Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch): Software updates (latest: Ver. 1.6.0b)

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Ver. 1.7.0 and Ver. 1.7.0 a/b/b/etc

  • Release date: late January 2020 (North America) / late January 2020 (Europe, Japan)
  • Maintenance: Yes (more details)
  • Patch notes:

Coming soon!

  • List of changes:
  • adds more Seasonal Events
  • Additional notes: the a, b, c, etc. updates are small updates required for special events. They are downloaded automatically by launching the game while being connected to the internet.
  • Source: Nintendo

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Ver. 1.6.0 and Ver. 1.6.0 a/b/b/etc

  • Release date: November 18th 2020 (North America) / November 19th 2020 (Europe, Japan)
  • Maintenance: Yes (more details)
  • Versions:
  • 1.6.0a: Turkey Day (November 26th)
  • 1.6.0b: ??? (December 1st)
  • 1.6.0c: Toy Day (December 24th)
  • Main Patch notes:

General updates

  • Two seasonal events, Turkey Day and Toy Day, have been added.
  • Residents can visit Resident Services to put in a request to increase the capacity of their home storage.
  • Luna can now offer random dream destinations by selecting the “Surprise me” option.
  • A new feature for transferring save data between different systems has been added.
    • This feature only transfers save data for Animal Crossing: New Horizons. When necessary, please use the Nintendo Switch “Transfer Your User Data” feature as well. Learn more about save data transfer here.
  • The following content has also been added:
    • Additional Nook Miles redemption items.
    • Additional limited-time seasonal items from Nook Shopping.
    • Additional DIY recipes that use seasonal materials.
    • Additional Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp collaboration item.

Fixed issues

  • Other adjustments and corrections were made to improve the game play experience.
  • List of changes:
  • Turkey Day – On Turkey Day, which will take place this year on Nov. 26, the first-class chef Franklin will arrive and host a gathering in the plaza. You can help Franklin collect ingredients to go in the dishes that will be on display in the plaza. You can even receive a gift from Franklin as a thank you for helping him cook.
  • Toy Day – It’s the time of the year when island residents rejoice … The month of Toy Day is nearly at hand! You might notice your island and plaza gradually becoming more festive with holiday-themed decorations over the coming weeks. Keep an eye out for decorated trees, too. Shaking these may drop ornaments which will allow you to craft holiday furniture recipes. From Dec. 1 to Dec. 25, you’ll be able to purchase toys from Nook’s Cranny and find holiday-themed clothing at the Able Sisters shop. When it’s officially Toy Day on Dec. 24, Jingle will pay a special visit to your island to spread holiday cheer. If you help him deliver presents, you’ll also receive a gift!
  • Reactions and Hairstyles – Nine new Reactions will be available with this update, which can be obtained by redeeming Nook Miles at the Nook Stop terminal located in Resident Services. Six new hairstyle options can also be acquired by redeeming Nook Miles, so get ready to express yourself and let your personality shine!
    • New reactions: Sit Down, Wave Goodbye, Take a picture, Sniff Sniff, Work Out, Yoga, Here You Go, Excited, Ta-da
  • Home Storage Upgrade – If you’ve expanded your in-game home to its largest size and paid off your debt, you’ll now be able to apply for a home storage expansion by speaking to Tom Nook at Resident Services. Congrats on achieving the next level of home ownership. This will expand your home storage to 2400 slots. Think of all the items you can now store and access from the comfort of your island home!
  • Visit Random Islands in Dreams – Have you enjoyed dozing off and visiting other islands within dreams? Now you’ll be able to choose to visit random islands while dreaming, opening up new vistas of inspiration for your own island customizations.
  • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Collaboration – To commemorate Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp’s third anniversary, a Pocket Camp smartphone model will become available in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. To receive this smartphone model, you’ll need to link both the Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp app and Animal Crossing: New Horizons to your Nintendo account. For more information, please visit https://ac-pocketcamp.com/en-US/horizons.
  • Island and Resident Data Transfers – Two new features are arriving to offer expanded flexibility for your island and resident data. The whole island transfer feature will enable you to move your user save data, along with the island itself and all the residents, to another system. This service will be facilitated by the free Island Transfer Tool app in Nintendo eShop. For players who are not the island’s Resident Representative, a single-player transfer feature allows you to transfer resident data to another system. This includes your resident’s name, appearance and equipment, along with your inventory, home and storage. Additional details about the benefits and limitations of these new data transfer services can be found at https://animal-crossing.com/new-horizons/#transfer.
  • Seasonal Items to Celebrate New Year’s Eve – New seasonal items will be available starting Dec. 1 at Nook Stop. Between Dec. 26 and Dec. 31, there will also be several festive items to commemorate New Year’s Eve. In addition to the update content, you can look forward to a countdown event starting at 7 p.m. on Dec. 31. With Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you can meet in-game to ring in the new year with friends, family and your island residents!
  • Additional notes: the a, b, c, etc. updates are small updates required for special events. They are downloaded automatically by launching the game while being connected to the internet.
  • Source: Nintendo

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Ver. 1.5.1 and Ver. 1.5.1 a/b/b/etc

  • Release date: October 8th 2020 (North America) / October 9th 2020 (Europe, Japan)
  • Patch notes:

General updates

The following issues occurring in Ver. 1.5.0 have been fixed:

  • Fixed an issue where some title keywords obtained via Nook Miles would not appear within the Passport.
  • Fixed an issue where certain messages would display in English for users playing in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, or Russian.
  • Fixed an issue where animal residents would talk about pumpkins when given a bamboo shoot.
  • Fixed an issue where it was no longer possible to jump over a river based on the location of certain furniture.
  • Additional notes: the a, b, c, etc. updates are small updates required for special events. They are downloaded automatically by launching the game while being connected to the internet.
  • Source: Nintendo

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Ver. 1.5.0 and Ver. 1.5.0 a/b/b/etc

  • Release date: September 29th 2020 (North America) / September 30th 2020 (Europe, Japan)
  • Patch notes:

General updates

  • A new seasonal event, Halloween, has been added.
  • Pumpkins (produce item) and DIY projects that use pumpkins have been added.
  • Added new features for visiting dream islands with Luna: the ability to choose your destination from a list of previously visited dream islands and the ability to favorite previously visited dream islands.
  • It is now possible to hide items that are not for sale by pressing the Y Button when viewing the catalog via Nook Shopping.

Fixed issues

  • Other adjustments were made to improve the gameplay experience.
  • List of changes:
  • Halloween Preparations (October)
    • Gather candy to prep for Halloween
    • Grow pumpkins for DIY recipes
    • Get serious about your costume
  • Halloween Night (October 31st from 5PM to 12PM)
    • Jack, the czar of Halloween makes an appearance
    • Have fun giving out candy & seeing costumes
  • Use NookLink to easily perform Reactions (coming in Early October)
  • Adds a list of the Islands you have previously visited in a Dream. Also adds an option to add a visited island to your favourites.
  • Adds the Ring-Con decoration as present for updating to Ver. 1.5.0
  • Additional notes: the a, b, c, etc. updates are small updates required for special events. They are downloaded automatically by launching the game while being connected to the internet.
  • Source: Nintendo

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Ver. 1.4.2 and Ver. 1.4.2a/b/b/etc

  • Release date: August 20th 2020 (North America) / August 21st 2020 (Europe, Japan)
  • Patch notes:

General updates
The following issues have been addressed:

  • From Ver. 1.4.1:
    • Fixed issue where the “sumo ring” would not display properly.
  • From Ver. 1.4.0:
    • Fixed issue where the game would shut down under certain conditions when dreaming.
    • Fixed issue where shining soil would improperly appear behind buildings and other places.
    • Fixed issue where specific message cards sent from animal residents the player is close friends with would not arrive in the player’s mailbox as intended.
  • From Ver. 1.3.0:
    • Changed the MTU when playing with others from 1364 to 1240 in order to investigate an issue where players cannot play with others in certain network environments.
  • Additional notes: the a, b, c, etc. updates are small updates required for special events. They are downloaded automatically by launching the game while being connected to the internet.
  • Source: Nintendo

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Ver. 1.4.1 and Ver. 1.4.1a/b/b/etc

  • Release date: August 5th 2020 (North America) / August 6th 2020 (Europe, Japan)
  • Patch notes:

General updates
The following issues that occurred in Ver. 1.4.0 have been fixed:

  • Fixed an issue where trees could mature and contain things other than the normal fruit, etc.
  • Fixed an issue where shining soil disappears after returning to your own island after a dream and buried Bells appear in that location instead.
  • Fixed an issue where the player swings their shovel through the air when attempting to hit a rock placed at a certain location.
  • Additional notes: the a, b, c, etc. updates are small updates required for special events. They are downloaded automatically by launching the game while being connected to the internet.
  • Source: Nintendo

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Ver. 1.4.0 and Ver. 1.4.0a/b/b/etc (Summer Update Wave 2

  • Release date: July 29th 2020 (North America) / July 30th 2020 (Europe, Japan)
  • Patch notes:
  • General updates
    • A new seasonal event, Fireworks Shows, has been added.
    • New limited-time seasonal items have been added to Nook Shopping.
    • A new feature was added to the NookPhone Camera app, allowing you to turn off the guide information by pressing in the R Stick.
    • The “funny glasses” item now matches up with player skin color variations.
  • Online connectivity features
    • A new feature allows you to sleep in a bed and meet Luna. You can upload a dream of your island via the internet or visit other uploaded dream islands.
    • New features have been added to the Custom Designs Portal. You can now search by design name or type. You can now create a list of favorite creators.
    • A new feature has been added for backing up save data to Nintendo’s servers via the internet. You can use backed up save data with the island backup restoration service if your Nintendo Switch system is lost or broken.
      • You must be a member of Nintendo Switch Online and enable backups within Animal Crossing: New Horizons to use this new feature.
      • Save data cannot be restored at a customer’s discretionary timing. If your system is broken, you must contact Nintendo Support to start a repair request. If you have lost your system, you must contact Nintendo Support.
      • This feature does not allow save data (island data) to be transferred to a different system. We currently plan on adding a save data transfer feature within 2020. Information on the feature and timing will be announced at a future time.
    • Learn more about the island backup restoration service.
  • Fixed issues
    • Other adjustments were made to improve the game play experience.
  • List of changes:

 

  • Fireworks Shows – Enjoy atmospheric fireworks lighting up the sky above your island every Sunday in August at 7 p.m. Get in the spirit by redeeming Bells for raffle tickets in the plaza to get various festive items that you can use. Put your personal spin on the fireworks display by using your own custom design pattern to see it shot in the air as a firework in the sky!
  • Dreaming – You can now choose to take a nap in any bed placed in your home. While dozing off, you may find yourself in a strange realm where you’ll be greeted by Luna. Luna offers visits to other islands as a dream, and with her help, you can share your island as a dream with others too. She will grant those who share their island a “Dream Address” which players can exchange and use to visit each other’s island in a dream. In dreams, nothing is permanent because nothing you do is saved, so explore to your heart’s content.
  • Island Backup & Restoration Service – Nintendo Switch Online members can enable the new island backup service, which automatically uploads island and user save data to the internet at certain times. If your Nintendo Switch system is lost or damaged, you may be able to recover your island paradise as long as you’ve enabled island backup. In the event of loss or damage, contact Nintendo Consumer Support about restoring the island and user save data on your new or repaired Nintendo Switch system. After your island data and individual player data is restored, you can get back to building your island community! Additional details can be found on the Nintendo Consumer Support page when the update goes live. The island backup feature is separate from the Save Data Cloud functionality offered for select Nintendo Switch games through Nintendo Switch Online. A function specific to Animal Crossing: New Horizons to move users and save data to another system is planned for later this year. Details will be announced in the future.     

 

  • Additional notes: the a, b, c, etc. updates are small updates required for special events. They are downloaded automatically by launching the game while being connected to the internet.
  • Source: Nintendo

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Ver. 1.3.1 and Ver. 1.3.1a/b/b/etc

  • Release date: July 9th 2020 (North America) / July 10th 2020 (Europe, Japan)
  • Patch notes:
  • Fixed the following issues:
    • Addressed issue where players could not properly use a zen bridge or red zen bridge placed on top of a cliff (third tier).
    • Addressed issue where a wet suit would not be available for sale within Nook’s Cranny.
    • Addressed issue where hermit crabs would appear in places other than the beach.
    • Addressed issue where a dialogue bubble would improperly appear after speaking with island residents.
  • Additional notes: the a, b, c, etc. updates are small updates required for special events. They are downloaded automatically by launching the game while being connected to the internet.
  • Source: Nintendo

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Ver. 1.3.0 and Ver. 1.3.0a/b/b/etc (Summer Update Wave 1)

  • Release date: July 2nd 2020 (North America) / July 3rd 2020 (Europe, Japan)
  • Patch notes:
  • General Updates
    • Players can now wear a wet suit and go diving in the ocean.
    • Players can now catch sea creatures while diving, which they can then donate to the museum.
    • Players can now encounter new visiting characters somewhere on the island.
    • Nook Miles can now be traded for new items.
    • New seasonal items have been added to the Nook Shopping catalog, available for limited time only.
  • Fixed the following issues:
    • The names of several fish have been fixed in Korean and Simplified Chinese.
    • Addressed issues to further ensure an enjoyable gaming experience.
  • List of changes:
  • Swimming and Diving – Grab a wet suit and get aquatically acquainted with your island marine life when swimming and diving arrive to Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Swim in the inviting waters off the coast of your island and dive to discover and scoop up sea creatures that inhabit your island’s ecosystem. Keep your eyes peeled for any prospective additions to the museum, and make sure to listen for fun facts from Blathers when you donate your new discoveries.
  • Pascal Brings Rewarding Recipes – While swimming, you might meet someone new! The friendly visitor Pascal seems to love scallops, and if you discover one while diving, he may ask you if he can have it. As a thank you, he’ll share some of his mermaid-themed DIY recipes.
  • Gulliver? – After downloading the free update, a familiar face will occasionally wash up on shore, but sporting slightly different, pirate-like clothing. Offer him a helping hand and he’ll send a special reward to show his gratitude. 
  • Diving suit and various Summer items added to the Store
  • Present: you can get a snorkel as present for downloading the update!
  • Additional notes: the a, b, c, etc. updates are small updates required for special events. They are downloaded automatically by launching the game while being connected to the internet.
  • Source: Nintendo

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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