Unless you're glued to Animal Crossing: New Horizons pretty much 24/7, collecting a decent number of Star Fragments can really take a while. One of the less common crafting materials, Star Fragments can usually only be obtained by wishing on a shooting star, and are used to craft special items such as the Star Wand.
That is, unless you decide to hack the game, of course. As spotted by Animal Crossing World, a new trend has started to appear among Animal Crossing's trading communities online, in which special trees holding items like Star Fragments, Hearts, Cupcakes, and more are being swapped for other rare goodies.
As keen players will know, trees cannot hold items such as this in regular play. Trees in-game can hold a variety of fruit - and even Bells - but definitely not these rare, harder to obtain items.
Animal Crossing World says that 'save editor hacking' is the method being used to make this a reality, and while we'd advise that you don't try this yourself - we've all heard the horror stories of Nintendo banning systems being used to do things that they shouldn't - we must admit that it does make for some lovely looking scenery.
Nintendo has been actively working against hackers in Animal Crossing, actually putting out a patch to combat them before the game had even officially released. At the time, it was warned that players going online with cheats active should expect bans.
Wait til it updates and they will complain.
Seeing as island decorating is the name of the game, I really hope that Nintendo look at this and consider the beauty of growing star-fragment trees via an in-game update.
Maybe you can craft a tree sapling with some star fragments to grow such a special tree? Or otherwise, just plant a star fragment in the ground.
It's no more absurd than growing bell trees, arguably less so, and is both functionally and decoratively beneficial, I'd love to see this in towns.
It looks great, but its wrong to cheat like that...
That's cool as hell. I love this game so much, BUT nintendo could have definitely pushed some of the ideas a little further. star frag trees all day
Should you hack a game? Probably not.
We know what Nintendo does to gamers and their systems when they feel you are using their products in a way they didn't intend
Does this really affect other players? No.
Are calls for banishing hackers to death a bit dramatic and over the top? Yes
With all that being said, I agree with @RupeeClock. I would love to see stuff like this added as an option for decorating
I wouldn't really mind these shenanigans if it was a single-player game. What with all the time-traveling and abuse of the systems that has gotten so popular I'm afraid it'll wreck the intended longetivity of the game for many.
But then again, you have to make the choice to take advantage of this stuff, and I chose not to. Everybody can certainly play however they want. I just don't like it.
guys it’s just animal crossing c h i l l
@bluesdance srsly. Why does this rile people up so much
Why not submit that to ACNH to make it Offical. Doing that violates your EULA and NIN TOS and will result in Account being banned. Is that what you want.
I absolutely loved seeing those trees and found them to fit the fairy theme so well, it was a bummer to find out they were hacked. I do hope Nintendo makes this a reality. With how much it's spread among AC fans and people PAYING to get these trees, I don't think Nintendo would (or should) ban them. Just fix it if it's game-breaking in an update.
@T7Hokage017 and how does it affect you? This isn't a competitive multiplayer game.
@mesome713 maybe in a multiplayer game but how does this affect you? Oh yeah it doesnt.
@PickledKong64 It's ruining the games reputation and how it's intended to be played. It's anti-artistic. It's goes against the creators intentions. They are censoring Ayas beatiful art with there evil dictating.
@mesome713 Who cares? They bought the game, they can do what they want with it as long as they aren't hurting anyone.
Have they hurt you?
@Kalmaro And those of use who care can condem them. Just as they have the freedom, so do we. Hackers are the worst. All they do is ruin all the fun.
@Kalmaro I care and a lot of others care too. This practice is illegal. Advertising illegal practices through a website is beyond logic. Accepting so easily illegal practices is mindless and immature.
@Cosats Where did you see an advertisement?
@mesome713 Of course you cam condemn them, the question is why you even bother caring about someone is doing with something that doesn't affect you?
@Kalmaro Advertisement? What are you talking about? Who said anything about advertisement?
@Kalmaro It's illegal mate. And it promotes illegal activities. It's a very scummy thing to do. Respect the artists intent. Aya worked hard on this game.
@mesome713 Nope, you are the one ruining the fun. They did nothing to you, but you keep acting like they hurt your dog or something. At least they are having fun with their own copy of the game, while you're here upsetting yourself over trees with stars. How dare those people, enjoying their video game -_-
Thats so cool I love seeing what hackers could do with the games ever since animal crossing city folk. I wonder if you could pick those tres up and still contain those fragments
Some of y'all act as if other AC games were all played without exploits and time travel. And someone kicked your grits over.
You must have been a real treat playing with Legos.
@mesome713 They already bought the game, they already showed their respect by making a purchase.
@T7Hokage017 I understand your frustration in people seeming to cheat because they don't care about the devolopers. In some cases though, hacks happen because people actually enjoy a game and want it to be even better, like when you get people doing translation patches or making pretty trees in Animal crossing.
@Cosats You just mentioned advertising through a website.
@MimoDX2 They did do something to me. They disrepected the game I love. If they want to do illegal stuff, thats on them. But I will always condem illegal activity. It's the worst.
@mesome713 That doesn't affect you at all, you're deciding to make yourself get upset. That's on you.
@Kalmaro It does effect me, and it effects the amazing artistic intention from the great Aya. I can't stand people who want to dictate other peoples amazing art and disrepected them in illegal manners. They are straight scum of the earth.
Y'all need to chill, if people are going to hack in a way that literally does not hurt other players, then let them, especially since they'll probably get banned anyways. I hate hackers too but I only hate hackers who go out of their way to ruin the fun for everyone else, this stuff is perfectly harmless because you can choose not to visit their islands.
Some of y'all are acting like children over something you can just choose to ignore, and it's no wonder people have been getting fed up with Animal Crossing fans.
@mesome713 I... can't take you seriously. I'm going to assume you're trolling and trying to bait people. I think were done here.
@Spyke Promoting illegal activity will always effect people. One way or the other, people will be affected by this. This simple Animal Crossing hacker could breed an even more scummy criminal in the future.
@T7Hokage017 oh don't get me wrong, what they are doing absolutely is breaking the rules, I just don't think that warrants people going to extremes and thinking this all happens because hackers don't like a game.
@mesome713 Hacking a game isn't actually illegal, all it does is violate Nintendo's ToS, which has no actual legal binding. What these hackers are doing is literally the same thing as modding PC games, which has and will always be legal. It's not like they're cheating to climb leaderboards or ranks in games like Splatoon or Smash.
@Spyke Violating Nintendos ToS is illegal. And promoting such violations can led to even greater violations.
@T7Hokage017 Maybe i am missing something, but as far as i'm aware, no real money is being wasted here, and there shouldn't be anything wrong and harmful about trees with stars in someone's island.
@mesome713 You are the one upsetting yourself over trees with stars in someone else's island. You're attributing value to meaningless things like "artist's vision". And guess what? This doesn't hurt the artists in any way, in fact they could see this and implement it in the game officially. I seriously suggest you to stop getting upset over meaningless things that don't actually hurt you in any physical, emotional or rational way, it's just not worth it.
@mesome713 Do you have a single shred of evidence to back that up?
@mesome713 No. It doesn't affect you. And to keep going as if it does is silly and disingenuous in your part
@UmbreonsPapa Illegal activity will always have an affect on us. It's only a matter of time.
@Spyke Come to think of it, are any ToS legally binding? I should look into that.
Until next time my peeps. Never let the thieves and hackers win. We will defeat them. Or die trying.
@Kalmaro The only purpose of any ToS is to let you know what you can and cannot do with a given service or product. Violating the ToS basically means you lose your right to continue using the service or product, and the company will either ban you from the service or refrain from offering any kind of support for your account/item. It has no legal binding and is essentially a contract that you agree to in order to use a service. You cannot be arrested for violating ToS because all you're doing is just invalidating a contract you signed, which is not a criminal offense.
@mesome713 I say this with no snark or nastiness towards you. But this is were adults are able to make distinctions between which illegal activities are actually harmful and worth getting riled up over and which ones aren't really worth your time. Hacking a video game in manner that doesn't affect other players falls within the latter.
@mesome713 bruv, I don't intend to die trying to prevent someone from tinkering with an electronic toy they bought. Especially when it's not illegal. Get some help, or troll better.
@T7Hokage017 This effects you how?
No it's very extreme fella, as it is only hacking a video game at the end of the day, far worse things are happening.
@Spyke I see thanks for enlightening me.
This comment section:
"Aw, what cute little trees!"
"ThEy deSerVe to DiE FoR HaCKinG"
As lame as hacking is, especially when it effects online play, there is no denying how beautiful the islands can look with things such as those star fragment trees.
@Spyke I'm doing more digging into TOSs and it looks like the can be legally binding but have to be done properly and are almost never enforced.
Cheating is a weird thing to talk about in AC because it's not competitive in any way, but making use of things like TTing, dupe glitches, and hacking completely imbalance the trade economy, making it much more difficult for players who don't engage in those things to participate on a fair playing field. If you duped thousands of NMTs at the beginning of the game, 150 for a Great Statue is nothing: it's astronomical for others.
The day i decided to ignore Mesome’s comments was a good day.
On a side note, ACNH is basically a single player chill experience BUT it became a peer pressure social game due to its humongous social presence.
Also, hacks could actually affect you if a player with hacked items joins your game.
this comment section is a dumpster fire. absolutely embarrassing, do any of you have this same energy when it comes to social issues? poverty in your community? homelessness? do you even have a good grasp on reality if you think hackers who are making cute, adorable trees in ANIMAL CROSSING are the scum of the earth and deserve death?? you are unstable and I strongly suggest you seek help.
Everyone here is delusional, especially @mesome713
@yuwarite Actually it is mostly one individual that is making those kind of comments. And if you see his/her comment history you will see that it is just copy/paste the same crap over and over.
Very limited individual with worthless opinions.
People choosing to play a game in a way that makes them happy and does nothing to harm anyone else, the absolute horror!
@Cosats actualy, its not illegal to hack your own copy of a singleplayer game. And its not even illegal to hack a multiplayer game (In that case tou could inflict ingame rules, but not the law).
I like the tree holding the star fragment. They should make the tree able to. Limit of bridge and incline already take some of the "creativity" away. And if those count for island evaluation, than don't count those after a set number being build. And also entrance only face 1 direction.
So many restriction for a game that suppose to be creative with a "blank canvas"
It's an impressive display of creativity. However, I'd be too afraid to use these type of hacks. 1. It might corrupt the game. 2. Nintendo may come down harshly on those using them. 3. Someone could put some unknown code in the hack that could cause harm to your switch, or try to pull info from it.
Also, hacking is not always a bad thing. In fact, there are tons of games that were created by the hacking community and even became official games like dota and counter strike.
And lets not forget the mods and hack roms that people have fun making and playing.
I had the pleasure of making a pokemon hack rom some 11 years ago that people still play today. Its called pokemon my ass, you may have heard of It (and if not, i suggest you Google It). I would love to hear what tou think about It.
@T7Hokage017 you dont have to support it. But you dont have to be against it to the point you are aggressive. Also I like your new pfp
@mesome713 you are actually insane. Also that's Nintendo fault if they cant detect cheaters. Its Nintendos fault they get away with it.
Also if you don't update you can't go Online or visit other places as well when they update so there you go all your hacking is now gone. No updating no Online access nor can you go to other Users place or Visit other places. So your basically bashing your head against a Brick Wall. How smart did you think you were.
Animal Crossing: Newer Horizons better have star trees now, that's all I'll say on the matter.
4 tiers of land and star trees, money made.
you guys really are making a big deal over what one player does in their private island.
That's really amazing.
Interesting stuff. I like seeing hackers in action, I'm always amazed by their ability to understand and manipulate game code. Kinda gives you a window into how the games were developed.
@mesome713 lol put your tinfoil hat back on crazy. You're actually making a fool of yourself haha
@frogopus Very nice reply mate, well done.
Ugly comment section, full of overtly biased and condescending tones / remarks. Funny then that most of the arguments boil down to: "how does this affect you?" as though it's therapeutic to ridicule other people's thought process at a base level. To embody tolerance and live-and-let-live compassion, then we should let go of the Internet policing. You may not like or care for another's opinion, but as has been said more eloquently than me: our world's balance depends on the rights of everyone to say what's on their mind.
I can't say I understand the appeal. The whole point of the game is collecting items and building your island how you want. If you just hack everything into the game, what is there left to do? Run around talking to villagers?
It's like the old Action Replay codes to instantly complete your Pokedex in Pokemon. People would just give themselves every Pokemon, shiny, with all the best moves and be done with it. (before online competitive was a thing) and it just left me thinking "Okay maybe that's fun for 10 minutes and then you realize there's nothing left to collect or do"
Or it's like playing an FPS with "God Mode" on. Sure you feel like an unstoppable beast for a while, but then you realize that unlimited ammo and invincibility mean the game is really dull.
what frustrates me about people against hackers is that they cherry pick what they get mad at, you guys sure dont care if hackers mod a funny character into a game, but freak out over star trees
a lot of them dont know the difference between hackers that cheat and ruin online for everyone, and hackers that mind their own business and affects no ones game whatsoever
Only Nintendo and its fanboys would consider this hacking. Which is why PC gamers will always be considered the master race.
I like playing games the way they were meant to be played. I do, however, want this to be an official thing.
@Heavyarms55 That is absolutely true. I can’t really make any promises about whether it’s illegal or legal, but it takes all the fun out of the game. When of my favourite things about video games is the challenge. A game without challenge really isn’t a game at all. There’s always going to be some who really dislike fun and choose to make the whole thing super easy and boring.
Two Rules people like to think they know better but don't.
You bought to play the game you don't own the rights to change, modify from the Developer. You gave up your rights once purchased.
Was that not clear enough for the preschoolers.
Modding a video game is like putting $500 under Free Parking in Monopoly. It's not how the game was intended to be played, but it doesn't harm players or the company producing the game.
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