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

Animal Crossing: New Horizons warp pipe
(Image credit: Nintendo)

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 on Instagram started the challenge as part of a photo competition, which has since turned into a photo challenge known as the #acpipechallenge. 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, Doctor Who, and even a Mario game itself. 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, 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 as well as the #acsparklechallenge (both of which were created by @cybearizons 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

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 GamesRadar's trainee news writer where I get to spread the word about the goings-on in the video game world. My expertise lies in Animal Crossing related topics after spending the last 15 years immersing myself in island life. I also know a thing or two about The Last of Us, and way too much about the Kingdom Hearts series.