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Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.0 Update

The long-stagnant game has finally returned - And this time, it's actually finished. 

Let's look at a little at what's arrived!

Photog Fabulous

The new camera features and filters are so fun. I love the eye-level view and being able to turn the camera on its axis.

Which axis? You tell me.

Fun fact; As I don't have Nintendo Online right now*, I sent these images to my smartphone via QR codes and a closed, ad-hoc network. Much easier than sending 4 at a time to my private Twitter and saving them.

* (Hint: Buy the Happy Home Paradise DLC before you buy the Nintendo Online Premium service; Then you have a copy to play with after your membership expires, as opposed to it being a 'feature' of the membership you can lose)

There are also neat new filters in the in-game camera:

The first (surveillance) and third (retro) are definitely new.


Coffee Break

Brewster is finally back! One of my favorite pastimes in New Leaf was running to the beach where I had placed The Roost, and drinking a bit of sim-coffee.

When you forget to ask for decaf.

I wish The Roost was an individual building, but it's no less exciting. After a bit of searching and grinding that introduces more new elements, 2 days later, you get The Roost.

You can invite a villager or NPC via amiibo to come and have a cuppa.


You can only invite one villager at a time - You'll be asked if you want to kick out the current visitor if you try to invite another. That's a little petty, after all, there are a plethora of empty seats there!

New Friends Found

The 8 new villagers are, like the other villager types simply reskins with the same personality dialogue as all the others. The important things are the aesthetics.

People are sleeping on Quinn. Image from Nookipedia.

Some are returning from 20 years of absence in the series sporting new names - For example, Champagne the yellow dog is now Frett.

He's just happy to be back!

II am really excited to have Shino as my peppy girl!

Her catchphrase is "Okaaay", I imagine it like Ness' taunt from the original Smash Bros.

Visitation Rights Return

In previous AC games, villagers used to drop by unannounced. Why this virtual camaraderie was removed for NH is a mystery, but it's back now, and they are polite enough to ask if they can visit.

They can also visit other rooms; You have to walk into them first, but they will follow!


Tree to be You and Me

Remember those 'new features' you had to go through to get Brewster? One of those was visiting Kapp'n by the docks. He'll take you to some islands separate from the Nook Miles Ticket (NMT) islands. They offer a variety of choices, my favorites being those with new vegetation, such as vines and glowing moss. 

I was so stoked for this, as I wanted my island to be a giant jungle. The deciduous trees weren't cutting it. The triangular shrubs are also a nice touch for a more cultivated look.

The feeling when your planet is no longer under a blockade by the Trade Federation.

There are also more new tree items you can purchase from Nook's, or get from Villagers. Even better!


Several items had built-in stove burners, and now we can finally put them to use by making a variety of food. Seriously, there's so much. I can't wait to find all the ingredients and grow them - Yep, we can grow food too!

Not a tomato smoothie. I did make tomato sauce though.

This has been the unexpected joy of the update for me. There's so much variety - I've made quite a few fish options. And they give more buffs than simply eating a piece of fruit. Giving the food or plain vegetables to my villagers is my favorite part.

A jock would appreciate a good veggie! 
I'm working on a third iteration of my tourism page. Both are under the projects link, and the previous one can be found here . There are more features I haven't unlocked yet - Search them if you like, I won't spoil you - and I'm glad with what we have so far.


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