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Nintendo's freestyle innovation culture shapes Animal Crossing

Tradition that values idle chat underlies pandemic-era smash hit

Nintendo's Animal Crossing has helped people feel connected with others during pandemic lockdowns. (Photo courtesy of Nintendo)

KYOTO, Japan -- Few things reigned supreme in a year dominated by the pandemic quite like Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Nintendo's newest installment of the long-running series that has been credited with saving the mental health of those stuck inside their homes for weeks on end.

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