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Genius creates Lego machine that ‘plays’ Animal Crossing

Set it and forget it

A fisherman gets an idea in Animal Crossing: New Horizons Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has an A button problem. You have to hit the thing way, way too much — and not just in service of advancing the game’s dialogue. Rather than risk a repetitive stress injury, one enterprising amateur engineer created a machine to do the work for them. The result is a Lego creation for the ages.

Reddit user Ra7vaNn05 posted a look at the brick-built contraption, which they use exclusively to craft fish bait. The design is pretty straightforward, featuring a harness to lock the Switch in place and a single-piston to pound the A button. There’s also a toggle for the on and off switch.

Rare fish become easier to catch once you’ve chummed the waters, and bait can be created using clams dug up along the sea shore. But actually making all that bait is tedious at best. Ra7vaNn05 said they put their machine to work in order to catch the elusive Mahi-mahi fish, one of the more sought after animals in Animal Crossing’s Critterpedia. Shortly after posting their creation they reeled in the catch.

No word yet on if they’ve put the machine to use in other menial tasks, but I can see this being quite useful for crafting hot items for Timmy and Tommy. Although, with the turnip economy being so lucrative right now, there’s little incentive to invest time or bells into anything else.

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