The Brief: Animal Crossing: New Horizons memes have been trending online since Nintendo's March 2020 release of the fifth installment of the Animal Crossing series.


Animal Crossing memes explore the breadth of content and comedy from the latest edition of the Nintendo video game. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) is an animal-themed role-playing life simulation video game with a cult following. In the game, animal characters build communities and explore islands owned by Tom Nook: a cartoon raccoon real estate tycoon.

On March 20, 2020, Nintendo released the series’ fifth installment: Animal Crossing New Horizons for the Nintendo Switch. As millions of people around the globe are under voluntary or mandated quarantines and self-isolation to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, it makes for the perfect at-home activity.

#ACNH memes showcase the myriad of activities and interactions that Animal Crossing characters engage in. They also share spoofs, commentary, and jokes about the game.

Here is an animal crossing meme. from MandJTV

Surprised Pikachu on ACNH:

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Tom Nook & Anti-Capitalist Memes

These memes comment on the character Tom Nook’s role as a powerful capitalist within the game, expressing the role he might play in an anti-capitalist revolution.

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For Those Who Don’t Actually Play Animal Crossing:

Even if you don’t have a Switch or Animal Crossing, you may have been noticing an influx in memes or started feeling FOMO.

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Animal Crossing memes have spread across a variety of platforms including TikTok, where audio and video clips from the game are going viral. At the time of writing, videos associated with the hashtag #ACNH have been viewed over 64 million times on the app.

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