Last night's New Year's Eve celebrations were a little different than usual. Around the world, parties were cancelled and families called each other on Zoom while remaining socially distant due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Even Times Square was nearly deserted as the ball dropped to at last signify the end of 2020.

There's no doubt that Animal Crossing: New Horizons was a game the world needed during the era of quarantines and stay-at-home orders. Players around the world celebrated the beginning of 2021 together with their favorite island residents in a variety of ways.

Villagers gathered together in the town square to celebrate their very own countdown, without the usual New York City crowds:

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Clad in adorable traditional Japanese garb, the residents of the island shared their New Years' resolutions via the official Nintendo Twitter account. Wishing them the best of luck in catching more fish, making new friends, winning big on the Stalk Market and more in 2021!

Some Animal Crossing islanders took the end of the year harder than others. Fans on Twitter were surprised when Isabelle described 2020 as a meaningful year to her, when it's been so difficult for everyone.

New Horizons players, don't forget to talk to Tom Nook and Isabelle in order to receive some special New Year's gifts. In addition, keep crafting and displaying those adorable customizable holiday items and furniture as the winter season continues on the island.

2021 promises to be another big year for Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Some seasonal events and themes will repeat, but there will also be plenty of new things coming to the island as well. In particular, March 2021 will feature the addition of Super Mario themed furniture and clothing items to the game as part of the series' 35th anniversary celebration.

GameLuster thanks Animal Crossing: New Horizons for being there for so many gamers in 2020 and wishes every villager and player a happy 2021!