Animal Crossing: New Horizons is getting a ton of new content next month, but the addition that has the most people talking isn’t the major DLC expansion, Gyroids, cooking, or even Brewster and the Roost. It’s the return of Froggy Chair.
Froggy Chair was the center of a late 2019 meme that took over the Animal Crossing fandom leading up to the release of New Horizons in March 2020. It started when Tumblr user garbuge posted a meme including Froggy Chair and its price of 1,440 bells, with the MCU’s Thanos underneath, saying, “A small price to pay for froggy chair.” The meme is a play on Thanos’ quote, “a small price to pay for salvation.”
Shortly after, the meme made another appearance on Reddit, when user Sebastian_Kackmann posted another Froggy Chair/Thanos crossover in the Animal Crossing subreddit.
When marketing for New Horizons picked up, so did the meme. Every Animal Crossing news release was flooded with frog emojis and Froggy Chair references. Twitter also took hold of the trend and didn’t let go.
pull up a chair the animal crossing direct is coming pic.twitter.com/AxxzyTdkyg
— TAHK0 ☕️ (@TAHK0) February 18, 2020
Then, after all the hype, the unthinkable happened: Froggy Chair wasn’t in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The chair had been a part of every mainline Animal Crossing until New Horizons, appearing the franchise’s entries on GameCube, DS, Wii, and 3DS.
Now, 19 months after the game’s release, Froggy Chair fans are rejoicing over the furniture’s inclusion in November’s New Horizons update. In today’s Animal Crossing-focused Nintendo Direct, the chair made a split-second appearance in the background of one of the homes.
The confirmation of Froggy Chair was enough to reignite the fandom that waited for this day to come. ACPocketNews on Twitter said, “FROGGY CHAIR??! THE DREAM IS ALIVE!!”
FROGGY CHAIR??! THE DREAM IS ALIVE!! pic.twitter.com/Qh15tBBx9Y
— ACPocketNews (@ACPocketNews) October 15, 2021
Froggy Chair is back in New Horizons
All is right in the world
— 👻 IntroSpooktive (@IntroSpecktive) October 15, 2021
On the YouTube version of the Direct, popular Nintendo streamer RogersBase posted, “FROGGY CHAIR HAS RETURNED!!!!!” in a comment that already has 4 thousand likes. Another commenter, sammypigz, appreciated how Nintendo chose to show off the chair’s return, saying “Nintendo knew what they were doing by putting froggychair in the background for a few seconds.”
Froggy chair is back pic.twitter.com/fQ1ZWR6Fne
— KirbBound (@KirbyEarthbound) October 15, 2021
— Chelsea.Jayne (@civil_panda) October 15, 2021
Finally, thanks to New Horizon’s furniture customization options, Froggy Chair can be multiple colors besides green, which is also getting fans out of their (Froggy) seats.
FROGGY CHAIR IS BACK AND IN MULTIPLE COLORS pic.twitter.com/3YZEoJqxz7
— Salem Moon (@spookyvillager) October 15, 2021
While it’s certainly one of the fandom’s favorite additions, Froggy Chair is far from the only thing coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons next month. To see what else is coming to your island paradise, check out everything from today’s Animal Crossing direct. It’s also a good thing Froggy Chair made it into this update, because Animal Crossing: New Horizons support will wind down after next month’s major updates.
Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN who had a basement full of Gyroids in the original Animal Crossing. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.