Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch): Software updates (latest: Ver. 1.2.1)

On this page, you will find all there is to know about the Software updates for Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Nintendo Switch (originally released on March 20th in Europe, North America, and Japan). Looking for the Events and Content Updates? Check out this page instead!

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Ver. 1.2.1 and Ver. 1.2.1a/b/b/etc

  • Release date: April 22nd 2020 (North America) / April 23rd 2020 (Europe, Japan)
  • Patch notes:

General Updates

  • Addressed issues to further ensure an enjoyable gaming experience.
  • List of upcoming events (require additional download by launching the game while being connected to the internet (Ver. X.X.a/b/c, etc.)):
  • International Museum Day (May 18th to May 31st)
  • Wedding Season (June 1st to June 30th)

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Ver. 1.2.0 and Ver. 1.2.0a

  • Release date: April 22nd 2020 (North America) / April 23rd 2020 (Europe, Japan)
  • Patch notes:

General updates

  • The following visiting merchants can now visit the island.
    • Leif (gardening shop)
    • Redd (Jolly Redd’s Treasure Trawler)
  • Added seasonal events.
  • Addressed issues to further ensure an enjoyable gaming experience.
  • List of changes:
  • Newly added island visitors
  • Leif’s Garden Shop (you can grow shrubs)
  • Jolly Redd’s Treasure Trawler (exchange bells for artwork and furniture)
  • Museum Expansion (The Art Gallery)

Upcoming events:

  • Nature Day (April 23rd to May 4th)
  • May Day (May 1st to May 7th)
  • International Museum Day (May 18th to May 31st)
  • Wedding Season (June 1st to June 30th)
  • Additional notes: the various events require an additional update downloaded by launching the game while being connected to the internet (Ver. X.X.a/b/c, etc.)
  • Source: Nintendo

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Ver. 1.1.4a

  • Release date: April 1st 2020 (North America, Europe, Japan)
  • Patch notes:

No patch notes available.

  • Additional notes: this is an additional update required for the first Seasonal Event, Bunny Day.
  • Source: Nintendo

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Ver. 1.1.4

  • Release date: April 5th 2020 (North America) / April 6th 2020 (North America, Europe, Japan)
  • Patch notes:
  • General updates
    • Fixed an issue where, when Flick is on your island, if you give him the number of scarab beetles required for a model, the model you receive is of a different insect.
      • How this issue will be resolved in affected save data:
        After the software is updated to Ver. 1.1.4, if you give Flick the required number of scarab beetles again, you will receive the correct model.
    • Adjusted the appearance rate of some Bunny Day eggs through 11.04.2020.
      • Note: Eggs will be easier to find on Bunny Day itself, which takes place on 12.04.2020.
  • List of changes

This update fixes the drop rate for some of the eggs during the Bunny Day event, until April 11th.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Ver. 1.1.3

  • Release date: April 2nd 2020 (North America) / April 3rd 2020 (North America, Europe, Japan)
  • Patch notes:
  • General updates
    • Fixes a bug causing balloons not to fly under certain conditions.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Ver. 1.1.2

  • Release date: April 1st 2020 (North America) / April 2nd 2020 (North America, Europe, Japan)
  • Patch notes:
  • General updates
    • Fixed an issue where an animal you’ve invited to move from another island doesn’t actually move, leaving the plot of land allocated for them to move to sold and unoccupied.
      • How this issue will be resolved in affected save data:
        After the software is updated to Ver. 1.1.2, the sold plot of land will revert to being available, and a new animal will become able to move there again.
      • Note: Unfortunately, the animal that was originally invited to move to your island when the issue occurred will not return to their original island, nor will their plan to move to your island be carried out.
    • Fixed an issue where a request from Tom Nook for the Resident Representative to find a plot of land for new residents disappears.
      • How this issue will be resolved in affected save data:
        After the software is updated to Ver. 1.1.2, if the island is developed to a certain point (Nook’s Cranny is either under construction or completed), the next time the Resident Representative plays the game, a special event will trigger during the island-wide broadcast and the story will move forward.
    • Fixed an issue where, after deleting a resident, it becomes impossible to move their house and/or other structures.
      • How this issue will be resolved in affected save data:
        After the software is updated to Ver. 1.1.2, it will once more become possible to request that these structures be moved.
    • Fixed an issue where both Nook Miles and Bells are subtracted when you use Nook Miles Tickets to go on a Mystery Tour and purchase an item from Wilbur.
    • Other adjustments were made to improve the game play experience.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Ver. 1.1.1

  • Release date: March 25th 2020 (North America) / March 26th 2020 (North America, Europe, Japan)
  • Patch notes:

Fixes a major issue impacting game balance.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Ver. 1.1.0

  • Release date: March 18th 2020 (North America) / March 19th 2020 (Europe Japan)
  • Patch notes:
  • Online connectivity features
    • It’s now possible to visit other islands through online play via the internet.
    • Added features related to NookLink, a Nintendo Switch Online smart device app game-specific service.
    • Added functionality for Best Friends.
    • Message cards can now be sent to friends or received from friends.
  • General updates
    • Added a seasonal event.
    • Other adjustments were made to improve the game play experience.
  • List of changes:
  • adds data related to the first Seasonal Event, Bunny Day
  • adds option to visit the island of other players via the internet
  • enables integration of the NookLink features (NookLink is a service for the Nintendo Switch Online app on smart devices). The service will launch on March 19th at 9PM PT / March 20th at 12AM ET / 4AM GMT / 5AM CET / 1PM JST.
  • provides various bug fixes and improvements
  • Additional notes: this is the Day 1 update for the game. If you have pre-purchased the game on the Nintendo eShop, you can download it before launch so you can have it ready for Day 1 (the console will automatically download it if you have Automatic Downloads activated).
  • Source: Nintendo

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Ver. 1.0.0

  • Release date: February 7th 2020 (North America, Europe) / February 8th 2020 (Japan)
  • Patch notes:

No patch notes available.

  • Additional notes: this is the base version of the game, that you get by pre-purchasing it on the Nintendo eShop.
  • Source: Nintendo

How to download updates for Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the Nintendo Switch?

To download the updates for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you have three options:

  • let the console do its thing if you have automatic downloads activated, and didn’t completely turn it off

If not…

  • try to launch the game from the Home Menu while being connected to the internet. You should get a prompt when doing so: simply follow the instructions on screen;

OR

  • select the game > press either + or – to go to the Options page > select Software update > select Via the Internet.

To check that you have the latest version installed, simply select the game on the Home Menu, and press – or + to go to the Options: the version number is displayed just below the game title.


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