Animal Crossing: New Horizons is out tomorrow, March 20, on Nintendo Switch, and old and new fans are all pretty excited about it. The first New Horizons update is already out if you’ve pre-loaded. New Horizons patch 1.10 introduces the game’s online components and gets it ready for holidays. Here’s what it’s all about.
The news was originally posted on the Nintendo Japan site, and Nintendo Everything translated.
First and foremost, the 1.10 patch lets you experience the first holiday in New Horizons: Bunny Day. You’ll need a Nintendo Account linked to your Switch, and you’ll also need an internet connection so you can set the game to the 1.10a status. The Nintendo JP site’s info reads:
*Please note that even if the update data has been downloaded , the event will not start just by changing the main body date to the date and time of the Easter period. After April 1, 2020 in real time, it is necessary to start the software with the main unit connected to the Internet and set the version to “1.1.0a”.
* In order to experience Easter, it is necessary to link the user with the Nintendo account and play the console in a place with Internet communication environment after the date.
New Horizons‘ 1.10 patch introduces online components too. If you’ve got a Nintendo Switch Online account, you can go online to visit other people’s islands or invite them to yours, handy if you’re tired of the folks on your island already.
Having an NSO account also gets you the chance for a special Animal Crossing-themed rug you can exchange Nook Miles for. If you don’t know what those are, check out our Animal Crossing: New Horizons recap to get up to speed.
The NookLink feature, which is basically a QR code scanner, also comes with the update and lets you create and scan codes for custom designs.
Finally, after you update the game, you get a special Nintendo Switch furniture item delivered straight to your tent (or home, if you’re very industrious early on). If you were lucky enough to get one of those limited edition New Horizons‘ Switch systems, your furniture piece will reflect that.
Stay tuned to GameSkinny for our Animal Crossing: New Horizons review in the coming days.