SmashPad’s Top 10 Games of 2020

2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

“This game, now I know I said I wasn’t going to go on and on about the troubles of 2020, but the timing of this game was serendipitous. There we were, staying home, being good, being safe, being so lonely, so scared, so stressed. It felt like we were cut off from our families, our friends, our coworkers, our classmates. And here comes Animal Crossing to the rescue. Being able to visit my real life friends, play little mini games we created like kids on a playground, trading items, sending gifts, gathering for shooting stars and making it into a pajama party are very personal ways this game honest to goodness helped keep me grounded, engaged, purposeful, and social.

The game would’ve been incredible even if COVID-19 hadn’t happened. Nintendo has done an outstanding job on content, updates, continued support, and inclusion/representation with regards to character customization. I have absolutely zero plans of decreasing my AC:NH playtime in 2021. In fact, I’m looking forward to more updates and seasonal events.” – Theresa Samons