Animal Crossing: New Horizons players are using warp pipes as part of a photo challenge

Animal Crossing: New Horizons warp pipe
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons players have found yet another use for the Mario Warp Pipes in the game, using them for a viral photo challenge. 

@acnh_devineland (opens in new tab) on Instagram started the challenge as part of a photo competition, which has since turned into a photo challenge known as the #acpipechallenge (opens in new tab). For this task, players must take a photo of them popping out of a warp pipe in an impressive fashion. Below you’ll find @acnh_devineland’s example which kickstarted the idea.

Players got very creative with the challenge, with some recreating classic IPs like Toy Story (opens in new tab), Doctor Who (opens in new tab), and even a Mario game itself (opens in new tab). According to the original Instagram post introducing the challenge, players can achieve the jumping illusion by placing a pipe behind an item that’ll cover it and jumping in. If there’s no secondary pipe, players will be shot back out of the original pipe which is when a secondary player will have to take the photo. 

In an interview with Polygon (opens in new tab), the challenge’s creator stated that “The second I stepped into one and saw how high it tossed you into the air, I knew there were tons of awesome creations that would be able to come from this!” The pipe challenge isn’t actually the first photo challenge to feature Animal Crossing: New Horizons, as the #acFloatChallenge (opens in new tab) as well as the #acsparklechallenge (opens in new tab) (both of which were created by @cybearizons (opens in new tab) on Instagram), also happened on the platform.

The warp pipes, which were introduced with the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Super Mario update, have been used for several island activities including using them to cut down on commuting time, creating a subway station, and even using them as a wasp escape route.

To keep up to date with Nintendo’s island getaway game, take a look at our upcoming Animal Crossing: New Horizons events list

Hope Bellingham
News Writer

After studying Film Studies and Creative Writing at university, I was lucky enough to land a job as an intern at Player Two PR where I helped to release a number of indie titles. I then got even luckier when I became a Trainee News Writer at GamesRadar+ before being promoted to a fully-fledged News Writer after a year and a half of training.  My expertise lies in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, cozy indies, and The Last of Us, but especially in the Kingdom Hearts series. I'm also known to write about the odd Korean drama for the Entertainment team every now and then.