Animal Crossing used by Japanese company in work-from-home effort

Animal Crossing: New Horizons business meeting

Companies and schools all over the world have abandoned physical meetings in the wake of COVID-19, instead favoring remote work and meeting digitally. While most faced with such an issue have generally turned to classic workplace services like Zoom, at least one company in Japan wanted to try a slightly different medium, Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

The news comes from industry analyst Daniel Ahmad, who explained that, while an office vacation to Animal Crossing: New Horizons sounds like fun, the company’s status report, embedded below in Ahmad’s tweet, was less promising.

So, about what you’d expect. Animal Crossing: New Horizons certainly is a fun meeting place – that’s the only listed advantage, after all – but as far as office environments go, it’s a little underequipped and a bit distracting. Aside from just being an absurdly fun game, typical Nintendo online deficiencies come into play here as well. If it were a functioning system, it could alleviate some of the workplace stress that comes with being unable to talk to coworkers privately or even conveniently.

Okay, maybe office buildings do not work so well, but Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been pretty awesome during the COVID-19 crisis in a few other ways. When the virus came in and canceled weddings and birthday partiesAnimal Crossing was there to save both. In times like these, isn’t that just a bit more important?



Nick Pearson
I'm the Reviews Editor here at Nintendo Enthusiast, and I'm a major fan of all consoles and eras.