During the build-up to Animal Crossing: New Horizons' launch this year, Nintendo decided to make full use of its official Animal Crossing Twitter account by giving it a new lick of paint. Usually 'ran' by Isabelle, the account was given over to Tom Nook, with a change of profile picture and tweet style put in place to reflect Tom's unique personality.
Today, normal service has resumed and Isabelle is back in office. In her first tweet back in charge, she says that it "feels like it's been forever" and that it's "so nice to be back".
Traditionally, Animal Crossing fans have universally loved Isabelle for years now - despite the odd case of absolute Isabelle hatred - but not everyone's pleased to have her back. Thanks to her role in New Horizons on Switch, a large number of fans have replied with concern that the account will no longer have any news - a nod to Isabelle's in-game dialogue that regularly and repetitively talks about mundane, everyday nonsense.
It's strange to see fans turn their back on New Leaf's most-loved star, but we must admit that it's pretty funny seeing so many people sharing our frustrations over that blimmin' missing sock she never stops talking about.
We were thinking about which Animal Crossing character we'd love to see in charge next, and Twitter user @cantsleepsyd sums things up perfectly.
I prefer tom nook over isabelle. So my feelings about this change are mixed too.
Isabelle is the best. She's unforgetable.
She has become a tool. I got so sick of her announcements that I just button mash through them. They could at least have her announce who is on the island that day if nothing else.
I still love Isabelle with the passion of a thousand sea bass
Can we get tortimor back?
Isabelle? More like Is-a-bore! Am I right, kids? Hello? Where'd everyone go?
Bah. Shes a drunkard. Get her to rehab, not give her another platform to speak on. Especially as since shes a drunkard, she just repeats the same darn thing, ad nauseam. Dang hollywood and protecting their own...
Firstly, these stupid announcements should be skippable, and second, they should only be made IF Isabelle has something of substance to say, which is overwhelmingly the exception rather than the rule.
Oh! I didn't mean to prattle on about my grievances. LOL soz!
I don't get it, how hard is it to have Isabelle tell us which of the visiting NPCs is on the island today, instead of nattering on about TV or missing socks?
@Savino I just assume everyone is probably aware of this and just likes to have a little fun and play along
I loved Isabelle in New Leaf, but her character is absolutely useless and meaningless in New Horizons. Her daily announcements serve no purpose and like, thanks for telling me the time and date Isabelle, but even my refrigerator does that.
@Crockin How much passion is in a thousand sea bass? What are they so passionate about in the first place? Are they hopeless romantics, pining for salty fish love? This is vital information you must share with me, or I won't be able to sleep tonight.
I'm with the last tweet. Sable Supremacy!!
@Savino We’re not really complaining. We’re jokingly sharing our frustrations over Isabelle’s lack of news.
Apple is best girl!
Really complaining about a fictional character on Twitter? REALLY?
To quote another fictional character.
"I don't want to live on this planet anymore."
The answer for me, someone who has never played animal crossing, is KK Slider
Welcome to the salt mines
@Spoony_Tech YES! This so much! I guess keep Wisp and Celeste a surprise, but I don't know why she can't say "Kicks in the square" or "Flick is hunting for bugs here today". It would be useful and give her something to say.
They need to give her something additional to do in the game. Seems kinda pointless right now.
@Savino Fair point, well taken! Though I still think it's all in good fun.
@Savino No!! I refuse to believe that!! My anthropomorphic animal neighbors are REAL!!!
The REAL reason for the hate is... that damn fishing rod.
Lol please shut up about your sock that's funny. Im glad Isabella is back, I just loved that roast.
I wish mr resetti was in the game as a villager
@Savino What?! NO!
She's so cute that I find it hard to hate her. I like doggies so I love her. Plus It's not really something I pay attention to. I have a Twitter but I never use it. As for her role in game, it's minor but it's not really a bother and when there is a new campsite visitor or event it's nice to get a heads up. It's perfectly FINE.
Isabelle was a wonder in New Leaf but it's obvious they added her to New Leaf without working out what to do with her first. I'd even love it if they added a cut scene of her doing a your of your island when a new villager moves in.. making up stuff as she goes.
@geni53yr7 Haha, the removed him for being scary.. imagine those poor traumatised children finding he's moved in and standing outside their house!
Can you blame her for her drinking issue or her tendency to babble? She works 24 hours a day and never gets a single day off. No wonder she looses her socks all the time. At least the Nook Brats and Able Sisters get down-time (altho the Nook Brats are the ones who do the overnight construction). Poor Isabelle is there every frigging time you need her, some times she even just nods off at her desk.
Eh, Isabelle is overrated to me. But cool I guess.
@ReikoMortis New Horizons has been in development since New Leaf came out in Japan so nothing was rushed.
Isabelle’s TV habits and missing sock is more important than any news these days. These haters don’t have a clue it seems
She could at least tell us who is visiting that day
Read that subtitle wrong.
@NathanTheAsian This guy gets it. The absolute bane of my existence in Smash.
Twitter is garbage anyway.
But I'd rather Isabelle than that hedgehog who does nothing but talk about her sister.
"Hey, have you met our other sister?" Every single time I talk to her. Yes, you stupid rodent, I have. I used to like you, when you said different things.
Isabelle is fine, I just don't like having unskippable into stuff. If I could turn them off I would never see the intro stuff in Splatoon 2 nor Animal Crossing New Horizons. It was a step backwards to add intro jabber to Animal Crossing.
Given that Twitter is a toxic hellhole, I couldn't have expected any other result.
Leave Isabelle alone, LEAVE HER ALONE!
Isabelle got done dirty in this one. She takes over right as the announcements start slowing to a crawl. :/
@MysticX Yeah! For instance:
"A weird ship was spotted at the back of the island, be careful if you go in!" for Redd.
Really don’t see why people feel the need to leave comments like this on tweets. It’s weird and I doubt whoever Is actually posting on the twitter account even cares or reads anything under the tweets. So basically so dumb stuff to farm likes?
@noswitchbutidc Isabelle announcing redd wouldn’t make sense. If they knew the ship back there, someone would probably have to investigate it. The villagers tell you about it because they’re less likely to care, but Redd doesn’t need to be announced because he shows up on the Map anyway unlike the other NPC’s.
@60frames-please At least you can speed through the dialogue which only takes a few seconds of your time. They really do need to implement a skip button though. For Saharah, at least. She talks too much.
@RhiannonRune Why when most visitors show up unannounced (Gulliver, Redd, Flick for example) or are on the plaza where you would see them anyway? The villagers will also already tell you who is on the island regardless of who it is.
What needs to happen is that they should add icons on the map for every NPC so you know they’re there and where to find them. Isabelle announcing them isn’t going to make running around the island to find Flick any easier.
@Ogbert Why would she need to announce Kicks? If he’s on the square, you’re going to see him anyway. Flick seemingly shows up on your island unannounced so why would she know he’s there. Sure it’ll give Isabelle more to do, but it wouldn’t make sense. The villagers also already do that job for her.
@sanderev More like saying something negative on Twitter to farm likes because it validates them and it’s a cool thing to do. Whoever is running the twitter doesn’t care and will just proceed business as usual anyway.
@ReikoMortis We’re 3 months into the game and you still think New Horizons was not only rushed, but that the reason the game is adding things via updates is because they couldn’t while the game was in development? Who told you that? Because That’s not the case.
Nintendo said from the beginning that the “missing” content was intentional and that they would be releasing updates overtime to extend the lifespan of the game. It was never missing content, as everything that was “missing” was in the game files from the beginning and given out over time. The game is on a very apparent schedule and acts like a live service so everyone can experience the gameplay together and enjoy everything in real time. I don’t know how diving being implemented in the summer didn’t tip you off that the game is very deliberately on a schedule and these updates are planned out, even if they’re finished already.
@KarmaGoona "someone who is really passionate about bugs is on the island!" "Reports of a castaway" etc. Way more useful than her talking about tv shows and socks.
@KarmaGoona that entirely depends how your island is set up, my house isn’t near the square and I’ve no need to go there everyday. He’s right outside her window why not announce it? It’s better than the same 4-5 no news clips. And how would she know Flick or C.J arrived? Well same way she knows someone is visiting the campsite. You could narrativise it as Dodo Airlines told them or a villager mentioned they saw them, but frankly you don’t need too because again it’s better that repeating the same 4-5 no news lines every single day. Redd? There’s been reports of a suspicious character docked in the North of the island. Gulliver could be left to surprise, or she could occasionally say someone was on the beach. It’d be even more fun if over time she changed he lines and it became, “Oh, yeah, Gulliver got himself washed up on the shore again” or “I heard our travelling bug fanatic Flick is back!”.
I honestly don't care. I'd take anyone. It's only a bit of fun.
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