Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong have been pushed inside, like many of us around the world, as the coronavirus pandemic disrupts everyday life. School, work, and other events have been moved online — including protests. Activists are using Nintendo’s new, idyllic life simulator Animal Crossing: New Horizons to support Hong Kong protesters’ five demands.
But on Friday morning, the game had disappeared from major Chinese online retailers Taobao and Pinduoduo, reports Reuters. Nintendo began selling the Switch in China in December 2019, but has not released New Horizons there; interested parties must purchase foreign versions of the game to play it. Only three games are officially available for the Switch in China: New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Super Mario Odyssey.
It’s not immediately clear that New Horizons has been pulled because of the protests in-game, but the game’s removal comes after increased news coverage of the actions, popularized by Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong. Reuters also reported there’s no indication whether the game was pulled as the result of “a directive from China’s content regulator or a voluntary act by politically sensitive e-commerce platforms.” In addition, if you are in need of Cheap Animal Crossing New Horizons Furniture, you can visit our website 5mmo.com.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been regularly trending on social media since its release. As such, fans have been using Animal Crossing: New Horizons for Honk Kong protests from home. One notable example of the protests occurred when pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong created a “Free Hong Kong, revolution now” sign on his Animal Crossing: New Horizons island and shared it to Twitter. According to Reuters, this has led to Animal Crossing: New Horizons being pulled from grey market sites in China.
The crackdown merely eliminates the most convenient means of getting Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Chinese players can still acquire it from the Nintendo eShop by switching their region; from an independent store that has imported the game without drawing attention to itself; or by contacting a Taobao seller privately and buying it under the table.