This is the first Animal Crossing game that allows players to terraform the town's landscape.
Contributed By: discoinferno84.
The Dodo Airlines employees, Wilbur and Orville, are a reference to the Wright Brothers, pioneers of flight who had the same first names.
Contributed By: HyperIria.
This is the first game in the Animal Crossing series to contain crafting and durability for tools.
Contributed By: 326jordan.
Wilbur, the dodo pilot who flies you to other islands, occasionally spells out words in the NATO phonetic alphabet. Notably, when he spells "NOW," he says "November Oscar Whisker." In real life, the NATO phonetic word for the letter W is "Whiskey." This change makes sense on two levels. First, it's a clever workaround to avoid a reference to alcohol in an all-ages game. Second...well, it's an animal pun, of course.
Orville and Wilbur, the dodo operators of the island's airport, are the first NPCs in the Animal Crossing series that belong to an extinct species. In real life, the last widely-accepted sighting of a live dodo was in the year 1662, less than a century after their discovery by Europeans.
Connection to Other Media
Gulliver will make references to other Nintendo games while sleeping. talking To him will give you references to series such as Legend of Zelda and Earthbound.
The villager Kiki is a villager who is a black cat. She might be a Reference to the studio Ghibli film "Kiki's Delivery service" which also has a black cat.
After catching a squid, the game will sometimes tell you "It's Off the Hook". This is likely a reference to the news update program in Splatoon 2.
Contributed By: moonwatcher99.
When using the Rescue Services App, you can hear some familiar music. If you listen closely, it's Resetti from the Reset Surveillance Center in the previous entries to the series.
It's interesting to note that you can see Resetti's model by using his amiibo for Harvey's photo island, which can also prove that some other characters may have their models in the game's code, and they may even be added into the game at some point.
Contributed By: ImnotOasisGamer.
Gulliver may mention that he once washed up in Coralcola. This is a reference to the first village in StarTropics (1990).
Contributed By: Shotgunnova.
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