Animal Crossing: New Horizons fans now have the chance to become a part of the Dodo Airlines flight crew thanks to the new jacket that Nintendo is now selling. This most recent Animal Crossing product that’s now available on the Nintendo Store has joined the other collection of themed products, including hats, plushies, shirts, accessories for the Nintendo Switch console, and more.
Nintendo’s Switch-exclusive life simulation title was launched earlier in the year, around the same time when the whole world was going into lockdown due to the advent of the coronavirus pandemic.
As such, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Animal Crossing: New Horizons was such a huge success, especially since most gamers had nothing to do except stay at home and play video games. As a matter of fact, it was one of the few games to have sold six million units in Japan.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons has players occupying a deserted island, and then eventually changing it into a flourishing town that’s populated by cute and friendly anthropomorphic animals.
Amidst a pandemic where social distancing is crucial, New Horizons allows players to meet up with their friends virtually by visiting each other’s islands. So, not only does it offer players a way to channel their creativity, it’s a great way to remain social while still following the COVID-19 safety protocols.
Since its rise to success, both fans and retailers have been steadily releasing real-life clothing, artwork, trinkets, and more that center around Animal Crossing. In fact, even Nintendo itself is joining in on the fun.
Players who usually travel to other players’ islands are most likely familiar with New Horizons’ airport at this point, which is where some of the more loved NPCs are located. The airport is used for reaching other areas of the game though, such as the photo studio and the other mystery islands.
Now, Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ airport is manned by two dodo birds called Wilbur and Orville, respectively. If a player frequently travels in-game, then these two NPCs reward that player with a variety of Dodo Airlines merchandise for in-game use.
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Revealed only last week, players now have the chance to feel like a pilot of Dodo Airlines in real life, as the Nintendo Shop is now selling a Dodo Airlines Jacket. It’s specifically a zip-up bomber jacket that comes in a light green color. The front part of the jacket has the yellow DAL logo as well as the blue Dodo Airlines logo.
On the other hand, the back part is emblazoned with a globe and the DAL logo in front of it. Above that are five golden stars, while beneath it are wings outlined in the same golden color.
The Animal Crossing Dodo Airlines Jacket is priced at $79.99 on the Nintendo Shop and has a wide range of sizes available, from XS through 4XL. That being said, there are several other Dodo Airlines-themed merchandise available as well, including a blue t-shirt that has a dodo design on it, as well as a blue baseball cap that is designed with yet another dodo bird.
Seeing how Animal Crossing: New Horizons was able to amass a massive following since its initial launch, it doesn’t come as a surprise that it now has a bunch of merchandise on offer. 2020 may have been a bizarre year, but we’re happy that we got Animal Crossing: New Horizons out of it.