Nintendo and Lego both took to social media on Thursday to tease a partnership that could mean a line of Lego sets featuring characters from the popular Animal Crossing video game is coming.
“Welcome to… LEGO Animal Crossing!” Nintendo Share on X (formerly Twitter) and LEGO said on Instagram.
Each company’s post is accompanied by the same short 11-second video.
While the trailer doesn’t reveal much, Animal Crossing fans will recognize LEGO versions of some of the Nintendo Switch game’s more popular island residents. Of course, the film also features raccoon Tom Nook, who introduces players to their deserted island, and dog Isabelle, who cheerfully helps them in the Resident Services Building.
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What do we know about Nintendo and LEGO’s collaboration?
Rumors about this partnership have been swirling since August, when news leaked out about what LEGO sets might look like and how much they might cost.
However, Nintendo and LEGO have so far kept their plans secret, at least publicly. Neither the gaming company nor the toy company immediately responded Thursday to a message from USA TODAY seeking more details about the partnership.
But this isn’t the first time Nintendo has teamed up with another company to create a line of products featuring characters from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which is only available on the Switch console.
In 2021, Build-A-Bear Workshop is partnering with Nintendo to offer stuffed animal versions of Tom Nook and Isabelle in its store, along with in-game apparel and accessories. The game is also integrated into the Monopoly board.
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“Animal Crossing: New Horizons” a huge hit during the pandemic
When Nintendo released Animal Crossing at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, its tranquil world resonated with gamers around the world.
With limited social activities and little to do, those eager to escape find they can virtually go fishing, collect shells, and explore the peaceful island, populated by mostly friendly anthropomorphic creatures.
The wholesome game could propel the Switch to become the best-selling video game console in 2021, the same year that Animal Crossing: New Horizons was so popular that it was inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame.
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