Animal Crossing New Horizons Celebrates 1st Anniversary With More Free Updates

This month marks one year since the launch of Animal Crossing New Horizon, but the free updates aren’t slowing down. See what’s coming up for the game!

Crazy to think it’s already been a year since I became obsessed with Animal Crossing, and even crazier to think about the sheer amount of free DLC that’s been added to the game consistently during that period of time. If you thought things would slow down at the year mark, you were wrong.

Today, Nintendo revealed some new updates coming to the game coming on March 18th that will add in Whoopy cushions (for April Fool’s) bring the return of Spring items (plus some new stuff), and even Prom! Players who love to get creative with the custom designs are getting a really great update with an all new editor that adds more custom slots, and the ability to make designs for a plethora of new items!

1st Anniversary Cake – Nook Inc. made a 1st Anniversary Cake to commemorate the occasion. It will be sent to your in-game mailbox after the update is installed.

Sanrio Sweetness – Add some Sanrio sweetness to your island. Starting March 26, the Animal Crossing Sanrio Collaboration Pack will be available for purchase at Target stores across the U.S. at a suggested retail price of $5.99. You’ll be able use these six vibrantly designed amiibo cards to invite cute and colorful Animal Crossing residents inspired by popular Sanrio characters to your island, including Rita, Chai and Toby. These amiibo cards let you exchange bells for special Sanrio-themed furniture and fashion items in-game, too. You can even invite these characters to Harv’s Island for a fun photo session in Photopia.

Custom Design Pro Editor + – The Custom Design app on your NookPhone is getting an upgrade! Use your Nook Miles at the Nook Stop in Resident Services to unlock the feature. It’ll provide a more robust set of features, allowing for the customization of umbrellas, small flags, uchiwa and photo stands. And with a new expansion of 50 slots added to both the Normal Custom Design mode and Pro Custom Design mode, you can truly let your imagination run wild!

Custom Design Portal – You can now add the Custom Design Portal found in the Able Sisters store directly to your in-game NookPhone app. You’ll be able to use it any time inspiration strikes.

Seasonal Items – Spring is in the air, and with the changing of the seasons comes a range of new seasonal items! Just in time for April Fool’s Day, a variety of colors of whoopee cushions can be ordered between March 26 and April 1 from the in-game Nook Shopping service. For something a little more elegant, you can prep for prom season with themed fashion items at the Able Sisters shop from April 1 to April 30. You can also order prom-themed items from Nook Shopping during this period, such as a prom night wall, prom night flooring and a prom stash. Never miss a chance to dance!

Will you be diving back into Animal Crossing New Horizons later this week for the new updates?