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Animal Crossing’s irascible Mr. Resetti is looking for a new gig

Nintendo Switch’s autosave function makes Resetti’s watchful eye, long-winded lectures redundant

Resetti, in Animal Crossing: The Movie (2006)
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Resetti, the ornery rodent member of the order Eulipotyphla* whose increasingly exercised complaints accompanied millions of game resets without saving in Animal Crossing, has lost his job. The lead developer for Animal Crossing: New Horizons confirmed the workforce redundancy in a statement to Mashable yesterday.

This is because in New Horizons is making its debut on the Nintendo Switch in 2020, and with it gains the console’s autosave function. “Unfortunately, because there’s no necessity to reset the game or reset button on the Switch, Mr. Resetti had a hard time,” Aya Kyogoku told Mashable. “He was laid off from his position.” Damn!

Fear not for Resetti’s job security, however, Kyogoku said developers would find another gig for him somewhere in town.

Sonny Resetti’s tenure goes back to the very first Animal Crossing, which launched in the west with the GameCube in 2002. He’s appeared in every main Animal Crossing game since. Resetti’s job, such that he had one, was to scold players who reset without saving, because doing so was a way to cheat the game’s real-time conditions.

Sometimes, though, the game reset for a legitimate reason — and it was Resetti’s job to root that out with remonstrations to always save, or to be sure the batteries are charged. But if a player answered that they reset simply because they wanted to, Resetti would launch into longer and longer diatribes, especially if one expressed a dislike of his species.

Willfully reset enough times, and Resetti would even pretend to delete a save file, or imply his mobbed-up relation, Vinny, would do harm to the player. Resetti’s unheeded tirades (in all caps) could go on seemingly forever.

Resetti’s antisocial behavior was so extreme that he merited a note to parents in the instruction manual for Animal Crossing: City Folk, advising them that young children might find his tone of voice disturbing.

In some games, most recently 2014’s Animal Crossing New Leaf, a Reset Surveillance Center could be built, sending Resetti up to The Roost café for a cup of brown. This made his appearance somewhat optional (though building and visiting the Surveillance Center was a way to get pictures of both him and his brother, the more sedate Don Resetti).

Animal Crossing: New Horizons was announced in Nintendo’s E3 Direct stream on Tuesday. The game will launch March 20, 2020 for Nintendo Switch.

* An earlier version of this story incorrectly referred to Resetti’s species. It has been revised throughout.

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