New Animal Crossing: New Horizon Update To Launch In Time For Holiday Seasons

With both Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, Nintendo is going to be giving players of Animal Crossing: New Horizons to celebrate the Animal Crossing variants of these events along with their island friends. On 19 November 2020, an update for the Nintendo Switch exclusive life simulation game will go live, offering players access to new content including ‘Turkey Day’ (26 November) and Toy Day (24 December) and a range of other in-game content.

This may mark the end of Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ 2020 updates, but another update is planned for late-January 2021.

More information on some of the update’s major features are listed below:


Turkey Day
On Turkey Day, which will take place this year on 26 November, top class chef Franklin will arrive and host a gathering in the plaza. Players can help Franklin collect ingredients to go in the dishes that will be on display in the plaza. There will be new Turkey Day items along with recipes available at Nook’s Cranny to collect for the holiday.

Toy Day 
It’s the time of the year when island residents rejoice … The month of Toy Day is nearly at hand. Players might notice their island and plaza gradually becoming more festive with holiday-themed decorations over the coming weeks. Keep an eye out for decorated trees, too. Shaking these may drop ornaments which will allow players to craft holiday furniture recipes. From 1 December to 25 December, it will be possible to purchase toys from Nook’s Cranny and find holiday-themed clothing at the Able Sisters shop. When it’s officially Toy Day on 24 December, Jingle will pay a special visit to each island to spread holiday cheer. By helping him deliver presents, players will receive a gift too.

New Reactions and hairstyles
Nine new Reactions and six new hairstyle options can be acquired by redeeming Nook Miles at the Nook Stop terminal located in Resident Services.

Home storage limit upgrade
Players who have previously expanded their home to the largest size and have paid off their debt will be able to apply for a further home storage expansion by speaking to Tom Nook at the Resident Services. This will expand the home storage to 2400 slots.

Visiting random islands in dreams
Everyone enjoying dozing off and visiting other islands within dreams will now be able to choose to visit random islands while dreaming, opening up new vistas of inspiration for island customisations.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp collaboration 
To commemorate Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp’s third anniversary, a Pocket Camp smartphone model will become available in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Resident and Island Data Transfers
Two new features are arriving to offer expanded flexibility for resident and island data. The single player transfer feature allows players to transfer resident data to another system. This includes the resident’s name, appearance and equipment, along with their inventory, home and storage. A separate whole island transfer feature will enable players to move their user save data, along with the island itself and all the residents, to another system. This service will be facilitated by the free Island Transfer Tool app in Nintendo eShop.

… and more
New seasonal items will be available starting 1st December at Nook Stop. Between 26th and 31st December, there will also be several festive items to celebrate New Year’s Eve. On December 31st, players can look forward to a countdown event starting at 7 p.m. local time to ring in the new year with their residents as well as friends and family in the game.

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