Animal Crossing’s Froggy Chair will return in New Horizons, exciting fans of the series

Publication date of the original Japanese article: 2021-10-16 11:04 (JST)
Translated by. Nick Mosier

The unexpected return of a certain piece of furniture in Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been garnering a lot of attention. On October 15, Nintendo broadcast a new Animal Crossing Direct, which outlined what to expect in the next free major update launching on November 5. The return of the Roost, an overhaul of Harvey’s island, and even cooking are coming in the giant update. Fans have been less than thrilled with the lack of new content as of late, but now they’re shouting with joy over what’s to come.

But among all the new content, it was one unexpected bit in the broadcast that had some fans going wild. The scene was explaining a nice little QoL update that will make navigating tight spaces indoors easier. It wasn’t the shuffling in between furniture that viewers were paying attention to, though. It was what’s in the background. Snuggled in the corner of the room was a green little chair. That’s right. The Froggy Chair has returned.

The Froggy Chair is a piece of furniture that appears in the Animal Crossing series and is one half of the Frog Set, along with the Lily-Pad Table. The back of the chair has eyes and a mouth, while the seat represents the frog’s stomach. In past titles, the chair was available for a modest 1440 bells, with it costing 1200 bells in the Japanese version, so despite being adorable, it wasn’t particularly hard to acquire.

However, between the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020, the Froggy Chair had taken the internet by storm. People wondered on social media if it would make its return in New Horizons, while fanart and mash-ups started spreading around the internet in droves. There was even a Twitter account dedicated to posting various characters sitting on a Froggy Chair. Froggy Chair mania was upon us (related article in Japanese).

While the impetus of Froggy Chair mania seems to have started with a meme combining the Froggy Chair and Avengers: Endgame, it’s hard to say just how it left such an impact. But the love for the chair and the bizarre energy that surrounded it seemed to gather it even more fans. Unfortunately, despite all of the buzz, Animal Crossing: New Horizons launched without the Froggy Chair. While other pieces of content in the game gained popularity, Froggy Chair gradually fell into the shadows.

That is, until we caught a glimpse of it in the latest Animal Crossing Direct. Its cute face, vivid colors, and round design were on display in their full HD glory. It made for a nice accent in the pastel colored room it was displayed in and viewer’s eyes were instantly drawn to it. On sites like Reddit and Twitter, Froggy Chair Fever is back again as fans show their excitement for the famous piece of furniture from years past.

How will players get their hands on the Froggy Chair in Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Will it still croak when players sit on it? The details are uncertain, but it definitely looks like the Froggy Chair is finally coming to the game and is poised to be a star among the new content. It will be interesting to see how content creators implement the Froggy Chair in their designs once it’s added to the game.

The next Animal Crossing: New Horizons update is scheduled to release on November 5, along with the Happy Home Paradise paid DLC.