Fan Recreated Moody Castle Town in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

November 11, 2021

The Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.0 update introduced thousands of new building items, leading one fan to recreate Breath of the Wild’s iconic Castle Town.

Looking for the perfect island aesthetic now that the Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.0 update introduced some new items? Why not turn to other Nintendo games for inspiration!

Now inspired by the castle aesthetic, one AC:NH fan turned to The Legend of Zelda‘s Castle Town for their island.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons | Ver. 2.0 Free Update

Animal Crossing: New Horizons | Ver. 2.0 Free Update


Here, AC:NH player Naydinfar recreated Castle Town’s gorgeous bannered entrance using both new items and customized designs. Complete with ramparts, cannons, and the gorgeous statue in the center of town, their island looks every bit the imposing Hyrulean castle.

Of course, a lot of this island design was made possible by the new Castle Set furniture items. These items were initially introduced in the 2.0 update in early November. With the grey stonework, the Castle Wall, Castle Gate, and Castle Tower really do make a near-perfect match for Castle Town.

Overall, too, the build was fairly expensive. The Castle Wall costs 56,000 bells, the Castle Gate 160,000 bells, and the Castle Tower a whopping 250,000 bells. Additionally, the time to place all the items and design custom Castle Town banners make Naydinfar’s island an impressive work of art.

Deeper into the island, the game’s marketplace comes to life with Nook Miles Fountains, a Valiant Statue, and cute greenery. Further, the surrounding villager homes even resemble the cottage-like stores in the LoZ games. Even though it’s a much cuter version, Naydinfar has really nailed the Castle Town design.

Aside from the impressive planning and building, Naydinfar is also clearly an accomplished designer. Many of the path tiles and the armor design were created by Naydinfar for this Castle Town build. And, I must say, it’s highly effective – the armor mannequins really do make it seem like the island is alive with guards.

All in all, you can check out their Instagram here to see more of their Legend of Zelda-inspired island! After all, you might also find some of your other favorite areas, like Kakariko Village or the Lost Woods.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is available to play on Switch.

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Natalie (She/Her) is a writer and game design enthusiast hailing from way-too-sunny Los Angeles. She loves to dissect game narrative and analyze mechanics, but she doesn’t even want to think about how many hours she’s spent playing D&D or The Witcher 3. Aside from triple-A adventures, she’s passionate about RPGs of all kinds and meaningful representation in games

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