Totally True (Read: Absolutely Fake) The Microsoft PC Store now has the Animal Crossing: New Horizons game

Totally True (Read: Absolutely Fake) The Microsoft PC Store now has the Animal Crossing: New Horizons game

Surfaced by Nintendeal on Twitter, the Microsoft Store New Horizons game is going for just $3 right now, but we cannot recommend highly enough that you do not purchase it. First, it’s almost certainly a copyright infringement on Nintendo’s property; second, if the screenshots are anything to be believed, the gameplay doesn’t resemble Animal Crossing in the slightest. If anything, it looks like a clone of the 2014 hit mobile game Crossy Road. The description of the game, to the developers’ credit, at least, does accurately describe it rather than just lifting copy from an Animal Crossing advertisement.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is among the biggest Nintendo Switch games eveer, but as with any exclusive, there are people out there who try and take advantage of folks who don’t necessarily know about the exclusivity. A fake New Horizons title is currently being sold on the Microsoft PC storefront, and it’s not even trying to be a clone–it’s just a straight-up rip-off.

A search on the Microsoft Store shows that this isn’t the first time that this studio has attempted to steal imagery from other games in its marketing. There’s also a title called Craft Imposter Among that–you guessed it–uses knock-off Among Us-esque art. It, too, isn’t anything like Among Us.

Instances like this aren’t anything new; rip-off and cloned games have been a problem for digital storefront owners for years. Microsoft itself has had to crack down on fake games in the past, like a rip-off Pokemon game. However, these sorts of issues have generally been more common on mobile platforms.

Nintendo’s Switch console has since 2017 established itself as an amazing hybrid home and handheld console, but at long last it can serve an equally important secondary function: tallying up numbers with a calculator app. Simply titled “Calculator”, the app launched this week on the Nintendo Switch eShop, and is priced at $10.

“A scientific calculator with a clear easy-to-read multi-line display, which should help with those not-so-easy-to-do maths problems,” Calculator’s eShop description reads of the app which also includes several scientific functions. “Calculator has an appealing modern and practical design, sure to be popular with all students and engineers.”

It’s not an official Nintendo app, but Calculator will likely have some people interested in purchasing it, so that they can solve a few maths problems between rounds of New Pokemon Snap. The app itself bears some resemblance to Apple’s calculator app for iPhone, which is free provided that you’ve spent a few hundred dollars on acquiring that phone. If you had the Calculator app, you’d see that the maths checks out here on which is the better deal overall.

As an added bonus, you can scoff at the memory of your maths teacher telling you that you won’t carry a calculator with you everywhere you go. In more official Nintendo news, the Japanese company has had a terrific year so far. For its financial year ending on March 31, 2021, Nintendo said that almost 85 million Switch consoles had been sold as the console reached the midway point of its lifecycle, and Nintendo’s first-party games continue to sell incredibly well.

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