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How to get Summer Solstice items in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Published: 7/Jun/2020 19:07

by Meg Bethany Koepp

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Starting June 7 through July 6, Animal Crossing: New Horizons players have two special items up for grabs in celebration of the Summer & Winter Solstices in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Here’s how you can get them.

Events have become a staple part of the Animal Crossing series ever since the game’s release in the West in 2002. GameCube players will no doubt remember celebrating the Fireworks Show at the lake, and collecting candy from villagers on Halloween.

The traditions have been passed down from title to title, with each installment adding new seasonal festivities and holidays for fans to participate in. New Leaf added in the Summer & Winter Solstice to signify the longest and shortest days of the year, and it’s something that’s carried over into the Nintendo Switch game.

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Two items are up for grabs to celebrate the Solstice.

How to get New Horizons’ Solstice items

The Summer Solstice happens on June 20 in real life for those who live in the Northern Hemisphere, with the Winter Solstice taking place at the same time for everyone in the Southern. It marks the longest and shortest day of the year depending on where you are in the world, and Animal Crossing is celebrating it too.

The game is diving into the festivities early by giving players access to two limited-time, special items: the Summer-solstice crown and the Winter-solstice sweater. You’re able to grab both regardless of what region you’re in, so there’s no worry about being locked out of one.

In order to get the items, simply head to the Nook Stop terminal in the Resident Services building. Once there, click on Nook Shopping, then Special Goods, and click on over to the Seasonal items tab.

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You can get both items regardless of Hemisphere.

Once you’ve purchased them for 1,560 and 1,200 Bells, you’ll either have to wait a day or time travel forward to tomorrow to receive them in-hand as they’ll be sent to your mailbox rather than given to you right then and there. Make sure you claim them by July 6!

It is currently unclear at the time of writing whether the Nintendo Switch game will be celebrating the Solstice further as an actual all-day event like in New Leaf, but Dexerto will keep you updated as more information comes to light.

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Why Animal Crossing’s hairstyles are dividing the community

Published: 23/Nov/2020 14:45

by Alice Hearing

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons players appear to be quite divided on one part of the new winter update, as it allowed for a more inclusive range of hairstyles.

On November 19, Nintendo enabled the game’s winter update. Excitement has revolved around new hip reactions that will let them sit on the ground, do workouts and yoga, like many have seen their villagers do on their islands.

The content refresh also includes six new hairstyles: afro, afro puffs, cornrows, buzz cut with faded sides, voluminous curls, and even a bald look. New additions have been a welcome change for people of color playing the game, who wanted to see themselves represented.

Previous versions of the game came under fire for a lack of representation. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, some players were forced to play around with the tan feature to give their characters their actual skin tone.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons hairstyle winter update
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Nintendo added six new hairstyles to the game in its Winter update

While New Horizons finally represents a far wider variety of skin tones, players felt that not enough had been done for representation and even created a petition in August asking for more inclusive hairstyles.

The campaign ended in victory, but the update has actually been dividing the community on Twitter. A debate has erupted as to whether it can be deemed cultural appropriation if white players use some of the new hairstyles.

It all began on the day after the update launched when user stardewleaf tweeted an image of a white in-game character with what they called “Space buns”. It has sparked a huge debate with many people taking offense that a white user was using a hairstyle added to represent people of color.

One user responded: “They’re not space buns, they’re afro puffs made for POC”, while another explained why people had taken offense, adding: “The reason people are p**sed off is because we don’t really have a lot of hair options that represent us in Animal Crossing, and you do. Then you specifically choose that one, despite what you others pick from.”

Another person defended the style, saying: “As a white person with curly hair, these could in fact be what a white girl’s bun looks like. They’re both afro puffs and buns, games are games.”

Several other people commented that they felt the debate as a whole was ridiculous and trivial: “No one who gets mad at another person enjoying a hairstyle in a video game is worth listening to.”

The original tweet now has more than 5,000 responses and the number still continues to grow.

In general terms, the decision to have additional hairstyles and more representation incorporated into the Animal Crossing world has been a popular move.