A simulation of life on a desert island in the company of anthropomorphic animals Animal Crossing: New Horizons became popular immediately after the release. Including in China. Activists and public protests immediately took advantage of her opportunities.
In particular, Joshua Wong, the famous Hong Kong Democrat and advocate of independence. He has published in his Twitter as his supporters organize in-game virtual funeral of the head of China XI Jinping and Director who Tedros Adhanom under the slogan of “pneumonia of Wuhan”.
This is what we do in #AnimalCrossing… maybe it’s why these people are so anxious to go back to the game!! pic.twitter.com/vVeaGq54lv
— Joshua Wong 黃之鋒 (@joshuawongcf) April 10, 2020
As a result, the game was removed from sale in all major stores. Under the ban came also merchandise for the game and even themed console. Until recently, the game was buy to online services like Pinduoduo and Taobao, but there Animal Crossing is gone.
However, as explained by analyst Daniel Ahmad, in fact, Animal Crossing: New Horizons in China are not even out. The laws of the country very severe, and for release on Nintendo Switch is still officially allowed only three games: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Super Mario Odyssey , and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Despite this, players are not prohibited from buying Animal Crossing, registering the accounts of other countries in the eShop. There’s even an online mode for those who live in China. And the game enjoys in the country huge popularity despite the “ban”.
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