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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Summer Update Review

Written by Gaming, Gaming Reviews

Sun, sea and staring at your Nintendo Switch screen for a full day whilst people are starting to go back outside again…the new Animal Crossing summer update is here! Since the summer of 2020 is pretty much cancelled, it’s great that Animal Crossing has some plans for us that aren’t delayed until next year.

This update is actually pretty impressive, with some features that people have been waiting for since the game’s release way back in March-was that 5 months ago already?

If, like me, you have been paranoid that your Switch was going to break, meaning that your Animal Crossing data would be deleted as the data is saved to your console, then fear no more. After months of paranoia that my new Switch was going to break and delete my 500-hour island, we finally have the Island Backup Restoration Service. RIP to all the islands that sadly perished before this update. Nintendo has stated that it’s only to be used when your Switch is damaged, lost or stolen and can’t be used whenever you want, but hey, it’s something. So please, if you haven’t set up the Island Backup Restoration Service, do it as soon as possible because you need to set it up manually.

After months of paranoia that my new Switch was going to break and delete my 500-hour island, we finally have the Island Backup Restoration Service.

Now, on to the more fun parts of the update. Fireworks! Every Sunday at 7pm during August there’s a wholesome (or not so wholesome…we’ll get on to that) firework show. You can get seasonal items at Redd’s Raffle, and he won’t scam you this time. If you continue to get raffle tickets in a row, rather than going backwards and forwards talking to him throughout the event, then you can get all 12 items pretty quickly without repeats. Bubbles, sparklers, balloons and more- it’s wonderful.

Also, Isabelle has finally left her prison cell, the Resident Services building, to come outside to celebrate. If you talk to her you can set up your own fireworks display using custom designs, which the internet has already used and abused. I’ve seen people make fireworks of their villagers’ faces, and I’ve seen people draw dicks in the sky. That’s the Animal Crossing fandom in a nutshell.

Isabelle has finally left her prison cell, the Resident Services Building, to come outside to celebrate

Another really exciting part of the update is that we have the Dream Service back from Animal Crossing: New Leaf. If you have Nintendo Online you can visit islands whilst you’re sleeping, and nothing you do there is permanent, so you can just visit it uninterrupted and ruin their flowers. However, I was a little disappointed by the fact that you can’t just visit random islands, you have to enter their Dream Code. Personally, I think this is a step down the Dream Suite from New Leaf, but I’m so happy to have this function back that I don’t even mind.

Those are the main features of the update, but they’ve also added little bonuses too. If you like to take photos, you can now make the camera options invisible, so you can get a much better view of what your photo will actually turn out like. Additionally, if you live in the Northern Hemisphere then you can order new seasonal items from the Residents Service, and when you next find a golden nugget you unlock the DIY for a King Tut mask, which looks hilarious and makes you fall over a lot because it’s cursed. Oh, and finally you can search for custom designs in Able Sister’s using key words and phrases- thank God for that!

Well, I don’t know about you, but that’s got me out of my Animal Crossing slump for sure.

Last modified: 13th August 2020

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