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Hackers Put Animal Crossing: New Horizons Fans’ Islands Under Threat With This Dangerous Act

Published 08/03/2022, 11:50 AM EDT

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Hacking has been one of the biggest threats in the digital world. The video game community faces a lot of hacking cases. This threat looms over the fan-favorite Nintendo Switch game Animal Crossing: New Horizons as well. Further, the victims are also getting banned from developers.

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Animal Crossing has always been a fan-favorite social simulation game. The New Horizons is the latest addition to the Animal Crossing series, which came out in 2020 for Nintendo Switch. The game allows players to redesign their island to suit their style and explore their creativity.


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It is always a pleasure to see how players explore their creativity in the game. There are an infinite number of mind-blowing Animal Crossing: New Horizons islands. Many players spent thousands of hours developing them and would love to share them. So, the game has a feature to invite others to their islands. But some started to misuse this feature.

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Nintendo has been extremely strict about its policies. It immediately bans an island if any player violates the guidelines. Recently, Nintendo banned players’ islands for Dream Address and island duplication. But most banned islands belonged to the victims of duplication.

New Horizons came up with a 12-digit code by which other players can visit one’s island. This was meant so that players could share their creations with others. However, some hackers use this to copy others’ islands and Dream Addresses. Moreover, the ones with spoofed Dream Addresses claim to be the original. As a result of which, the real island gets banned.


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Moreover, hackers are filling their pockets, duplicating these beautiful creations, and selling them. Some even claim that a hacker can easily make up to $50 for copying an island. So players should be cautious with their Dream Addresses. It’s advisable not to share it with everyone or strangers. If the players already did, then don’t update the addresses.

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These unique islands are equivalent to creating a masterpiece of art. So, someone duplicating them is equal to stealing their masterpieces. Animal Crossing players need to be alert to this threat cause it can also lead to a ban.

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Written by:

Ripan Majumdar


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Ripan Majumdar is an esports and F1 writer at Essentially Sports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Science from West Bengal State University, Kolkata. Ripan is a massive Red Bull Racing and Sergio Perez fan.
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