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StarTropics reference found in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

StarTropics reference found in Animal Crossing: New Horizons Coralcola

A reference to StarTropics has been found in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. One of the animal islanders in the game, Gulliver, mentions somewhere called Coralcola, where he says he washed up in the past. Coralcola is actually the first location that players visit in StarTropics. While it’s not a reference that every player is going to understand, it’s a really nice Easter egg for those who played the game back when it launched.

StarTropics released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1990. It was developed by Genyo Takeda, who also worked on the Punch-Out!! series, yet it curiously only released in Europe and North America. StarTropics was later released to both the Wii and Wii U Virtual Console. It was even included in the small selection of games installed on the NES Classic Edition, as well as eventually making its way to the Switch.

In the game, players take on the role of Mike Jones as they travel to meet his uncle, Dr. Steven Jones. Dr. Jones’ home is on the tropical island of Coralcola, which is where it’s discovered that he is missing from. The game gained some notoriety for the letter that was packaged with it in 1990. This letter contained a hidden code, 747, which was required in order to progress at a certain point in the story. The letter wasn’t included in the virtual console versions of the game, but a digital manual, which provided a version of the letter, indicated that it could be submerged. While this helped fans in most versions, the Switch version has no such digital manual, meaning that there is no way of finishing the puzzle without outside help.

We can’t wait to see what other references have been sneakily added to Animal Crossing: New Horizons as they’re uncovered over the coming weeks.


Jamie Sharp
Started out playing Metroid 2 on the GameBoy at around 5 years-old, and now I write about games all day long. Can't play Switch and drive, I've tried. As time goes on the Switch is quickly becoming my favourite console of all time.

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