Animal Crossing is its own franchise, but its expansive tool suite lets players pay tribute creative to other game franchises. A recent example comes from Twitter user "Koumepo," who performed some impressive pixel art wizardry to turn their Animal Crossing: New Horizons town into Earthbound's Onett.
Koumepo shared their master work yesterday, and it's really something else. All the roads look like they've been dumped straight from the cult classic RPG. You can also catch a glimpse of Earthbound's garbage cans (I don't think you can check them for pizza or hamburgers, though), its stop signs, and its roadside bushes. Koumepo tours their town dressed up in a red cap and a striped shirt that's a dead ringer for the attire belonging to Earthbound's boy hero, Ness.
Best of all, New Horizons' inherent simplicity really compliments the "retro-Crayola" art style that Earthbound is famous for. The island's bright houses and weird, random décor items look like they belong with Koumepo's re-creation of Earthbound's mountainous suburban town.
"Onett Island" doesn't limit its references to Earthbound, though. Keep your eyes open for Undertale cameos from Sans and The Annoying Dog.
When Earthbound came to the SNES in 1995, it was largely ignored. RPGs had a hard time finding purchase in the West at the time, and Earthbound's "primitive" graphics didn't win many fans. The game's since gone on to become extremely popular over the years, thanks to boosts from Ness' appearance in Super Smash Bros. and a (justifiably) vocal cult following.
Want tips for turning your own deserted island into something spectacular? We have tons of Animal Crossing: New Horizons guides that will help you live your best life on Tom Nook's isolated hunk of land.