Animal Crossing: New Horizons Players have a knack for recreating the look of other iconic games in the enchanting dimensions of an island. There are fan builds for Breath of the wild as well as other classic Nintendo games, a task made easier with the addition of Mario-themed items in a March 2021 update. Other creators have made it their business to recreate iconic film worlds, particularly those from the acclaimed animated films by Studio Ghibli.
Aesthetically, that makes perfect sense. Studio Ghibli films are carefully hand animated with a quirky, quaint style and have a warm, cozy feel like that of that of. resembles New Horizons
The following recreation of a scene My neighbor Totoro features wall tendrils, hanging ceiling items, and polishes (which give the appearance of fluttering moths). All of this is captured in the first-person lens of the new Pro Camera app. It’s also worth noting that this player is dressed up like Porco Rosso from the Studio Ghibli movie of the same name.
Similar techniques are used here to recreate Howl’s bedroom Howl’s Moving Castle in astonishing detail.
Gyroids that were introduced with the 2.0 update also played a role in these builds. In this recreation, Arfoid poses as the fire demon Calcifer.
Others recover Spirited away‘s first no-face scene – where the monster enters the bathhouse after Chihiro mistakes it for a paying customer. This build uses a combination of custom themes as well Happy home paradise‘s unlockable partitions and the single accent wall option of the 2.0 update. (These features are often used together to create the look of porches and balconies.)
This creator designed Spirited away‘s ghost town from the beginning of the film. They used the first person camera perspective and recorded themselves walking through the empty night market.
The addition of farming has made it possible for this player to recreate a scene from When Marnie was there, a studio Ghibli film directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi.
All of these trends ultimately add to some of the longer-running Miyazaki tributes that people have created in New Horizons. Since the game’s debut in March 2020, players have created great scene studies and screenshots side-by-side with their Studio Ghibli filmmates.
Others had incorporated villagers into the designs, posing as Studio Ghibli’s most famous animal figures.
Whether these builds inspire you to build your own Ghibli-themed islands – or just re-watch the stunning movies – they are definitely beautiful to watch.