Animal Crossing: New Horizons January Update Brings the Carnival Spirit and Seasonal Items

Published 01/27/2021, 2:37 AM EST


Since releasing in March last year, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has received periodic updates that add fresh content to the game. The much-anticipated January update has been scheduled to launch this week, on January 28. Nintendo has dropped a new trailer, revealing the events and features coming to the game with the update.

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This free update will bring the carnival spirit to the New Horizons islands, alongside some seasonal additions, new reactions, and purchasable items. However, the primary attraction will be the Festivale event, marking the return of the peacock character Pavé.

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Pavé brings the festivities of Festivale to Animal Crossing: New Horizons this February

The trailer from Nintendo details what players can expect to see in the game following the new update’s launch. Dancer Pavé will arrive at the island’s plaza on February 15 to kick-start the Festivale event filled with confetti, dancing, and flying feathers.

On the day of the event, players can collect colorful feathers floating around on their island and bring them to Pavé to witness his passionate dances. Players might want to ensure that they catch some rare rainbow feathers and trade them with the cheerful peacock.

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To help players express their excitement for the event, Nintendo will include the Viva Festival Reaction Set. Purchasable from Nook’s Cranny for a limited time, this set features a range of new reactions, including Feelin’ It, Let’s Go, Viva, and Confetti. Limited-time Festivale clothing will also become available at the Able Sisters shop beginning February 1.

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Other seasonal additions coming to New Horizons with the January update

As for the seasonal items, players can get their hands on themed products in the buildup to Valentine’s Day. Chocolate hearts and heart-shaped bouquets will become available at Nook Stop and through Nook Shopping, from February 1 to February 14. Additional items for Groundhog Day and Big Game Celebration will also be available during January and February.

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The latest trailer also contains a teaser for Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ next major update. Towards the end of the trailer, Nintendo teases the free update scheduled for March, which should introduce the Super Mario crossover event.

At this moment, we don’t exactly know what Mario-themed content to expect from the March update. But players can look forward to learning more regarding the same from a similar trailer in the coming months. For now, the priority is to meet Pave and enjoy the festivities of Festivale.

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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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