Animal Crossing New Horizons Festivale event begins mid-February

Time to party!

A special Animal Crossing New Horizons Festivale event will kick off mid-February, Nintendo has today advised.

An update, available from 28 January, will prepare the game for the actual event and also includes new, immediate items. All up, the update includes:

  • Festivale Event – Feel the heat with the colourful Festivale event! On 15th February, Dancer Pavé will arrive to the island’s plaza to usher in some confetti and carnival spirit.
  • New Reactions – To express excitement for the Festivale, the Viva Festivale Reaction Set can be purchased for in-game bells from the shelf at Nook’s Cranny for a limited time and includes the reactions Feelin’ It, Let’s Go, Viva and Confetti.
  • New costumes – Starting 1st February, Festivale costumes will be available at Able Sisters for a limited time, so that players can get their groove on in style.
  • Seasonal items – New seasonal items will be available at Nook Shopping. Players can celebrate the sentimental season with chocolate hearts and heart-shaped bouquets, which will be available for purchase beginning 1st February and running through 14th February. There will also be other items related to Lunar New Year and Big Game Celebration for certain periods during January and February.

Another update is expected in March.

Moreover, Nintendo has advised that a Sanrio Collaboration Pack will be available from 26 March, offering a six-pack of Amiibo cards that can be used in New Horizons and other titles. You can check out the card pack below, alongside a trailer for Festivale itself.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is planned for March, so please stay tuned for further details to come.


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