Nintendo has released the final major free content update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons and there's a lot to unpack.
One particular item that's been added is a gaming computer, and it's got quite a lot of people talking. It's not so much the item, but what's on the screens that have become the talking point. If you squint hard enough, you might be able to see there's a chat program and a colourful first-person style shooter.
And well, it didn't take players long to catch on that it could possibly be a reference to Discord and perhaps even Nintendo's team-based squid shooter series, Splatoon (credit, fluffysmolcloud). While the game on-screen might be an FPS, there are definitely some weapons there that look somewhat familiar.
"no way a discord AND a splatoon reference..."
Even Discord picked up on the reference - with the Twitter account noting how it had "officially made it":
Unsurprisingly, a number of responses were quick to make reference to the only official method of voice communication on the Switch - the Switch Online app, and how they would love to see Discord support:
"Nintendo will reference Discord but make you connect to the NSO Smartphone App to use voice chat in their games"
"You know Nintendo if you referenced discord in your game it would pretty cool if you had the whole thing in your system that'd be awesome please"
While we would love this to be some sort of next-level Discord for Switch tease, it appears to just be a cool Easter Egg. Have you spotted any other neat references like this in the Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.0 update? Leave a comment below.
[source twitter.com, via gamerant.com]
You gotta be kidding me. I really hope this isn't some throwaway cameo and actually a tease towards Discord functionality on the Switch.
@ModdedInkling IT CAN BE TWO THINGS!
Whenever I see capitalized Discord, my brain immediately goes to My Little Pony.
i could've sworn this was already an alternate screen for the regular pcs
No, don't remind me of my bronycon days, I swore an oath to never be like that again...
Such a cool little reference. I couldn’t believe it when I saw it!
I remember when discord was just starting and sponsoring relatively small youtubers. And now they've been referenced in what is currently one of the biggest games of all time. Wild
They should really integrate Discord or some sort in Switch online stuff. I'd love to talk to people online when we play together.
Just finally go with the time Nintendo!
Now if they could just make a logo that doesn't look like the nose of a pig....
Woah you buried the lead! That's PixelJunk Shooter, one of the best games ever made.
@Twisted_Mind While that would be cool... I really don't think Switch has the system resources to spare to proper integrate anything from discord... People don't realize that in order to get that stuff to function. Nintendo would have set aside cpu cores, ram.. etc for that stuff to properly function.
@Floki To be honest I know that there need many changes to be done to make things like voice, chatting and similar basic Online-Gaming to work.
But Nintendo is the worst in Online-Gaming features. Not that they just don't have as much but they have bad support for some things. In my opinion they really should work on this stuff as a priority. They don't necessarily need Discord but something similar so you don't feel like you're being treated like a kid playing on a kid's toy not allowed to speak to strangers.
The demographic is wide on Nintendo consoles. So there should be options for younger ones as well as adults.
Wow, they referenced a PC thing on a PC item.
So why can't my Switch make ice cubes yet? They're in the game for crying out loud.
Discord for the win!
I just invited celeste over to the roost, she took blathers and he gave a whole backstory over how he worked together with Brewster in a previous museum... first time an NPC refers to a previous AC except maybe Joan/daisy may
Microsoft and Sony: try to acquire discord
Nintendo: laughs maniacally
Pretty sure this means Switch Pro!
Also, the FPS has more reference to John Cena than Splatoon.
tom nook grooming scandal incoming
The character on the right computer screen looks a lot like Link in the NES Zelda games.
Wait, you didn’t even notice that the pink variation of this had several screens of the yet to be released Style Savvy game! I was SO HAPPY to see that! I took screenshots of it and sent them to other style savvy fans I know! Come on Nintendo, get this game released!
A texture drawn by a low level asset artist at Nintendo EPD who is actually young enough to know what Discord is.
It is not remotely on the radars of the actual decision makers at Nintendo, trust me.
"TAKE THAT TOM! I CAN BROWSE TWITTER NOW!"
Heck yes. The ultimate Animal Crossing Easter Egg! 😁😜
@OrangeSoda Lol me too.
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