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Animal Crossing has Changed – Here’s what you Missed

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Ah, Animal Crossing, the glimmer of light in the dark days that was early 2020. This game brings back (not-so) fond memories of snuggling up under the covers, and avoiding the news while trying to get Raymond onto your island. Like many others, you probably stopped playing Animal Crossing when life picked up again, and your villagers haven’t seen you for weeks, or even months since then, but that might change! Recently, Nintendo released their New Horizons 2.0 update with new and returning features that’ll get you back on your island and excited to play the game since the initial launch!

Brewster is Back!

The beloved coffee-serving owl has finally made a return to the series. When Nintendo failed to include this character during the original launch, fans were upset with the absence of Brewster. Thankfully, Nintendo listened to the  backlash over the removed content and included the character in their 2.0 update.

The Iconic Froggy Chair has returned!

Almost as exciting as the return of Brewster, a fan noticed the infamous froggy chair in the Nintendo Direct displaying the new content. A meme dating back to 2014, the New Leaf fans were disappointed when the froggy chair did not return for New Horizons. Now, we are able to finally fulfill our interior design dreams with this iconic piece of furniture.

A New Expansion Pack!

Don’t go running for the hills just yet, Nintendo has announced that this will be the only DLC that Animal Crossing: New Horizons will receive, so you don’t have to shell out $$$ for every new item (looking at you, The Sims). If you enjoyed the 2015 title Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, this expansion has a very similar concept, allowing more content into the game without feeling that the base title is lackluster.

Gyroids?

It was always fun to see buried objects on your map in previous games. Is it a fossil, gyroid, or pitfall seed? The fun in it was the anticipation and guessing! Unfortunately, New Horizons only had fossils buried on the map, sparking disappointment in the  lack of  music-creating, mythological gyroids unearthed after rainy days. Thankfully, they’re back! Time to create a gyroid room in your home, if you can find the space!

Cooking in Animal Crossing?

When I was a kid, Thanksgiving was one of my favourite events in Animal Crossing. One day a year you could cook food for your villagers – with this new update, you can now grow and cook your own food! Playing with the strength concept seen with fruit, you can now have more culinary options for your character. Forget apples – we’re having pizza tonight!

The items above are just some of the highlights of the new update. To check out markets, the return of Kapp’n, and ordinances, you’ll have to jump back into the game, which is perfect for the cozy weather ahead of us!

Savannah is currently in her third year at Uvic, majoring in English and Business. When not swamped with studying, she can be found exploring downtown, drinking way too much coffee, reading, and enjoying the experiences UVic has to offer.
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