Does Animal Crossing: New Horizons Feature Nintendo's First Openly Gay Characters?
Does 'Animal Crossing' Feature Nintendo's First Openly Gay Characters?
Nintendo's latest Switch game Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been breaking all sorts of sales records all over the world, and rightfully so. The latest installment of the hugely popular Animal Crossing franchise is the perfect lighthearted and fun antidote for the uncertain times we currently live in. But besides offering players a quick break from our harsh realities, did you know that the game could also possibly be offering up some much-needed LGBTQ+ representation to the Nintendo lineup as well?!?
According to Video Games Chronicle, there are many queer moments in the new Animal Crossing game, like a character named CJ referring to his male partner named Flick in the cutest (yet the most normal, casual) way ever!
\u201cCJ X FLICK IS CANON NO ONE CAN CONVINCE ME OTHERWISE ACNH SAID GAY RIGHTS #AnimalCrossing #ACNH #NintendoSwitch\u201d— dawniee \ud83c\udf38\ud83c\udf08\u2601\ufe0f (@dawniee \ud83c\udf38\ud83c\udf08\u2601\ufe0f) 1584823309
\u201cSo I'm pretty sure Flick and C.J. are dating?? Which is cute as heck and I am very here for it \ud83d\ude2d\ud83d\ude0d\n#AnimalCrossing #AnimalCrossingNewHorizons #flick #cj #acnh #acnhFlick #acnhCJ\u201d— \u2728Lahabussy\u2728 (@\u2728Lahabussy\u2728) 1584932583
But the LGBTQ+ rep doesn't stop there! As Twitter user @taecrossing points out, another Animal Crossing character named Merry loves talking about her favorite romantic comedy comic which features two princesses in love.
None— Risstastic, Arataki Itto's wife (@Risstastic, Arataki Itto's wife) 1584753811
When it comes to actual gameplay, Video Game Chronicle also reports that players can wear any type of clothing they want (regardless of gender identity) and that binary gender markers like "boy" and "girl" have been totally removed.
So basically, there's a boatload of fun, happy, inclusive queer stuff going on in New Horizons! And the gaymers of the world aren't afraid to let everyone know how exciting it all is!
None— Turnip Karot (@Turnip Karot) 1585034369
None— happ boi (@happ boi) 1588369728
\u201cpinky animal crossing says gay rights\u201d— felix/mika\ud83c\udf19comms closed (@felix/mika\ud83c\udf19comms closed) 1585091361
\u201cActual gay rights: there are... canonically gay characters in Animal Crossing?!\u201d— Rt. Hon Tyler Dinucci MP (@Rt. Hon Tyler Dinucci MP) 1585018033
\u201cAnimal crossing really made this for the gays huh... gay rights valid\u201d— Ajteve (Carter) (@Ajteve (Carter)) 1583205505
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is available now on Nintendo Switch.