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January through May: Updates on Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has now an established habit of offering players amazing updates, such as the Halloween and the Christmas updates. During the months from January through April, the game brings even more surprises. If you want to discover the latest news on Animal Crossing: New Horizons, then keep reading - it may be your last chance to enjoy some of the spring events.

The January Update

The Festivale Event

Animal Crossing: New Horizons dressed up with carnival colors for the Festivale event. On February 15th Pave came to the main square of your island to bring the carnival spirit! On this day, Pave asked for floating rainbow feathers around the island - if you collected them all, you received a passionate dance in return, and maybe even some new items. Colored feathers were rare and exchangeable with Pave. You could then invite your friends to the Festivale event and to celebrate it together.

New Reactions

With the event, four new reactions came to Animal Crossing: Feelin’ It, Let’s Go, Viva, and Confetti reactions (they were available for a limited time).

New Festivale Clothes

New Festivale clothes were available for purchase from Able sisters tailor shop for a limited time.

Seasonal Items

New seasonal items were available through the seasonal tab of Nook Shopping and in Nook's Cranny. They were related to Valentine's Day, such as chocolate hearts and heart-shaped bouquets. But besides Valentine’s Day items, between January and February other interesting items will be available for purchase. Their themes are related to Groundhog Day, the Super Bowl Celebration, and the Korean New year.

Dates for the January Update

January 27 and January 28 (according to your time zone) were the release dates for the Festivale Update.

Seasonal Update: February through March

After February 25, Nintendo brought you special items and updates for Super Mario’s 35th anniversary but also for the Girl’s Day in Japan (Hinamatsuri), as well as Pi Day and Saint Patrick’s Day (Shamrock Day in Animal Crossing).

Wondering how to update Animal Crossing? Updates are usually automatic but you can do it manually by going to the game’s settings.

Super Mario Items

In order to celebrate the 35th birthday of the famous game, Nintendo brought a whole bunch of items to the Animal Crossing update. Here is a list of all the known items: Up Mushroom, Block, Coin, Fire Flower, Floating block, Goal Pole, Large Mushroom Platform, Pipe, Shell, Small Mushroom Platform, Super Mushroom, Super Star, Thwomp, ? Block, Luigi hat, Mario hat, Princess Peach crown, Wario hat, Luigi 'stache, Mario 'stache, Wario 'stache, Luigi outfit, Mario outfit, Princess Peach dress, Wario outfit, Luigi shoes, Mario shoes, Princess Peach shoes, Wario shoes, Mushroom mural (wallpaper), Block flooring, Lakitu's Cloud rug, Yoshi's Egg rug.

However, depending on your region, some of these items may be absent. On March 1st the items became available for purchase from the Nook Shopping.

Girl’s Day

To celebrate the Hinamatsuri festival on March 3, you were able to purchase a hinaningyo (doll) and blossom lanterns between February 25 and March 3.

Pi Day

March 14 is known as Pi Day - because Pi starts with 3.14 it is celebrated on March 14 (3/14) and for this event, you got to purchase the special in-game ∏ day item.

St. Patrick’s Day (Shamrock Day)

Saint Patrick’s Day is Shamrock Day on Animal Crossing. As the original holiday, it is celebrated on March 17. For this occasion, you were able to purchase holiday-themed fashion items from Able Sisters from March 10 through March 17, as well as some special items, including: hamrock soda, shamrock door plate, and shamrock rug. These items will be available during the same period as the clothing items and each day one of these will be available. The selection was changing on daily basis.

The April Updates

Past Events: Bunny Day

One of the biggest events in April was undoubtedly the Bunny Day that occurred on April 4, 2021 just in time for Easter. It featured host Zipper T. Bunny who brought some unique Bunny Day items and DIY recipes. Here’s a brief list of the special recipes:

  • Bunny Day Arch recipe.
  • Bunny Day Basket.
  • Wobbling Zipper Toy recipe.
  • Bunny Day Wand recipe.

Last Chance

If you’ve missed Bunny Day, don’t worry - there are still some special events and items that you can enjoy. However, hurry up because they are available until April 10.

Cherry Blossom Trees

Between April 1 and April 10 fruitless trees on your island (North Hemisphere) will get a makeover and turn into Cherry Blossom trees and their floating petals are also crafting materials. You can check the official guide.

April Fishing Tourney

This special event will take place on April 10 so make sure to connect to Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Also, this new season brings new bugs, fish, and sea creatures. Some of them include:

  • Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing.
  • Atlas Moth.
  • Long Locust.
  • Darner Dragonfly.
  • Giant Water Bug.
  • Snapping Turtle.
  • Surgeonfish.

Tree Planting Day

In order to celebrate Tree Planting Day (South Korea), you can purchase at Nook Shopping the Forsythia plant furniture for 1,000 Bells between April 1 and April 10.

More Events

Special events don’t end here! There are still plenty of them to enjoy - just check the list below.

Prom Night

The Prom Night seasonal event will be available to enjoy through the entire month of April. Get ready for over 10 different themed items that can be found either in the usual Seasonal tab of Nook Shopping or at the Able Sisters shop. Here’s a glimpse of what can be found:

Cool Globe

In order to celebrate Nature Day, you will be able to purchase the Cool Globe in Nook Shopping’s seasonal tab for 2,300 Bells. The item will be available between April 15 and April 22.

Azalea Bushes

If you enjoyed the Camellia Bushes, then we hope you will love the Azalea Bushes as well (Northern Hemisphere). They come in pink and white and will be available from April 11 to May 31.

For the Southern Hemisphere, Tea Olive Bushes blossom from March 21 through April 30.

Images: Nintendo


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