Animal Crossing: New Horizons adds a delightful Wario Easter egg

A marooned Captain Gullivarrr references a "double-crossin'" pirate.

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Gullivarrr isn't happy with his shipmates, but mentions a classic Wario villain in expressing his fondness for you.

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If you've played Animal Crossing: New Horizons since the Nintendo Switch game's swimming update earlier this month, you may have run into a familiar-looking seagull washed up on the shore. Captain Gullivarrr looks a whole lot like Gulliver in a pirate outfit, with fresh dialogue to match.


Captain Syrup is referenced in Animal Crossing: New Horizon.


After you've helped him get his lost communicator to contact his shipmates (get ready to swim), he'll tell you that you're "even sweeter than the famous Captain Syrup -- but without her double-crossin', I hope!"

Read more: Animal Crossing Pirate Gulliver Guide

Captain Syrup is an enemy of Mario archrival Wario, and was the final boss in 1994's Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land on Game Boy. This dastardly pirate went on to appear in Wario Land 2 and Wario Land: Shake It!

Helping Gullivarrr out is pretty easy and will net you some pretty cool pirate gear as rewards, so it's worth taking the time to wake him up and help him out.