Animal Crossing: New Horizons Theme Song Played By Its Composers

Nintendo has brought the talented team of musicians behind Animal Crossing: New Horizons' music back together for a beautiful acoustic performance.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Theme Song Played By Its Composers

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has a stellar soundtrack, but fans' universal love for the main theme song, Welcome Horizons, has prompted the game's composers to get together to play it together one more time. Players who can't help but beam when the cheerful tune plays over the title screen will be impressed to know that it sounds just as joyful and calming when played live as it does in-game.

Of course, the stylish and impossibly cute tropical life simulator's soundtrack includes far more than New Horizons and the 96 K.K. Slider songs that players can collect and listen to. However, part of Welcome Horizons' particular appeal to players beyond its jubilant simplicity can certainly be attributed to it being used for months to hype up Animal Crossing: New Horizons long-awaited March 2020 release, so it's little surprise that it overshadows even fan favorites like K.K. Bubblegum and the hourly songs (as well as their rainy day variants) that cycle throughout the day in real-time. For everywhere and everything players go and do in the game, there's always more music than they previously knew, and every bit of it's all thanks to Nintendo's world-class musical talent.

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Always more prone to recognizing the important role of music in its most iconic games than other large developers, Nintendo put out a video today that will melt the heart of any music lover, as well as those for whom Animal Crossing: New Horizons has played a large part of their lives over the last two troubling months. Proudly announcing, "The musicians behind the main theme of Animal Crossing: New Horizons have come together virtually for this special performance," Nintendo shared the below musical collaboration between flugelhornist Eric Miyashiro, guitarist and ukulele player Tetsuro Toyama, percussionist MATARO, double bassist Takashi Ebinuma, and accordionist Saburo Tanooka (as edited and mixed by Noboyuki Aoyagi). It's almost uncanny to see Welcome Horizons performed by real musicians, but listening to their harmonic chemistry as they combine their remote art to create something greater makes the song even more heartwarming.

Seeing and hearing these talented Nintendo musicians play a song that brings such widespread joy with nothing besides their individual instruments and recordings of one another is sure to give players a deeper sense of appreciation for Welcome Horizons the next time it plays on their in-game jukeboxes. The Animal Crossing: New Horizons community spends a lot of time praising one another and the nebulous corporate identity that is Nintendo for creative achievements, but it's easy to forget the immense contributions of people like the above artists to players' moment-to-moment experiences in-game.

With world-class developers, musicians, and the interactive musical genius of Nintendo composer Kazumi Totaka, it's no wonder that Animal Crossing: New Horizons continues to " of continued success nearly eight weeks after launch.

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Rise of Skywalker’s Babu Frik Early Designs Are Adorable & Horrific

Concept artist, Luke Fisher has given fans a look at some early designs of Babu Frik for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker .

Rise of Skywalker’s Babu Frik Early Designs Are Adorable & Horrific

Concept artist, Luke Fisher has given fans a look at some early designs of Babu Frik for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (that are both adorable and horrific). In its attempt to conclude over forty years of storytelling, the final film in the Skywalker Saga has proven to polarizing, receiving mixed reviews from fans and critics alike. However, there is one thing about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker that everyone seems to love: Babu Frik.

Our heroes meet the adorable droidsmith, Babu Frik, early on in the film. After discovering Sith inscriptions on a dagger that reveal the coordinates to a Wayfinder, Poe, Rey, Finn, C3PO, and R2-D2 all travel to Kijim. The group needs to translate the inscriptions on the dagger, and C-3PO’s programming restricts the translation of Sith. Babu Frik bypasses this portion of C-3PO’s code (which also whips his memory), allowing Rey to find the Wayfinder and, eventually, Exegol, where Emperor Palpatine resides.

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Babu Frik became a fan-favorite almost instantly. Despite having only a few lines of dialogue throughout the entire film, the character charmed audiences with his childlike appearance, voice, and comedic timing. Luke Fisher, a concept artist who worked with Lucasfilm on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, recently posted pictures of Babu Frik to Instagram. Some of the early designs strive towards adorable, like the one used in the final film, others, not so much.

This isn’t the first time we’ve gotten a glimpse at concept art for the character. , we saw a wide variety of cute and creepy designs. The Babu Frik we ended up seeing in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker appears to be a well-thought-out hybrid of all those images, retaining a miniature stature, big hands, and large eyes. Thankfully, the artists steered clear of Babu Frik’s horrific and insect-centric predecessors. Babu Frik is easily the least threatening thing in a film jam-packed with plot holes, retcons, and new characters.

In the same way that fans embrace characters like Baby Yoda, BB-8, Ewoks, and Porgs, they have welcomed Babu Frik. The droidsmith is a gentle reminder of the innocence and joy that permeates a galaxy far, far away. Fitting so well within the universe, many have imagined backstories as well as future appearances for the character. The last we saw of him in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, he and Zorii Bliss were celebrating with the Resistance after The Battle Of Exegol. That said, there’s no reason we won’t see more of Babu Frik or his species in any of the upcoming Star Wars movies or TV shows.

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