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The official update history for New Horizons can be found here.

Past versions[]


The original version of the game released on the initial physical cartridges. Contains a complete, playable version of the game, minus any additions, changes, and fixes included in any subsequent versions.


Released on March 19th, 2020, one day before the launch of the game.

  • Added Bunny Day and Zipper T. Bunny
  • Item names now use Title Case instead of all-lowercase.
  • Added NookLink features. The "Save Data settings" on the title screen was replaced with the generic label "Settings".
  • All players who downloaded the update receive a Nintendo Switch furniture item in-game. The player also received an ACNH Nintendo Switch, if they had the exclusive ACNH joycons.


Released on March 26th, 2020.


After being announced during a Nintendo Direct Mini on March 26th, 2020, the update was unlocked on April 1st, 2020.


Released on April 2nd, 2020.


Released on April 3rd, 2020.


Released on April 6th, 2020.

  • Fixed an issue where Flick would give a different model on the next day when given three Scarab beetles for a commission.
  • Readjusted frequency of Bunny Day eggs prior to April 11th, 2020.[3]

1.2.0 - Earth Day Update[]

NH-update-Earth Day banner image

After being teased during the Nintendo Direct Mini on March 26th, 2020, this update was officially announced with a trailer uploaded on April 21st. The update was released on April 23rd, 2020.[4]

  • Added Leif as a traveling merchant.
    • Added bushes, sold by Leif.
    • Leif also sells flower seeds that aren't usually for sale in the local Nook's Cranny.
  • Added Redd
  • Museum expansion
    • Added an art gallery. Requires donating at least one genuine work of art to Blathers before it appears.
  • Upcoming events
  • Interest rates for the ABD were reduced from 0.5% to 0.05%.
  • Nook Inc. shirts based on the ones Isabelle and Timmy and Tommy wear were made redeemable via Nook Miles.
  • Players who downloaded this update received a world map from Nintendo and a bell-bag rug from Nook Bank.
  • The 'switch' item was renamed to 'light switch'.
  • Minor typos in dialogue were fixed.

This update also reworked the bug spawning algorithm in the game. Spawn rates were unified for all insects across all months instead of independent spawn percentages. For example, moths were a spawn rate of 25 during May-Feb, in March they were more common at a rate of 37, and less common in April at a rate of 22. As of 1.2 every month has a spawn rate of 25. In addition, the spawn rate of bugs was modified. Generally, the more valuable bugs were decreased and the less valuable were increased. This affects both the player's island and mystery tours.

Decreased bug appearance rates:
  • Peacock Butterfly down from 30% to 5%
  • Emperor Butterfly & Great Purple Emperor Butterfly both down from 10% to 5%
  • Atlas Moth down from 9%-10% to 5%
  • Banded Dragonfly down from 10% to 7%
  • Scarab Beetle down from 5% to 3%
  • Giant Stag down from 10% to 5%
  • Rainbow Stag down from 10% to 7%
  • Tarantula and Scorpion both down from 3%-6% to 2%
Increased bug appearance rates:
  • Stinkbug up from 20% to 40%
  • Tiger Beetle up from 9%-10% to 15%
  • Horned Dynastid up from 30% to 35%
  • Cherry-Blossom Petals (which use bug spawn rate) up from 135% to 150%

This update removed 2 Mystery Island Tours and readjusted the encounter rates for the remaining islands. The island rates that were changed appear to discourage bell income gains.

Removed mystery tour islands:
  • Big Fish/Hybrid Island
  • Hybrid Flower Island
Increased mystery tour island appearance rates:
  • Short River up from 9% to 9.68%
  • Short River and Pond up from 9% to 9.68%
  • Spiral River up from 9% to 9.68%
  • Fidget Spinner up from 9% to 9.68%
  • Sister Fruit up from 9% to 10%
  • Curly River up from 5% to 8%
  • Falls up from 5% to 10%
Decreased mystery tour island appearance rates:
  • Mountain down from 9% to 8%
  • Scorpion/Money Rock down from 2% to 1%
  • Rugged Tree down from 2% to 1.5%
  • Big Fish (formally Big Fish 2) down from 3% to 2%
  • Trash down from 5% to 1%
  • Finned Fish down from 1% to 0.5%
  • Gold Rock/Scorpion down from 1% to 0.3%


Released on May 21st, 2020.

  • Addressed issues to further ensure an enjoyable gaming experience (no new features, only bug fixes; fixes item duplication glitch)
Unlocked from June 1st, 2020 onward:
  • Wilbur gains the ability to buy items from the player and send items to the player's house storage while the player is visiting Harv's Island. Items sold to Wilbur will only return 80% of their sell value, like the shipping box outside Nook's Cranny.

1.3.0 - Summer Update (Wave 1)[]

July 2020 Update

Released on July 3rd, 2020.

  • Added diving and deep-sea creatures
  • Added Pascal, from whom DIY recipes for the Mermaid series or pearls can be received once per day in exchange for a scallop through diving.
  • Added Gullivarrr, from whom Pirate-themed items can be obtained. He will ask that the player find his communicator by diving.
  • Includes a free snorkel mask accessory for downloading the update
  • The special characters Leif, Saharah, and Kicks are no longer guaranteed to visit each week, ensuring a more even spread of all special character visits[5]
  • K.K. Slider now performs on Sundays when the plaza hosts an event on Saturday, allowing special visitors to appear on all weekdays.
  • Saharah has received changes to her shopping dialog, allowing the player to continue the conversation after buying an item.
    • The following items had their names changed:
  • Cake Dress is now Wedding Dress
  • Writing Chair is now Study Chair
  • Writing Desk is now Study Desk
  • Writing Poster is now Study Poster
Bug fixes:
  • Waterfall hop, multiplayer out of bounds & camera UI glitches were fixed.


Released on July 10th, 2020.[6]

Bug fixes:
  • Zen bridge obstruction glitch
  • Wet suit not being available for sale in Nook's Cranny
  • Hermit crabs appearing in odd places
  • Dialogue bubbles appearing for a split second after speaking to villagers

1.4.0 - Summer Update (Wave 2)[]

Released on July 30th, 2020.

General updates:
  • A new seasonal event, Fireworks Shows, has been added.
  • New limited-time seasonal items have been added to Nook Shopping.
  • A new feature was added to the NookPhone Camera app, allowing the player to turn off the guide information by pressing in the R Stick.
  • The "funny glasses" item now matches up with player skin color variations.
  • Players are given the "fireworks-show wall" wallpaper as a gift for downloading the update.
Online connectivity features:
  • A new feature allows the player to sleep in a bed and meet Luna via dreaming. They can upload a dream of their island via the internet or visit other uploaded dream islands. Once Luna is available, she will mail the player the "Luna's bed" item.
  • New features have been added to the Custom Designs Portal. The player can now search by design name or type. The player can now create a list of favorite creators.
  • A new feature has been added for backing up save data to Nintendo’s servers via the internet. The player can use backed up save data with the island backup restoration service if their Nintendo Switch system is lost or broken.
    • The player must be a member of Nintendo Switch Online and enable backups within Animal Crossing: New Horizons to use this new feature.
    • Save data can't be restored at a customer’s discretionary timing. If the player's system is broken, they must contact Nintendo Support to start a repair request. If they have lost their system, they must contact Nintendo Support.
    • This feature doesn't allow save data (island data) to be transferred to a different system. A save data transfer feature within 2020 is planned. Information on the feature and timing will be announced at a future time.
Fixed issues:
  • Other adjustments were made to improve the game play experience.


Released on August 6th, 2020.

  • Fixed an issue where trees could mature and contain things other than the normal fruit, etc.
  • Fixed an issue where shining soil disappears after returning to their own island after a dream and buried Bells appear in that location instead.
  • Fixed an issue where the player swings their shovel through the air when attempting to hit a rock placed at a certain location.

Texture and icon for the Sumo Ring have been removed, making the flooring appear glitched when placed in a house and invisible in the player's storage.

1.5.0 - Fall Update[]

Released on September 30th, 2020.

  • A new event, Halloween, was added with Jack being introduced as the host. The event takes place on October 31 from 5 PM to 12 AM.
  • Candy, which can be purchased from Nook's Cranny in October and given to villagers on Halloween, was added.
  • Pumpkins can now be grown, which can be used for DIY recipes. There are four different types and pumpkin starts can be purchased from Nook's Cranny or Leif.
  • Four new eye and skin colors were added.
  • Two Reactions, Haunt and Scare, were also added.
  • A Ring Con furniture item was given to the player upon downloading the update.
  • Players are now able to view a list of dreams they have previously visited.
NH Fall Update Promo


Released on October 8th, 2020

  • Fixed an issue where some title keywords obtained via Nook Miles wouldn't appear within the Passport.
  • Fixed an issue where certain messages would display in English for users playing in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, or Russian.
  • Fixed an issue where animal residents would talk about pumpkins when given a bamboo shoot.
  • Fixed an issue where it was no longer possible to jump over a river based on the location of certain furniture.

1.6.0 - Winter Update[]


Official post.

Released on November 19, 2020.


Released on January 27, 2021.

1.8.0 - Super Mario 35th Anniversary Event[]

Released on February 25, 2021.

  • Super Mario items were made available in Nook Shopping.
  • 3 new events with seasonal items were added alongside the update and can be obtained from Nook Shopping.
  • The following 49 items have been added:


Released on March 17, 2021.


Released on April 27, 2021.

Source: TCRF

  • May Day, International Museum Day and a Wedding Season have been enabled; the 2020 events are disabled.
  • A second maze island for May Day is accessible; this one is prioritized for players who already completed the 2020 event, while those who missed out see the original island prioritized. Completing the second island rewards the player with Rover's photo.
  • International Museum Day now features stamps and a plaque for the art exhibit.
  • The Shiromuku, Tsunokakushi, and white hakama with crest clothing items are all purchasable from Able Sisters during Wedding Season.
  • Multiple new Nook Shopping events are added:
    • The Carp Banner furniture item and the Newsprint Helmet clothing item can be purchased in celebration of Children's Day (April 28 to May 5).
    • The Double Gloucester Cheese furniture item can be purchased to commemorate the Cheese Rolling Festival (May 22 to May 31).
    • The Nuptial Bell, Nuptial Doorplate, Nuptial Ring Pillow, and Flower-Petal Basket furniture items can be purchased during Wedding Season throughout the month of June.
    • The Surichwi Tteok and Festival Zongzi furniture items can be purchased in celebration of the Dano Festival and Dragon Boat Festival, respectively (both June 5 to June 14).
    • The Ship Wheel Door Decoration furniture item can be purchased in celebration of Marine Day (July 8 to July 22).
    • The Phrygian Cap clothing item can be purchased in celebration of Le 14 juliet (July 10 to July 20).
  • In addition to the new Nook Shopping events, ones returning from 2020 are modified:
    • Mother's Day (May 1 to May 31) features the Carnations furniture item.
    • Father's Day (June 1 to June 30) features the Thank-You Dad Apron clothing item.
    • The Summer Solstice and Winter Solstice events now occur from June 15 to June 21 and from December 15 to December 21, respectively.
    • The Tanabata event now occurs from July 1 to July 7.
    • The Cowboy Festival event now occurs from July 15 to August 15.
  • Dream Towns can now be exited by pressing the minus button.
  • Fixes a glitch introduced in version 1.9.0 where traveling five or more days into the past rerolls the target week's NPCs every time.
  • The following items have been added:


Released on July 28, 2021


Released on August 9, 2021.

The following issues that occurred in Ver. 1.11.0 have been fixed:

  • Fixed an issue where the DIY Recipes app did not sort DIYs correctly when attempting to sort DIY recipes by date obtained.
  • Fixed an issue where certain items in Harv's Island couldn't be displayed.
  • Fixed an issue where Nook's Cranny couldn't play a different music track 10 minutes before the shop closed.
  • Fixed an issue where clouds wouldn't appear in certain seasons.


NH Promo 2.0

The 2.0.0 version of New Horizons was released at November 4th at 02:00 UTC, 24 hours ahead of its original release date of November 5th, 2021.

As this is the final major free update, a plethora of features were added:


Released on November 11, 2021.

Free Update[]

  • Fixed an issue where the player asks to remodel a resident’s home while the airport gate is open.
  • The Kiki & Lala wand item was mistakenly appearing in Nook Shopping as “Not for sale.”
  • The coconut juice and frozen-treat set items would not appear under the Miscellaneous tab for DIY Recipes.
  • The flowing-river flooring item would not display properly in Photopia or expanded player homes when placed horizontally.
  • Some residents would try to cook using something other than a kitchen item in their home.
  • Fixed an issue where residents visiting a player’s home would talk as if they were in the Roost café.

Happy Home Paradise DLC[]

  • Fixed an issue that would allow players to proceed with the game without designing the school when normally the school would need to be designed.
  • An error when using amiibo to change members at a facility.
  • The player could obtain turnips countless times from Joan in the hospital.
  • The ripe sugarcane plant item would be unlocked by obtaining tomatoes.


Released on November 18, 2021

Free Update[]

  • During one of Kapp’n’s boat tours, Brewster could overlap with the player and prevent the player from moving.
  • Kapp’n’s sea shanty song could stop playing and prevent the game from proceeding.
  • Selecting the “How does this work?” option when starting Group Stretching during a multiplayer session could prevent the game from proceeding.
  • The poster for Orville would be available via Nook Shopping after inviting Orville to Photopia; same goes for Wilbur.
  • Placing certain furniture items on the pier could prevent the player from being able to speak with Kapp’n.
  • The Warp Pipe's function would stop working after the player discussed buying furniture from a resident inside the resident’s home.
  • Fixed an issue when the music for Group Stretching sometimes wouldn’t play if an audio device close to the plaza was playing music.
  • The Nook Miles+ activity “Visit the Roost for a Coffee Break” appearing multiple times on the same day.

Happy Home Paradise DLC[]

  • The software would close when the player tried to lead Leif to the school and the placement of the furniture items in the school met certain requirements.
  • The software could close when the player repeatedly used amiibo at a finished vacation home to add or remove guests.
  • Using amiibo multiple times to change the members used in a facility could cause the software to close.
  • The Y Button could stop removing guests when the player repeatedly used amiibo to add a guest and then remove the guest using the Y Button.
  • While working, a design portfolio photo could continue to display in the upper-left of the screen after speaking to a client on the north beach.
  • Fixed an issue when Bells would be spent in addition to Poki when the player ordered a present for another resident through Wardell.
  • The message card regarding refunding miles for the Pro Decorating License could be sent multiple times.
  • The roommates would not appear in a follow-up scene if their shared vacation home situation ended while in the yard of their vacation home.


Released on November 23, 2021.

Fixed Issues related to DLC

The following issues related to the paid DLC Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise have been fixed.

  • Fixed an issue where items could be duplicated through a specific method.
  • Fixed an issue where the same character could appear twice on the island where Paradise Planning is located.


Fixed Issues

  • Fixed an issue where the ”ladder set-up kit” could disappear when the game was saved with the “ladder set-up kit” placed on the diagonal cliff on the third tier of a cliff formation.
  • Fixed an issue where under ”Seasonal Recipes” for DIY recipes, the ”maple-leaf rug” and “frozen floor tiles” were not being displayed under the appropriate seasons.
  • Other fixes have also been made for more enjoyable gameplay.

Fixed Issues related to DLC

The following issues related to the paid DLC Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise have been fixed.

  • Fixed an issue where facility members wearing clothing that uses Custom Designs appear to not be wearing any clothing.
    • A bug that causes animals working in certain facilities in Happy Home Paradise to appear naked has been patched.
  • Fixed an issue in ”Showroom”, where uploading player’s facilities after visiting another player’s facilities resulted in members of player’s facilities appearing as island residents that visited the facilities.
  • Other fixes have also been made for more enjoyable gameplay.


Ver. 2.0.5 (Released February 15, 2022)

Fixed Issues

  • Fixed an issue where the player could not progress through the explanation about Photopia under specific conditions after moving to another island.
  • Fixed an issue where the game would not progress after a message was displayed when a conversation had started and a lot of furniture items had been placed on the island.
  • Fixed an issue where Luna would repeat the explanation related to the “Search by island name.” option over again.
  • Fixed an issue where island residents would wear custom designs as a different pattern type than how the custom design was displayed in the tailor shop.
  • Fixed an issue where an island resident visiting a player’s home would remain in the player’s home after the player used the Room Sketch app, the Happy Home Network app, or the Custom Designs Portal during the visit.
  • Fixed an issue where a player would use a door decoration when remodeling the home of an island resident, but the door decoration would sometimes be removed when a new day started.
  • Other adjustments and corrections were made to improve the game play experience.

Fixed Issues related to DLC

The following issues related to the paid DLC Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise have been fixed.

  • Fixed an issue where the player could not progress past the loading screen when trying to revisit a vacation home if the player previously released an ant or fly in the yard of that vacation home while the conditions for ants or flies to appear were not met.
  • Fixed an issue where subsequent events would not progress properly if the player closed the software during a specific point while working on a facility.
  • Other adjustments and corrections were made to improve the game play experience.

Current version[]


Ver. 2.0.6 (Released November 14, 2022)


  • Several issues have been addressed to improve the gameplay experience.


Versions can have an appended letter to their version number. These will only be applied if the player has an active internet connection while the player's date is synced with Nintendo Servers, and display alongside the version installed on the title screen (for example, 1.7.0 a).

  • These letters represent event triggers that apply for a limited time.
  • These aren't installed by the Nintendo Switch system software. Rather, they are automatically applied when the game is started via the conditions explained above. This means that the software info menu will show the version of the game without the letter.
  • These seem to stay on the screen after an event finishes and only go away once a new update gets released while there is no event active.