Animal Crossing: New Horizons has a reference to Splatoon – heres how to find it

If you go fishing long enough in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (opens in new tab), you’ll eventually reel in a reference to another popular Nintendo franchise: Splatoon.

As Splatoon News pointed out on Twitter (opens in new tab), catching a squid in Animal Crossing: New Horizons prompts your character to say, “I caught a squid! It’s off the hook!” This is a reference to the pop idol duo ‘Off the Hook’ you can catch jamming out in Splatoon 2’s Inkopolis Square.

(Image credit: Nintendo/Splatoon News)

For my money, there’s no better activity to epitomize the Animal Crossing experience than fishing. The act itself is meditative – picking the right spot to drop your lure, waiting for the enchanting silhouette of a fish, and finally seizing the small window of opportunity after your controller rumbles along to the victorious plop sound of a successful bite. But there’s also a sense of subtle progression, whether you’re looking for a specific fish to display in the aquarium, keep as a pet, or sell to Tom Nook for a bundle of bells.

If you’re teeming with excitement to escape from reality and chill out on your deserted island getaway, you’d best be sure you receive your copy on time. A new policy at Amazon is causing some Animal Crossing: New Horizons pre-orders to be delayed (opens in new tab). If you pre-ordered the game through Amazon, definitely check your order to see if the shipping timeline has been changed.

For a live account of every fish we’ve been able to catch, and where to find them, check out our Animal Crossing: New Horizons fish guide (opens in new tab).

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