Cuteness was very effective
We’ve had homage after homage for Pokemon in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but this is one of the most clever I’ve seen to date.
Crafted by The-Nooksters over on Reddit, the scene is set for a faux Pokemon battle within the confines of the New Horizons universe. Taking to the backroom of a home, two villagers managed to dress up like Red/Ash and Gary and use villagers to do their bidding: recreating an iconic first-gen starter battle (Squirtle versus Charmander).
Pokemon Battle but with Villagers [Reddit]
The Nooksters have also taken to a recreation of the opening moments of Pokemon with the following videos: