2 Annoying Things That Could Be Better in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

We keep running into these two really annoying things that we hope will be addressed in a future update.

The gang, horrified by the prospect of another night glued to the crafting bench.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons could not have come at a better time. COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on the world, but we are locked indoors and escaping it all by colonizing virtual island getaways. It’s a nice escape, and we have loads of time to dedicate to it. All of this time has given a lot to enjoy, but we keep running into these two really annoying things that we hope will be addressed in a future update.

1. You Can’t Craft More Than One Item at a Time.

They could easily add another button here to increase the yield.

One of my favorite additions to New Horizons is the crafting system. There’s a lot to love here. They are very generous with the DIY recipes they give you from the start, while at the same time keeping just enough at bay to make collecting new recipes fun and exciting (did you know that seasonal recipes were a thing?). They also pack a ton of information into the UI, like how much of each crafted item you have in your pockets or in your storage.

But there is one aspect of this system that is glaringly absent, and it drives me and the people I’ve been playing with up a peach tree: you can’t craft more than one item at a time.

Fishing has been my favorite hobby of choice (this week), but finding the fish you really want is difficult without a lot of fish bait. Bait is hardly a difficult to craft, but what makes it an absolute pain of a chore is that you can only craft a single fish bait at a time. The game tries to make this experience less tedious by speeding up the crafting time when you repeatedly mash the A button, but I’m here to tell you that that just flat-out isn’t enough.

Meanwhile, I recently learned that when you craft fences, they craft ten at a time. Why make things this complicated? Why not just add in a way for us to craft as many fish bait or shovels as we want?

2. Storage Resources Are Ignored By Crafting Benches

Me, ignoring all the haters, just like the bench ignores my storage.

I’m a hoarder. Not at the same level as the infamous COVID-19 Toilet Paper Hoarders, but I keep a lot of extra crafting resources like wood and rocks in my home’s storage at all times. It helps keep my inventory free for fish and other money-making items so that I’m not constantly being weighed down. Besides, whenever I get a new DIY recipe for my town or house, it completely removes the need to go out and hunt down the required items.

But there is one aspect of storing things this way that constantly grinds my gears: crafting benches can’t access your home’s storage.

I have almost 100 wood in my home’s storage, but even though I have a crafting bench set up inside my house I still have to move those items from storage into my inventory if I want to use them for crafting. This makes no sense, especially given the fact that the game already has the ability to report whether or not a certain crafted item is currently in your inventory or your home’s storage. Why not just let the crafting benches access our home storage so that we don’t have to go through the extra step of removing things, only to put them back when we’re done? I wouldn’t even mind if they limited this to only crafting benches that are inside your house.

What have you been loving about Animal Crossing: New Horizons? What do you think could be better? Let us know in the comments!

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