On my first weekend playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons, I had great plans to repay my initial mortgage and plant a sturdy orchard – but I didn't expect my proudest feat to be picking over 6,250 weeds. I was driven to accomplish this Herculean achievement because I was rewarded with Nook Miles, a new currency in the series that I am obsessed with.
In New Horizons, you earn Nook Miles when you do almost everything on your island, e.g. B. travel to other islands, talk to villagers, pick weeds or fish. For example, if you catch 100 fish, you'll get a stamp on your fishing card, a few hundred nook miles, and a new fishing target to shoot at.
New Horizons also features Nook Miles Plus, a rotating set of five mini-tasks like catching five bugs or talking to three villagers. So if I don't want to take on a big challenge, e.g. For example, to repay my huge mortgage or try to catch a rare fish, I can talk to a few people on my island for a few minutes to earn miles instead.
Nook Miles can be converted into great in-game rewards, e.g. B. in an expanded inventory or in a way to quickly select tools. I am also much more willing to spend Nook Miles as they cannot be used for bell based goals like my house mortgage.
Nook Miles seems like a micro-progression system you've come across in mobile or free games like Fortnite – and that's what Aya Kyogoku, director of New Horizons, intends to do. Nook Miles was partly developed to make it easier for players from the smartphone spinoff Pocket Camp to get started with the new game. "We realized that many fans who played Pocket Camp Animal Crossing for the first time may have difficulty jumping into titles like New Horizons," Kyogoku told The Verge.
But even if Nook Miles gives a series a structure that is sometimes better known for giving you a blank canvas so you can have your own fun, I like how it offers tiny goals that I can tackle at any time.
The system really comes together when you use Nook Miles to buy Nook Miles tickets that allow you to travel to a special island that you can only visit once. This island is usually filled with fish, beetles, fruits, and other resources that you can collect or otherwise use to improve your island. All the time I travel, collect resources and bring things back, I collect more Nook Miles that I can use for my next ticket or one of the many other rewards offered.
There are dozens of Nook Miles stamp cards, so I guess I will still have goals even after I have repaid each home mortgage and decorated my island so that it looks exactly the way I want it to work through. I am very much looking forward to tackling them – although I am glad that I have already pulled every weed that I need for the "Greedy Weeder" stamp card.