Animal Crossing: New Horizons is pleasant, and I cherish it, but that doesn't mean it couldn't be better.
The longer our island-life stint lasts, the more we'll start to notice nitpicks and cracks in the foundation. The more we'll long for quality-of-life features that would lessen the menu-based busywork and save us hours in the long run. Animal Crossingis a laid-back, carefree, minutia-filled game – and I mean that as a compliment – but there's a balance to strike on Nintendo's part. There could be compromises.
Calls for features like multi-item crafting (especially for fish bait), more thoughtful inventory management, faster NPC dialogue prompts, and smoother multiplayer interactions have bubbled up since New Horizonslaunched in March. This week, YouTuber Nick Ha organized a snazzy Nintendo Direct-style presentation to show what these and other player-suggested features could look like.
It hadn't crossed my mind, but a NookPhone upgrade to see an item's value directly from your inventory would be a godsend. I feel like I'm constantly price-checking stuff with my real-world phone. That hopeful idea seems outside the realm of possibility for Nintendo. An inventory "sort" button? Maybe.
I can't say I'm confident Nintendo will add even minor usability features to New Horizons – that'd be a pleasant surprise – but I respect the effort that went into this entertaining proof-of-concept video. If I were an Animal Crossingpower user that did more island hopping and hosting, I'd be far less patient.
Best-case scenario, I think Nintendo will take in all of the fan feedback and come up with original solutions that will be a step in the right direction but won't fully quell the naysayers. We'll see!
For now, I'm pretty happy just knowing New Horizons should be supported for years.