Animal Crossing: How to Unlock Upcoming Toy Day Event in New Horizons

Published 12/04/2020, 1:24 AM EST


Nintendo released the Winter Update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons a few weeks ago. As a result, the Toy Day event will arrive in the game later this month. The update also locked upcoming holidays and events beyond real-world times to stop time travelers from experiencing these events early.

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The most recent example of this was the Turkey Day event for Thanksgiving at the end of November. The winter update added the event to the game, but players could not access it until the actual date of the event. While unlocking Turkey Day worked fine for the majority of players; unfortunately, some could not participate in the event and missed out on meeting Franklin.

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To avoid repeating the same situation, Nintendo has provided some requirements that players need to meet to ensure they properly unlock the Toy Day event on their New Horizons island on December 24. The company released the information in Japanese, which Animal Crossing World has translated.

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Requirements to unlock and start Toy Day event in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Players need to fulfill the following five requirements to smoothly enjoy the Toy Day event on December 24 in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

  • Download software update version 1.6.0.

Ensure you have the latest 1.6.0 update installed, which is the Winter Update. To check the software version, press the ‘+’ Button on the JoyCon to access options from the HOME Menu.

  • Link user with Nintendo account.

One of the users playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons needs to have their profile linked to a Nintendo account. Linking all users is not necessary.

  • Complete the Resident Services building.

To experience all elements of the upcoming event, you need to renovate the Resident Services from a tent to a building by December 24. Otherwise, the event won’t start.

  • Set time & date of Nintendo Switch to the actual time & date.

The in-game time of New Horizons is linked to the Nintendo Switch’s clock. Therefore, you need to ensure the console’s time and date match the actual date of December 24, 2020, when you log in on Toy Day. Otherwise, the event won’t occur.

  • After December 24th, in real-time, start Animal Crossing: New Horizons with the user linked to a Nintendo account while connected to the internet.

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Make sure the version displayed on the title screen is “1.6.0c”. This indicates the requirements have been met, and the event will start. After reaching “1.6.0c“, it no longer requires an internet connection.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons players should not face any problems taking part in the upcoming Toy Day by following these guidelines to unlock the event. Meanwhile, those interested can check out Mayor Mori‘s video about the same for a better understanding.

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Souhardya Biswas is an eSports writer for EssentiallySports. He joined the organisation in 2020, wanting to explore the sphere of professional eSports journalism. His passion for gaming started with titles like GTA San Andreas, Far Cry 2, Modern Warfare 2, FIFA 09, eventually developing an interest in Battle Royale games like PUBG and Apex Legends.

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