Tom Nook, Animal Crossing New Horizons

Animal Crossing New Horizons Team Defends Tom Nook

When it comes to the Animal Crossing series, there’s no doubt that it’s mean to be a relaxing adventure as you go and expand your home, your town, or in the case of Animal Crossing New Horizons, your island. But, if there is one major stress, it’s the fact that you have a major debt to pay back to a being known…as Tom Nook.

Nook is one of the most persistent characters in the game, and this has led to fans having a rather love/hate relationship with Tom Nook. Some love him and the “entrepreneurial” spirit that he has. While others blast him (and his family) for making them take out such large debts.

So what is the truth here? Well, the team behind the newest game have a very interesting take on Tom Nook in general. 

New Horizons producer Hisashi Nogami mentioned to The Verge that:

“Tom Nook is a very caring, really great guy.” Since he’s an adult, “he’s very careful with money.”

Nogami added that Tom Nook helps keep players engaged. The loans players have lead to the game’s various activities like fishing, catching bugs, and more.

“It’s one of the biggest motivations that users have to continue playing Animal Crossing, and Tom Nook is the man behind that motivation,” Nogami said.

Animal Crossing New Horizons director Aya Kyogoku also said of Tom Nook:

“Even if we borrow money from him and it takes time to pay him back, he never gets angry, he never gets mad. So if we could all try to be a little more responsible and pay him back, it might make him a little happier.”

An interesting take indeed, but then again, they’re not exactly the ones having to deal with Tom Nook in certain ways. Where do you fall on this issue? Is Tom Nook an evil businessman? Or just an adult who’s careful with money? Let me know in the comments below!