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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Gets a Festival Themed Free Update

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Prepare to party your adorable avatars butt off alongside your animal besties with a new, free update coming to the Nintendo Switch’s smash hit Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The update will have a carnival/festival theme, including a special event that will be arriving on your island on February 15th. There will also be a ton of new content including new outfits for your avatar as well as new reactions. Check out all of the cool new features coming to the game in the official press release below.

Viva Festivale! Experience the Carnival Spirit With This Animal Crossing: New Horizons Free Update

Feathers and festivities are headed your way soon! A free update to the Animal Crossing: New Horizons™ game for the Nintendo Switch™ system will arrive on Jan. 28.*

Whether you recently picked up the game over the holidays, or you’re a long-time island resident, we hope this free update fires up your island with its carnival spirit and new seasonal items.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons periodically receives updates that deliver events and features to the game, and this new update includes a colourful and feather-filled Festivale event, some heartfelt seasonal additions, new Reactions, and new items to purchase.

Beginning Jan. 28, the new update will add the following features to the game:

  • Festivale Event – Feel the heat with the colourful Festivale event filled with dancing and flying feathers! On Feb. 15, Dancer Pavé will arrive to your island’s plaza** to usher in some confetti and carnival spirit. On the day of the event you can capture colourful feathers floating on your island with your net and trade them to Pavé to receive a passionate dance number in return. Rainbow feathers seem to be an especially rare sight, so be sure to catch them and trade them with Pavé. Invite friends over to your island or visit theirs to partake in the festivities together.***
  • New Reactions – If you want to express your excitement for Festivale, you’ll now have a range of new Reactions to choose from. The Viva Festival Reaction Set can be purchased with in-game Bells from the shelf at Nook’s Cranny for a limited time and includes Feelin’ It, Let’s Go, Viva and Confetti.
  • New Clothing – Starting Feb. 1, Festivale clothing will be available at the Able Sisters shop for a limited time. Now you can get your Festivale groove on in style with these fashionable looks!
  • Seasonal Items – Make sure to keep an eye out for seasonal items at the Nook Stop in Resident Services and through Nook Shopping. Celebrate the sentimental season with chocolate hearts and heart-shaped bouquets, which will be available for purchase beginning Feb. 1 and running through Feb. 14. There will also be other items related to Groundhog Day and Big Game Celebration available for certain periods during January and February!

Also, starting March 26, the Animal Crossing Sanrio Collaboration Pack will be available for purchase at select Canadian retails at a suggested retail price of $6.99. The Animal Crossing Sanrio Collaboration Pack contains all six amiibo cards from this unique Sanrio Collaboration Series! You’ll be able to use these vibrantly designed amiibo cards in compatible games. Further details and Canadian retailers to be announced in the future.

Additionally, another update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons is planned for March, so please stay tuned for further details to come. To learn more about Animal Crossing: New Horizons, visit https://www.animal-crossing.com/new-horizons/. To stay up to date with the latest news about Animal Crossing: New Horizons, be sure to follow @animalcrossing on Twitter.

Antonia Haynes resides in a small seaside town in England where she has lived her whole life. She's a simple girl with a passion for zombies, writing, film, television, drawing, superheroes, Disney and, of course, video games. Her ideal day would consist of junk food, fluffy pyjamas and video games because quite frankly going outside is overrated. Follow her on Twitter on @RainbowMachete

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