Animal Crossing: New Horizons promises players a chill, idyllic island life, yet it also has plenty of players putting in work. Some plan huge terraforming projects, others obsessively play the stalk market, and so on. If you're doing lots of customizing or trying to rack up Bells, you might wish for some quality of life changes, and after seeing this fan-made Nintendo Direct, you might find it hard to keep playing without them.
Produced by YouTuber Nick Ha, this six-minute video almost perfectly cribs the style of Nintendo's Animal Crossing Direct presentations to run down a long list of "the quality of life features [players] actually want." These changes include things like the ability to craft multiples of an item at once, fast forward through repetitive dialogue, and the ability to open your island's gates to visitors via a Nook Phone app.
More impressive than the video editing and the pitch-perfect voiceover from YouTubers Kira Buckland, Lizzie Freeman, and Madeline Dorroh are the ways Ha depicts these proposed changes. All the new or redesigned user interface elements match Nintendo's real New Horizon aesthetics stunningly well. Were it not for a few rude quips, sight gags, and a Fist of the North Star joke that sticks out like a sore thumb, bits of this video could easily pass for a real Nintendo production.
As for whether or not changes like these should or ever would make their way into Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you've got to ask yourself if they actually fit with Nintendo's design intent. Bringing over the sort feature from the home inventory to the pocket menu seems like a sensible way to expand a feature that's already in the game, but would Nintendo really want to give players the option to skip over huge chunks of Blathers' dialogue? Time travelling is already discouraged by the game's mechanics, and speeding through the minute tasks of New Horizons' offerings seems like something Nintendo might not want players to do.
On the other hand, this video points out the glaring lack of options New Horizons has for things like volume and camera controls, which are accessibility areas Nintendo should arguably address.
If Nintendo ever does implement features like this in the future, Ha and company will have all the more reason to be proud of this entertaining, polished video. Hopefully, with more seasonal events to come and New Horizons breaking sales records, Nintendo will devote energy to updates that also improve the way it plays. Either that, or we should definitely get Froggy Chair—your move, Nintendo.