Only days after Animal Crossing: New Horizon’s release on Nintendo Switch, players have found an LGBTQI+ reference…

BY SOPHIE PERRY. IMAGE NINTENDO UK/TWITTER

Eagle-eyed players of Nintendo’s newly released Animal Crossing: New Horizons, may have spotted a subtle reference to a queer relationship in the game. The life-simulation game, which features a community of adorable anthropomorphic animals, was released on the Nintendo Switch earlier this week on 20 March 2020. 

Only days after Animal Crossing’s release, players have already found a small LGBTQI+ reference in the game. A clip posted by a player on Twitter shows that the reference is made in the dialogue of a peppy, comic book-loving, cat character called Merry. 

The character enthusiastically speaks about her love of comic books – especially romantic comedies – with her favourite being the story of two princesses in love. 

Merry gushes: “YES! Romantic comedies! Ohmigosh, I didn’t know anybody else read those comics but me!” 

“My favourite’s about the shred-tastic Princess Of Rocketboarding and her true love, the Princess of Explosions!”

“They search the world for each other, but HILARIOUS stuff always keeps them from happiness! Like, one time, a wizard swapped their minds! So they were together …but also further apart than ever! Eventually they fooled the wizard a bunch and got their own brains back. It was hilarious AND romantic!”

Although a small reference, given the game’s almost universal, widespread audience, Animal Crossing is almost definitely saying, “We’re here, we’re queer!”

Now, can we justify buying a Switch?

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