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Animal Crossing manga makes the wait for New Horizons almost bearable

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In anticipation of the release of Animal Crossing New Horizons, Nintendo has released a series of 4-koma manga depicting life as a villager in Tom Nook's world. 

There are currently three comic strips available via the official Japanese homepage for Animal Crossing New Horizons (opens in new tab). The latest (opens in new tab) sees Tom Nook bragging about his new NookPhone that doesn't require charging (translation via Resetera (opens in new tab)). 

I couldn't find translations for the other two comics, but no. 1 (opens in new tab) looks like Tom Nook and a smaller Tom Nook rescuing a starved and frightened villager. No. 2 (opens in new tab) is particularly tough to decipher without English translation, but you can see some credit cards and Tom Nook relaxing in a hot spring with a couple of little Tom Nooks.

Nintendo has yet to release a translated version of the manga for western audiences, and I suspect it's unlikely they will. For now though, it's enough of a treat just to have something Animal Crossing New Horizons-related from Nintendo, as the wait until March 20 has frankly been agonizing.

For GamesRadar's Big in 2020 series, we previewed (opens in new tab) some of the things we're most excited about in Animal Crossing New Horizons, like the new crafting system, greatly expanded home and island customization options, and of course pole vaulting over streams. We also just got a look at the new catalog of fashion choices available in New Horizons (opens in new tab), which finally includes sleeves for those bitter winter mornings.

Animal Crossing New Horizons is one of the best upcoming games of 2020 (opens in new tab), but there are plenty more to be excited about.

After scoring a degree in English from ASU, I worked as a copy editor while freelancing for places like SFX Magazine, Screen Rant, Game Revolution, and MMORPG on the side. Now, as GamesRadar's west coast Staff Writer, I'm responsible for managing the site's western regional executive branch, AKA my apartment, and writing about whatever horror game I'm too afraid to finish.