In celebration of the Super Mario Bros. 35th anniversary, Animal Crossing: New Horizons recently announced the arrival of Mario-themed items and clothing, which will soon be available for purchase via Nook Shopping. These include the exciting Mario Warp Pipes – teleportation items that, when placed in different areas of the island, allow Animal Crossing players to fast-travel to that area.
New Horizons will be adding more than just Mario items, however. The latest Animal Crossing update also includes St. Patrick’s Day, Pi Day, and Girl’s Day exclusives, the latter being a yearly holiday in Japan on March 3. This update drops February 25, and, once downloaded, players will have access to the Mario content starting March 1, 2021.
While the announcement mentions users will be able to place two Warp Pipes, Nintendo’s official Animal Crossing website confirms players will actually be able to put down more than just two on their islands, allowing for a handful of areas players can quickly and conveniently get to in lieu of running all over the map. How exactly will Warp Pipes work if more than two are placed? Can they be placed indoors? And how will this change the future of Animal Crossing: New Horizons?
It makes sense that, if only two are placed, jumping in one Warp Pipe will have the player come out of the other. The Animal Crossing website notes placing more than two will result in the player coming out of a random Warp Pipe. This could allow for an interesting multiplayer game of hide-and-seek when other players come to visit one’s New Horizons island. It’s currently unknown if there will be a maximum limit of how many Warp Pipes can be placed, but Nintendo does note there will need to be enough empty space surrounding these items for them to work properly.
What’s even more exciting is that Warp Pipes can also be placed inside the player’s New Horizons home. Those fixing up certain areas on the island – especially areas on a side opposite from the player’s house – will be happy to know they can use Warp Pipes to teleport home if their pockets are full, letting them more easily empty their inventories or retrieve furniture from their home storage. Besides the Warp Pipes, players can look forward to other promotional Mario items through Nook Shopping, including a Mushroom Mural Wallpaper, a Yoshi’s Egg rug, 1-Up Mushrooms, and clothing designed to transform players into Mario favorites, such as Princess Peach, Luigi, and Wario.
Even if Animal Crossing fans aren’t necessarily going for a Super Mario Bros. aesthetic, the presence of the Warp Pipes gives players a much-appreciated quality of life enhancement. For a game that has already potentially taken up hours of gaming time, new shortcuts and conveniences are certainly welcome in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.