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Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ next update adds garden shop, art seller, and more seasonal events

Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ next update adds garden shop, art seller, and more seasonal events


Coming for free on April 23rd

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This week, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is getting a big update that adds a number of welcome features, including two new businesses and a slate of upcoming seasonal events. The most notable additions are the return of two familiar characters from past games: Leif and Redd. After the update goes live, both characters will regularly show up on players’ island, hocking their wares.

For Leif, that means a traveling garden shop where he sells things like flower seeds and shrubs. Redd, meanwhile, will continue his tradition of selling art that may or may not be authentic. Here’s how Nintendo explains it:

After downloading the free update, Jolly Redd will occasionally show up in his boat to sell in-game art, as well as furniture with unique colors. Like in previous Animal Crossing games, players will have to figure out which art pieces are real and which are fake. After purchasing genuine art, players can donate it to the island museum to open an art gallery, which will display all types of donated pieces, from paintings to sculptures.

Aside from the new characters, Nintendo has also outlined the next seasonal events that will happen in-game, following the controversial, egg-filled Bunny Day in early April. Here’s the line-up:

  • Nature Day (April 23rd–May 4th): 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 (May 1st–7th): 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 (May 18th–31st): 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 (June 1st–30th): 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 their gratitude.

Animal Crossing has always been a game meant to be played for an extended period, and these kinds of free content updates should go a long way toward making that true of New Horizons as well. Players can download the update starting on April 23rd.

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