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Huge Animal Crossing: New Horizons leak suggests major update coming

Published: 20/Apr/2020 19:15

by Meg Bethany Koepp


A massive datamine has unearthed several lines of code that heavily suggest that some major features are on the way for Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

When New Horizons released on March 20, veteran players were disappointed that certain characters and features familiar to the series had been cut in the Nintendo Switch release, such as swimming and diving, Crazy Redd’s Furniture Emporium, Brewster’s cafe, and a gardening store.

Notorious Animal Crossing dataminer Ninji took a deep dive into the game’s code, and discovered several things that hint at features that could potentially be heading to the life simulator in a future update. Fair warning: there will be spoilers ahead, so bear that in mind before deciding to read on.

New Horizons update coming?

The first thing they discovered was a hint at what’s in store for the museum. Currently, there’s three areas for fish, bugs, and fossils, but art and deep sea diving creatures weren’t included. That could be about to change though, as code for two extra upgrades and a gallery section were found, as well as a dedicated store and cafe – the latter of which includes Gyroids.

Something that’s been a mystery since the game’s release is the ‘secret beach’ situated at the top of every player’s map. The small scrap of sand currently seems to serve little purpose other than being a place to display flowers and outdoor furniture, but the code implies that Crazy Redd will be docking a ship there to flog his wares. 

This could be tied to the museum gallery that was also found in the datamine, as it’s also said that the character’s ‘fake art’ mechanic will be making a return, but little is known at the time of writing.

According to Ninji, azalea, hibiscus, holly, hydrangea, camellia, and osmanthus bushes also appeared in the code. Bushes were extremely popular in New Leaf as players often used them to line their pathways and beautify their towns, so the plants’ absence hit hard for some.

This goes hand-in-hand with another suggestion that Nook’s Cranny could be getting another shop upgrade, since Leif’s gardening store was part of the T.I.Y. enhancement in the 3DS game. He sold bushes, amongst other fauna, so it’s safe to assume this might be returning.

Diving could also return, as an entry for seafood in the Critterpedia with 33 entries was found. One creature, the manila clam, is already a part of the game, so the other 32 could be added in a future update.

Other things unearthed include more hints at Redd’s return, and the ability to grow vegetables such as tomato, sugar cane, carrot, wheat, potato, and pumpkin.

It should be noted that this isn’t 100% confirmation that these features will ever make it into the game, as it’s entirely possible that it’s just leftover code that hasn’t been taken out. But it’s safe to assume that maybe some of them could be added in the future, at least.

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The Simpsons intro gets epic recreation in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Published: 8/Aug/2020 1:00 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 14:22

by Brent Koepp


An Animal Crossing YouTuber went viral after re-creating The Simpsons’ iconic intro in New Horizons. The player’s incredible mashup is one of the best things you’ll see today.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons took the world by storm after making its debut in March. The latest release in the long-running franchise introduced new features such as the ability to shape your village however you see fit using terraforming.

The new mechanic has sparked the imaginations of millions of users on social media, and one creator went viral after using the tool to bring The Simpsons to the social-simulation title. Their re-imagination of the classic cartoon’s intro is the perfect crossover.

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YouTube: Great-Bit Arcade
A talented creator made The Simpsons intro in Animal Crossing.

The Simpsons re-imagined in Animal Crossing

The Simpsons made its debut in 1989, and has gone on to become a juggernaut in pop culture over the last three decades. In 2020, the animation is in its 31st season. To celebrate, a player re-created the show’s intro in New Horizons.

Gaming YouTuber ‘Great-Bit Arcade‘ uploaded their mind blowing creation to their channel on July 29, and quickly went viral. The video carefully re-creates the animation’s iconic intro, which follows the Simpson family throughout their town of Springfield.

The fan creatively used assets from Animal Crossing to create the town’s nuclear plant, before hilariously cutting to their character writing on a chalk board in school while wearing Bart Simpson’s signature outfit.

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YouTube: Great-Bit Arcade
Maggie and Marge Simpson are re-created in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Great-Bit’s video meticulously recreates every scene, from Maggie and Marge driving to Lisa playing her saxophone in school. The YouTuber even created a couch gag with the Simpson family walking in to find Tom Nook and Isabelle taking up all the space on their sofa.

Animal Crossing’s latest release has been a major success for Nintendo. In a quarterly report posted in August, it was revealed the social simulation title has sold over 22.4 million units – making it the second highest-selling game on the console.

New Horizons’ terraforming tool has encouraged players from around the world to share their creations on social media. Fans have reimagined things from Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away to Avatar: The Last Airbender using the game’s new feature.