag | $31

This tote bag has compartments for the Switch and Switch LiteThis tote bag has compartments for the Switch and Switch Lite
This tote bag has compartments for the Switch and Switch Lite

On the outside, it looks like a normal tote bag, but it has pouches for both the Switch and Switch Lite, making this tote a stylish travel bag for all of your Nintendo Switch needs. It’s available to pre-order for $31 and ships March 31.


Playstand for Switch and Switch Lite | $17

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Props up the Switch or Switch Lite for tabletop mode

For when you want to use your Animal Crossing-themed Switch controller without playing on the TV, this playstand keeps the Animal Crossing vibes going and provides a snug cradle to prop up your console in tabletop mode. It’s expected to ship March 31.


Protector set collection

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Protector set for Nintendo Switch

This silicon cover protects your Switch’s screen and Joy-Con from the elements. You can flip the cover off the screen to play in handheld mode and even leave it on when docking your console. There are two designs to choose from, one that focuses on Animal Crossing characters and another that has a more scenic environment.

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Switch Lite


Carrying cases

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Handbag for Switch/Switch Lite

Play Asia has a variety of carrying cases, both hard shell and soft, to pre-order for the Switch and Switch Lite.

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Switch Lite


Switch Lite covers

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Shock resistant Switch Lite cover

To protect your Switch on the go while showing off your Animal Crossing love, Play Asia has several cover options that snap onto the back of your Switch Lite.

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Overwatch 2 season 2: New game modes, holiday skins revealed

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Overwatch 2’s second season and new tank hero Ramattra arrive on Dec. 6, and a new trailer for the free-to-play game’s new content shows what else players can expect in season 2. That includes a new Zeus-themed mythic skin for Junker Queen, Greek mythology-inspired skins for other heroes, a new Escort map, and the return of two classic Overwatch holiday events.

Season 2 of Overwatch 2 will also include a new limited-time event called Battle for Olympus, which runs Jan. 5-19, 2023. The trailer doesn’t offer much in the way of specifics, but it does appear to take place on the game’s Ilios map and includes Junker Queen calling down team-wiping lightning strikes. The Greek gods theme for the game’s second battle pass appears to include new skins for Roadhog (Cyclops), Ramattra (Poseidon), Lúcio (Hermes), Widowmaker (Medusa), Reinhardt (Minotaur), and Pharah (Hades). Junker Queen’s new mythic skin will likely be the end-of-battle-pass reward, similar to Genji’s Cyber Demon skin from season 1.

A closer look at Overwatch 2’s season 2 skins, some of which will be available through the battle pass, others through the in-game store, are in the gallery below:

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Elsewhere in the trailer, we get a peek at new holiday cosmetics for Bastion, who appears to be getting a gingerbread house-inspired skin for Winter Wonderland 2022 (which runs Dec. 13 to Jan. 4), and Mei, who is getting a rabbit-themed skin for Lunar New Year 2023 (which runs Jan. 17 to Feb. 6).

But the bigger gameplay additions come in the form of Ramattra, who will be included as part of season 2’s battle pass, and a new Escort map, Shambali, set in the Himalayan peaks.

Overwatch executive producer Jared Neuss said earlier this month that, in response to season 1 of Overwatch 2, Blizzard wants players “to feel more rewarded” for playing the game in future seasons. Neuss hinted at more free skins that can be earned by playing events — like Battle for Olympus — and by watching streamers on Twitch.

Overwatch 2 is available now on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.

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‘Super Mario’ Movie Trailer Sparks Mass Mockery Of Chris Pratt

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Another trailer for the hotly anticipated Super Mario movie has hit the internet; the film looks gorgeous, and surprisingly faithful to the wonderfully weird lore of the games. If there’s a single criticism to be made, it’s Chris Pratt’s “Mario” voice.

It’s become something of an internet tradition to pile on Chris Pratt after the release of a popular trailer (usually a Marvel movie), and the Super Mario movie provided Pratt’s haters with plenty of material.

Most of the voice actors we hear in the trailer match their characters perfectly; Charlie Day nails Luigi’s anxiety, Anya Taylor-Joy is a soft, determined Peach, and Jack Black is clearly having a blast playing Bowser (and putting effort into crafting a gruff, distinctive voice).

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Pratt, on the other hand, is saying Mario’s dorky little catchphrases using his regular voice, and it’s a little uncanny.

There’s nothing wrong with Pratt’s voice, exactly; the man has “generic main character” energy, and that matches the essence of Mario, an empty vessel inhabited by the player. But it is strange to hear Pratt’s voice emerge from such an iconic character.

Obviously, kids watching this movie aren’t going to care – to them, Pratt will be Mario. On Twitter, however, adult Super Mario fans weren’t impressed.

 

 

But Pratt’s flat voice acting wasn’t the sole inspiration for the pile on. Over the years, Pratt has gained a reputation as a staunch conservative and Evangelical Christian; at one point, actor Elliot Page called him out on Twitter, claiming that Pratt belonged to a church that is “infamously anti-LGBTQ.”

The church in question was believed to be Hillsong Church, which does view homosexuality as “sinful.” Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn once corrected the record on Twitter, insisting that Pratt didn’t deserve his bad reputation, while Pratt himself later claimed to have never attended the church, and even described himself as “not a religious person.”

Marvel fans didn’t buy it, and regularly post tweets and memes that frame Pratt as a homophobic MAGA-enthusiast (for the record, Pratt has never made a disparaging comment about the LGBT community). After the Mario trailer showed a scene featuring Rainbow Road, Pratt’s haters took the opportunity to crack a well-worn joke.

 

As for being religious, well, Pratt’s Instagram is filled with posts that praise God; there is even a photo of him dragging a large metal crucifix up a mountain, which seems like a religious thing to do. At the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards, Pratt famously went on a lengthy tangent about God, Jesus, and the power of prayer.

While he might never have attended Hillsong Church, Pratt did mention in an interview that he plays golf with Chad Veach, the pastor of Zoe Church. Veach previously told The New York Times that he modeled Zoe Church after Hillsong Church, and was involved in the 2017 film The Heart of Man, a docudrama on “sexual brokenness” which aligns homosexuality with porn addiction and infidelity.

Pratt’s haters might be on to something. Or maybe they just find the actor kind of annoying, and the mass mockery has become a running joke.

Whether Chris Pratt is unfairly maligned, or not, he’s not a great fit for Mario; the man should have practiced that voice before he got to the recording studio.

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Are Folding Phones Really a Good Choice for Mobile Gamers?

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One of the latest developments in smartphone technology is the foldable phone. A foldable phone is basically a smartphone that comes with what is known as a folding form factor technology that enables the device to be folded, often in half. Some folding smartphones come with a flexible display, whereas other designs come with several touchscreen panels on a hinge.

They are great for the more graphically demanding, high-end video games, and they are also great for playing state-of-the-art live dealer casino games at licensed casino sites, such as LeoVegas Canada. One of the most popular foldable smartphones on the market today is the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, which some of you may already be familiar with by now. The question being asked here is, are folding phones really a good choice for mobile gamers?

Are foldable phones any good for gaming?

The difference between some folding smartphones out there today and regular-sized smartphones is that when a foldable phone is unfolded, the screen is square in appearance and not rectangular, which is how almost every smartphone in the world appears. Games have been designed to be played across rectangular-sized screens, not square screens.

There are pros and cons for both when it comes to gaming, and in most games that are played across a foldable phone screen, the main thing that you will notice is that there is more space in the background. The landscape appears bigger in all directions. The gameplay has remained largely unchanged, so it’s just down to an individual’s personal preference.

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Some players like to game on a foldable phone and watch the action across a square screen, and others still prefer to play on the standard-size smartphone screen. However, it seems that the vast majority of mobile games are actually in favour of gaming from a traditional smartphone and not a foldable smartphone.

A look at some of today’s best foldable smartphones

Some of today’s best foldable smartphones that are great for gaming in 2022 include a variety of Samsung, Motorola, and Huawei devices, such as the:

  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
  • Huawei Mate XS
  • Motorola Razr 2020

If you’re not a fan of foldable smartphone devices, and if you’re looking to become more actively involved in mobile gaming, some of the other popular smartphone devices for gaming in 2022 to keep an eye out for are the following:

  • Nubia Red Magic 7
  • Xiaomi Black Shark Pro 5
  • Asus ROG Phone 6D
  • Asus ROG Phone 5
  • Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • Sony Xperia 1 IV
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

What are the best games to play on foldable smartphones?

There are literally too many great games for playing on your foldable smartphone to list individually here, so here are just some of the most popular foldable smartphone games to keep an eye out for in 2022. They include hit titles, such as Call of Duty Mobile, Pokémon GO, Raid: Shadow Legends, Monument Valley, Among Us, Alto’s Odyssey, Forge of Empires, League of Legends: Wild Rift, and Apex Legends Mobile. In addition to these great games, top-rated casino games, such as blackjack, roulette, slots, and video poker, also look fantastic on foldable phones.

Are foldable phones worth getting for gaming?

As mentioned, it all boils down to personal preference. You can see what mobile gaming from a smartphone looks like before spending hundreds of dollars on a device that you may not like by heading to YouTube. Famous live streamers have also uploaded lots of videos of themselves gaming from foldable smartphones on the Twitch video gaming site. The good thing about foldable smartphones is that the games look great. The only real downside is that these handsets still aren’t cheap. They are more expensive than your average smartphone.

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