Animal Crossing New Horizons’ villagers roast us on our return

What is it with charming computer game and regret journeys? Since my very first digital young puppy (in Nintendogs on the Nintendo DS) turned her back on me after a couple of weeks of disregard, I’ve fallen victim to doe-eyed animals making me feel bad for picking to play something else.

Animal Crossing video games have a long history of guilting gamers, naturally. Go back to your house after a couple of weeks, months, or years away, and you’re accountable to get dragged for being opted for so long. Regardless of the long life of my Nintendo 3DS, I never ever as soon as went back to New Leaf after 6 months idle, scared of how formerly cherished friends Curt, Sylvia and Rosie would respond. Sure, I can realistically inform myself these are pre-preprogrammed lines spat out by phony animals, however they still in some way sting — particularly if I reasonably just appear as soon as every couple of months after the preliminary gluttonous gameplay duration. The inescapable regret journeys suggest I’ll likely never ever return.

However, naturally, now Animal Crossing: New Horizon’s is getting a huge, complimentary upgrade, and in spite of not visiting my charming Piña Isle for over a year, I dove back in recently. (As did a great deal of other Polygon personnel.) Were my villagers prepared to regret journey me? Kid howdy. However I sustained it, and after that it was over.

If you’re dealt with with the very same squeamish sensations upon needing to face your island’s homeowners, you’re not alone! Consider this a warm-up round, to assist reduce your conscience. Here’s how a few of our villagers welcomed us after months (or more than a year!) away.

Eugene, a koala in sunglasses, says to the player: “Oh, but seriously... you’re not an actual ghost, right?”

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Lots of characters declined to think we were genuine. Ghosts, mirages, a various individual with the very same name….

Agnes the pig, speaking to the player: “Well, I guess I’ve finally lost my mind. I could swear I see nicole c in front of me.”

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Agnes, a pig, says to the player character: “ It’s a really, really… REAL-looking mirage too. Like, super real! Even kinda smells real, snuffle.”

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Some villagers simply desired us to actually feel it.

Miranda, a pink baby bird, to the player: “I dropped by your place to look for you, but you were never home…”

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They likewise simply pretended to forget who we were.

A bear in sunglasses and a sweater addresses a player character in an aquarium: “Yo! Nice to meet you. My name’s Teddy. I’m big into fitness, but I bet that was obvious. I was just about to... Oh! Champ! Hey! Wow, how’ve you been? What’s your bench weight up to?”

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Canberra, a bear, to the player character: “OK, so it’s awesome to see you again, but you really had me worried. You just kinda disappeared.”

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Experiences, like Metroid Fear or New Pokémon Snap? Rosie, I would never ever!

Rosie, a purple cat, says to the player: “You have a different vibe about you … Have you been having adventures without me?”

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Sprinkle should have an Academy Award for this efficiency.

Sprinkle, a penguin, says to the player: “Huh? Wonder bud?! NO way! It’s been… 1 year and 2 months since I saw you last!”

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Sprinkle, a penguin, says to the player: “Yes. I counted. I have a notebook where I mark the days. And the pages are all tearstained!”

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This is a little complicated, because Zucker is among the couple of characters who is impersonated a food.

Zucker, an octopus with takoyaki sauce on his head, says to the player: “You gotta stay! Show your face around here more often. I miss my snack buddy!”

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And After That there are the villagers who camouflage their hurt with sarcasm. I see you, Leopold.

Leopold, a lion with a green mane, says to the player: “So the famous Nicole has finally decided to grace me with her presence.”

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A completely typical remark here…

Pashmina, a goat in a sweater, says to the player: “We heard weird rumors, like a shark attack, or an alien abduction, or that you’d joined an alien-shark circus.”

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Regrettably, I believe Beau has actually determined we’re all residing in a simulation.

Beau, a deer, says to the player: “I tell ya … You went away and I got so bored. It’s almost like nothing happened around here!”

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Oof, that was a lot. However ideally it has actually made going back a little simpler.

Thanks to Nicole Clark, Nicole Carpenter, and Emily Heller for their contributions to this story.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.