Animal Crossing’s Community Is Mario-Making Amazing Mushroom Kingdom Creations
Mario and several of his friends have warp piped their way into Animal Crossing, and the endlessly artistic community has already turned a relatively simple catalog of new Mario furniture items into stunning island designs in a matter of days.
If you haven’t yet seen it, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is celebrating Mario’s 35th anniversary with a slate of new Mario-themed items and costumes added to the game. These include, alongside outfits of Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Wario, a number of decorative items like nothing the game has had before. There are coins that can be “collected” by players, interactable items like Stars and Mushrooms, hovering blocks and giant mushrooms that can have items placed upon them, and most exciting of all — a Warp Pipe that can transport you instantly to a second Warp Pipe placed elsewhere on your island.
So, of course, the Animal Crossing community is already making some amazing creations, including yes, literal actual platforming courses:
— doom desire (@doom_mori) March 1, 2021
Mario courses like this don’t just pop up overnight — literally — in Animal Crossing. All the Mario items are available through a separate tab of the Nook Shopping app, but the app limits you to ordering five items a day. Which means if you want to make elaborate courses like this, you need to time travel…a lot.
Some players have used custom patterns on the ground to theme their outdoor levels in creative ways, like this area reminiscent of sky levels:
Or this amazing rendition of Rainbow Road:
Or even a Mario Party recreation:
Players aren’t just making amazing outdoor courses — there are also some really wonderful indoor set-ups being done in people’s houses using the floor and wallpaper sets along with the Mario furniture items.
A few creators have gone beyond just recreating Mario 2D levels, and have used custom design prints to put together recreations of fan-favorite 3D spaces, like Peach’s Castle:
Some clever players aren’t using the Mario items specifically to make Mario stages, but rather are getting clever with items like the Warp Pipes and floating blocks. The Warp Pipes, for instance, make island transit easier in ways that allow for interesting or beautiful designs that weren’t possible before, given that they only take up about one “square” of space, while a ramp can take up several. Others noticed that the floating blocks can be used to make tunnels — again, a feature that wasn’t possible with the items and features available in the game previously.
There are lots of other beautiful creations incorporating the Mario items, including several gorgeous mushroom forests and this clever use of Warp Pipes that appear to have ended up in the wrong video game entirely:
— John Edwards (@EuclidianBoxes) March 2, 2021
Meanwhile, a few people are just using the Mario costumes to make “Mario” do goofy things in the Animal Crossing universe:
— Rikrio (@RikrioTastroff) March 3, 2021
— Phøx McMint #BLM (@Phox_McMint) March 4, 2021
Finally, multiple creators have noticed that at least one popular Mario character seems to have been left out of the costuming options for this update: Waluigi. A few folks have tried to give the tennis-playing antagonist an appearance with custom clothing designs, and are using those designs to let their disappointment be known via meme format, like this one:
Sorry, Waluigi. Maybe next time? (Please, Nintendo!)
Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.