The fan art must flow
In a simple but effective brand-synergizing tweet today, the @DOOM account shared a wholesome screenshot of Animal Crossing‘s Isabelle — and Doom‘s, err, Doomguy — side by side in Smash Ultimate. It’s an unlikely yet beautiful friendship. Two worlds, one family.
together at last pic.twitter.com/aa1ZOX5PUa
— DOOM (@DOOM) October 19, 2021
As much as Doom fans would’ve liked to see the Doom Slayer as a full-blown roster addition in Smash Ultimate, having this force of nature available in the game as a Mii Fighter costume for the Mii Gunner is the next best thing. The Praetor Suit looks good.
The Animal Crossing x Doom fan-art phenomenon probably doesn’t need a boost — it seems like it has enough momentum to be self-sustaining at this point — but it’s amusing to see this pairing made “official” again. (Imagine a just-vague-enough Easter egg reference to Isabelle in the next Doom game, whenever that comes. I would die.)
To think, this Isabelle and Doom Slayer (friend)ship went big with a March 20 release shared between these two very different games. It goes to show that there’s room in our hearts to grow a laid-back island community and also cut down hordes of demon scum.
Part of me recognizes how not important this is; another part takes pleasure in it for that very reason. If I can’t find joy in a heartwarming fan-art craze, what am I even doing?