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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Update Brings Gardening, Art Sales, And Three Months Of Seasonal Events

The real world has pretty much come to a standstill, so it’s good that life in Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons is about to get even more hectic than usual. Following the controversial egg-hunting Bunny Day event in early April, the Japanese game giant has unveiled more plans in store for its next updates, some of which will be familiar to Animal Crossing veterans.

The update is slated to go live on 23 April 2020 for free, and marks the return of art shopping. Jolly Redd, a character from the past games, will be making a reappearance, as he continues the age-old tradition of selling both authentic and fake art to confuddle players. Nintendo explains it as so:

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After downloading the free update, Jolly Redd will occasionally show up in his boat to sell in-game art, as well as furniture with unique colors. Like in previous Animal Crossing games, players will have to figure out which art pieces are real and which are fake. After purchasing genuine art, players can donate it to the island museum to open an art gallery, which will display all types of donated pieces, from paintings to sculptures.

– Nintendo, describing the return of art shopping to Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Accompanying Redd’s return is Leif, who looks set to bring back his travelling garden shop where items like flower seeds and shrubs are sold. That’s great, because gardening is that one soothing balm we could use more of.

Aside from the new businesses, there’s also a slate of seasonal events waiting to be kicked off, from Nature Day to Wedding Season. All of them are spread across three months, which means there’ll never be a dull moment in the world of Animal Crossing.

The full description of the update from Nintendo may be found below:

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  • Leif’s Garden Shop: Nature-loving Leif will regularly visit players’ islands to sell his flourishing assortment of foliage, including shrubs and flower seeds. These decorative items will help make any island paradise a little greener.

  • Jolly Redd’s Treasure Trawler: After downloading the free update, Jolly Redd will occasionally show up in his boat to sell in-game art, as well as furniture with unique colors. Like in previous Animal Crossing games, players will have to figure out which art pieces are real and which are fake. After purchasing genuine art, players can donate it to the island museum to open an art gallery, which will display all types of donated pieces, from paintings to sculptures.
  • Nature Day (April 23-May 4): During the Nature Day period, special Nook Miles challenges will be available that focus on nature-inspired goals, such as planting trees and watering flowers.
  • May Day Tour (May 1-7): In the first week of May, players can use a one-time May Day Ticket at the island airport to head out on a limited-time tour to an island that looks different than the usual mystery island tours. A special visitor who looks familiar might also be there…
  • International Museum Day (May 18-31): To celebrate International Museum Day, players can take part in a Stamp Rally. After receiving a special stamp card, players can enjoy viewing fish, insects and fossils while collecting stamps at the various museum exhibits to earn an in-game reward.
  • Wedding Season (June 1-30): During a nuptial-themed June, players can visit Harvey’s island to meet the married couple Reese and Cyrus, as well as help arrange and take anniversary photos with them in the wedding-picture studio. Players will get wedding-themed items as a token of their gratitude.


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