Animal Crossing's Characters Have Valentine's Day Hugs and Kisses For You

Animal Crossing's Characters Have Valentine's Day Hugs and Kisses For You

Even that gonif Tom Nook has something nice to say. (Kidding. Nook is all right.)

The history of Saint Valentine's Day is steeped in a lot of sex, war, and blood, but it's since settled down into a benign holiday that's all about celebrating the people you love. Even the fuzzy, happy Animal Crossing crew is sharing the Valentine's Day love.

Yesterday, Nintendo tweeted a handful of Valentine's Day cards featuring some of Animal Crossing's best-known critters. (Plus one villager.) The adorable Isabelle wishes you a simple "Happy Valentine's Day" accompanied by some X's and O's (thank you Isabelle, we appreciate the kisses), while K.K. Slider hopes we have a "Groovy" Valentine's Day. Tom Nook admits we make him "Feel like a million bells," which is accurate: When we play Animal Crossing, we shovel a seemingly endless deluge of bells onto the land-owning tanuki. Nintendo also links to a printable page that offers more love and hugs.

The only problem with these cards if you're supposed to print them out yourself and distribute them. If your printer is anything like mine, it's been out of commission for 60 years for want of cyan ink. A better option might be to save the cards to your hard drive and distribute them digitally. Love knows no distribution method!

These Valentine's Day cards are undoubtedly part of Nintendo's efforts to promote the upcoming Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the Switch. We've already received a birthday calendar and even an epic new Switch model.

However, there's a bit of controversy amongst all the good feelings Animal Crossing inspires. It was recently revealed Animal Crossing: New Horizons limits players to one island per Switch, and fans aren't happy. On the plus side, cloud saves will be available in emergencies, e.g. if the player loses their Switch or it breaks.

Go ahead and bask in the love Animal Crossing's denizens are dishing out, because New Horizons arrives on March 20. Thumb through our Animal Crossing: New Horizons guide in the meantime.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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