The Super Mario 35th anniversary items are live in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and while many of the additions are swell, one item is a total game changer. The iconic green warp pipes allow fans to travel instantly between locations, and clever fans are already finding novel ways to push that functionality even further.
There are limits, of course. You can’t, for instance, put a pipe directly in the home of a favored villager — it’ll just pop you out in the same place. And you can’t reach the “fourth level” height with a warp pipe, either. But even within those confines, there’s plenty you can do.
Perhaps the most brilliant usage of the warp pipe that I’ve heard about so far comes from game developer Andrew Goldfarb, who says he has one installed inside his house. The second warp pipe, meanwhile, gets carried around in his inventory at all times, so no matter where he is, he can simply teleport back to home base. Nice! Similarly, many users tell Polygon that they’re using the pipes as a beeline to hotspots, like the museum, or out-of-the-way places like Redd’s beach. Apparently, you can also use the pipes to escape attackers like bees.
The most popular way Animal Crossing fans use pipes is as shortcuts to secret places that are sometimes only reachable by warp, or only known by the player who placed it.
idea for the mario items; make a secret area where the only way to get to it is through a secret pipe! #AnimalCrossing #ACNH #NintendoSwitch pic.twitter.com/3WZEnbz3Fu— mo0n (he/him) (@kidraihan007) March 1, 2021
Put a hidden warp pipe in my backyard that leads to my NewLeaf Town Tree. What will you do with yours? #AnimalCrossing #ACNH #NintendoSwitch pic.twitter.com/wWQ5UAOO9C— Chrisnewleaf (@Chrisnewleaf1) March 1, 2021
Warp pipes can take you anywhere from home to:— Ella (@no_ellawillett) March 2, 2021
& many more#EllanolAC #AnimalCrossing #ACNH pic.twitter.com/unfVrxU6rW
But you can also use warp pipes to fit a certain aesthetic or theme, as you’ll see below.
I made a functional train station in animal crossing with warp pipes :0 #acnh pic.twitter.com/W2dGVoBjFq— Shazleen Khan (@neonlanterns) February 28, 2021
Mario warp pipes, but make it spooky. ✨ (and yes, the pipes do function like this) #ACNH #ACNHDesign pic.twitter.com/Dj9vezONGD— Victreeon ✨ (@Victreeon) February 25, 2021
Hiding the Warp Pipe in the new #acnh Mario update. My Travel gate Design MA: 7554-3180-0574 #ACNHDesign #AnimalCrossingNewHorizons #BOTW #botwcosplay pic.twitter.com/beddsEhPW9— NaydinfarCrossing (@naydinfar) February 28, 2021
LOOK AT THIS SUBWAY STATION USING THE NEW WARP PIPES OMG— SteeloAndKri (@SteeloAndKri) March 2, 2021
via Reddit u/Chikachuuu #acnh pic.twitter.com/LHKJo0xj90
So I've had a custom designed area prepped for the #AnimalCrossingNewHorizons Mario crossover forever and today I got my first batch of items!— Melanie Clark (@HerNameIsMelula) March 2, 2021
Still lots to add but I'm happy with how it's shaping up.
The warp pipes are AWESOME! The other one is outside my house! pic.twitter.com/efknyV514B