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Another Animal Crossing: New Horizons Update Is Coming Next Month

Nintendo is releasing another content update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons in late November, and it will add Thanksgiving and Christmas events to the game.


Animal Crossing: New Horizons' 1.5 fall update introduced a variety of new autumn-themed content to the game, including Halloween, pumpkins, and spooky DIY recipes, but there's still much more to come this season. Nintendo has announced that it will release another update for the popular Switch life sim in late November, and it looks like that one will add two more major holidays to the game.

While Nintendo hasn't shared any further details about the November update just yet, the announcement was accompanied by images of Franklin the turkey and Jingle the reindeer. The former hosts the series' Harvest Festival (Thanksgiving) event, while the latter appears during Toy Day (Christmas), so it looks like both holidays are coming as part of the November update.

Nintendo hasn't yet explained how the Harvest Festival or Toy Day events will work in New Horizons, but in the series' previous installment, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Franklin would send you around to other villagers to gather ingredients for dishes he's preparing. Toy Day was even more involved. All December, you would need to speak to villagers and make note of what they're hoping to receive on Toy Day. Then, on December 24, you would need to dress as Santa and deliver the right presents to each villager.

In the meantime, the 1.5 update added Halloween, along with related DIY recipes, furniture, costumes, and other items. All October long, you'll be able to purchase candy at Nook's Cranny, as well as pumpkin starts that you can plant and grow. These pumpkins can then be used to craft Halloween-themed decorations and other items from the new DIY recipes.

Beyond that, the 1.5 update also makes it much easier to revisit dreams. Dream islands that you've previously visited will appear as part of a list, so you'll no longer need to re-enter their Dream Address each time you want to return. Nintendo has also rolled out an update for the NookLink function that lets you use in-game reactions right from the smartphone app.

In addition to the next update, Animal Crossing Amiibo cards are also returning this November. Series 1 through 4 of the Amiibo cards will be available again at retailers. Each pack will cost $6 USD and includes six cards. You can use these cards to invite villagers to live on your island or take photos of them in the game's Photopia mode. The long sold-out Animal Crossing-edition Switch console is also starting to return to select stores.

In other Animal Crossing news, there's an assortment of new October bugs, fish, and sea creatures to catch in New Horizons right now. The Fishing Tourney is also underway for both Northern and Southern Hemisphere players. The event returns this Saturday, October 10, giving you another chance to score some exclusive fish-themed furniture and other items. Nintendo has also released a small new Animal Crossing patch that fixes a few issues that have cropped up following the 1.5 update.

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