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Joe Biden sets up his own Animal Crossing island for the presidential campaign

Welcome to... Biden Island?

A group of eight residents gathered around a picnic table in Animal Crossing: New Horizons Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo
Cass Marshall is a news writer focusing on gaming and culture coverage, taking a particular interest in the human stories of the wild world of online games.

The American election for President is well underway, and Democratic nominee Joe Biden has an unusual tactic: He’ll be premiering an Animal Crossing: New Horizons save file, called the Biden Island, on Friday for the Kinda Funny Games Twitch channel.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been a hit since its release in March 2020, especially since it coincided with lockdown measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Selena Gomez held a concert in New Horizons, celebrities appeared on the Animal Crossing talk show circuit, and the game became a chill daily routine that anchored millions of players from around the world.

It’s not entirely clear what the Biden Island consists of, exactly. Did Joe Biden himself carefully craft this island with the terraforming tools, or did a young millennial on his campaign take the reins? What villagers did he recruit? Is Biden more Raymond or Pietro? Does Biden Island have a fully upgraded Nook Store and museum?

While this is obviously a silly, light-hearted moment in the campaign, it’s incredibly important for Americans to vote this fall. We’ve prepared guides for the process, including for those who will be mailing in their vote.