Okay no, there’s not a new instalment of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and maybe that was a tad dramatic, but there is an absolutely huge update on its way this November. So go charge your switch (I know it’s gathering dust) and let’s get into it.
First things first, Brewster. Everyone’s favourite virtual barista is back at last serving up the good stuff in the museum café. If you’re reluctant to give the Nooks anymore of your bells, Brewster’s coffee is a good way to clear your bank account. As someone who has played the franchise since Wild World, this apron-wearing pigeon has remained one of my favourite characters and it’ll be great to see him clearly rather than the lovely DS pixilated screen. Players will even be able to invite friends over for a coffee or invite other villagers using amiibo cards.
Any City Folk fans will recognise the return of some familiar faces in this Nintendo Direct, particularly Harriet (no, not me unfortunately), as Harv’s island gets a refresh. Traders that used to occasionally pass your island will now be located there, and whilst it’s not the same hustle and bustle vibe of the city in City Folk, this quaint looking market is sure to make me procrastinate even more from assignments.
Budding interior designers rejoice – the 2.0 update gives you a whole host of new features, including ceiling lighting, upgraded storage and even a outdoor shed if you run out of space in the house! And if that’s not enough, you might want to get your wallet out, as the first DLC update is on its way. For just £25 you can have your very own virtual job and ‘go to work’ through Dodo airlines… yeah, I know. But if it’s the creative freedom that you love about AC, it’s probably worth the money. Players will be able to customise holiday homes for characters built around their personalities and exchange the currency you earn there (different from bells just to keep things nice and difficult for everyone) for special items.
Controversially, the DLC is also available as part of a new Nintendo Online plus package, costing around £50 a year and also including Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis. To be honest, I don’t see the investment here (unless you’re super into Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis I guess), given that the Nintendo Online subscription normally costs around £20 – I’d much rather pay for the DLC once than on a yearly basis, and I’d speculate that other Animal Crossing players might feel much the same. It’s one part of the update that we’ll just have to watch play out.
There’s so much more I want to dig into, from Kapp’n’s song that is sure to get very annoying very quickly, to cooking meals, from new hairstyles to new KK tunes (can’t wait to hear “K.K. Polka” in the club), and even those bloody gyroids making a return. Nintendo have really outdone themselves with this update. It’s just a shame that it didn’t come sooner – and that it’s the last free major content we’ll be getting.
Oh, and don’t forget to get off the couch; Nintendo are making us exercise by doing group stretches in the plaza along with all the villagers and slaves to Nook—I mean, characters. I’d stay in bed, but I fear Tom Nook might come find me and ask for a late exercise class fee…