Animal Crossing: New Horizons free update launches January 28, adds ‘Festivale’ event, seasonal items, more

Feel the heat with the colorful Festivale event filled with dancing and flying feathers.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Nintendo will release a free update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons on January 28, which adds the “Festivale” event, new reactions, new clothing, and seasonal items, the company announced.

Here is an overview of the update’s new features, via Nintendo:

January 28 Update

Beginning January 28, the new update will add the following features to the game:

  • Festivale Event – Feel the heat with the colorful Festivale event filled with dancing and flying feathers! On February 15, Dancer Pavé will arrive to your island’s plaza** to usher in some confetti and carnival spirit. On the day of the event you can capture colorful feathers floating on your island with your net and trade them to Pavé to receive a passionate dance number in return. Rainbow feathers seem to be an especially rare sight, so be sure to catch them and trade them with Pavé. Invite friends over to your island or visit theirs to partake in the festivities together.
  • New Reactions – If you want to express your excitement for Festivale, you’ll now have a range of new Reactions to choose from. The Viva Festival Reaction Set can be purchased with in-game Bells from the shelf at Nook’s Cranny for a limited time and includes Feelin’ It, Let’s Go, Viva and Confetti.
  • New Clothing – Starting February 1, Festivale clothing will be available at the Able Sisters shop for a limited time. Now you can get your Festivale groove on in style with these fashionable looks!
  • Seasonal Items – Make sure to keep an eye out for seasonal items at the Nook Stop in Resident Services and through Nook Shopping. Celebrate the sentimental season with chocolate hearts and heart-shaped bouquets, which will be available for purchase beginning February 1 and running through February 14. There will also be other items related to Groundhog Day and Big Game Celebration available for certain periods during January and February!

Animal Crossing Sanrio Collaboration Pack

Also, starting March 26, the Animal Crossing Sanrio Collaboration Pack will be available for purchase exclusively at Target stores across the U.S. at a suggested retail price of $5.99. The Animal Crossing Sanrio Collaboration Pack contains all six amiibo cards from this unique Sanrio Collaboration Series! You’ll be able to use these vibrantly designed amiibo cards in compatible games. Further details will be revealed in the future.

Another update is planned for release in March.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is available now for Switch.

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