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Animal Crossing: New Horizons update adds a whole bunch of stuff

The big Animal Crossing: New Horizons update goes live today. Here’s what it adds.

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The big Animal Crossing: New Horizons update goes live today. Here’s what it adds.

Hopefully, this update, which adds a raft of seasonal content, is better received than Bunny Day. Things are looking up this time as Nintendo is eschewing eggs in favour of art and nature.

The update, which goes live on April 23, will introduce new permanent additions as well as seasonal content for late spring and early summer.

One new addition is the presence of a sloth character called Leif. Like Sahara, Daisy Mae, Flick and C.J., Leif will visit the island periodically. When he visits, he’ll bring an assortment of plants and seeds which you can buy to beautify your island.

Redd will also be visiting your island, though Nintendo describes his visits as occurring on an “occasional” basis. This vendor fox will sell works of art, which you can then keep and display or donate to the new art wing in Blathers’ museum. Though players will need to be wary to sift the genuine article from the counterfeit chaff.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons seasonal updates

Much of the rest of the spring and early summer will be divided into seasons. Per a press release from Nintendo:

Nature Day (23rd April 23 – 4th May) – During the Nature Day period, special Nook Miles challenges will be available that focus on nature-inspired goals, such as planting trees and watering flowers.

May Day Tour (1st – 7th May) – In the first week of May, players can use a one-time May Day Ticket at the island airport to head out on a limited-time tour to an island that looks different than the usual mystery island tours. A special visitor who looks familiar might also be there…

International Museum Day (18th – 31st May) – To celebrate International Museum Day, players can take part in a Stamp Rally. After receiving a special stamp card, players can enjoy viewing fish, insects and fossils while collecting stamps at the various museum exhibits to earn an in-game reward.

Wedding Season (1st – 30th June) – During a nuptial-themed June, players can visit Harvey’s island to meet the married couple Reese and Cyrus, as well as help arrange and take anniversary photos with them in the wedding-picture studio. Players will get wedding-themed items as a token of the couple’s gratitude.

I’ll be fiddling with my newly unlocked terraforming tools for the foreseeable future. But, it’s nice to know Nintendo intends to support this massive hit for a long time.


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Andrew King is a journalist, critic, poet, stand-up comedian and museum caretaker living in Illinois.