Animal Crossing New Horizons save data backup coming today

Animal Crossing New Horizons save data backup is coming today in a new update that also adds fireworks shows and dreams, Nintendo has advised.

The update, available 30 July, contains the following benefits:

  • Fireworks Shows: Atmospheric fireworks light up the sky above players’ islands every Sunday in August at 7 p.m [local time]. Players can use Bells to redeem raffle tickets in the plaza to get various festive items. They can also add a personal touch to the fireworks by using custom design patterns.
  • Dreaming – Players can now choose to take a nap on the bed placed in their home. While dozing off, they may find themselves in a strange realm, having a dreamy encounter with Luna. Luna offers visits to other islands as a dream, and with her help, players can share their island as a dream with others too. She will grant those who share their island a “Dream Address” which players can exchange and use to visit each other’s island in a dream. In dreams, nothing is permanent because nothing players do is saved, so they may explore to their heart’s content.
  • Island backup and restoration service – Nintendo Switch Online members can enable the new island backup service, which allows island and user save data to be uploaded to the internet at certain times. If a player’s Nintendo Switch system is lost, damaged or stolen, they may be able to recover their island paradise as long as they’ve enabled island backup.

Another free update is planned for later in the year.

Animal Crossing New Horizons is available now on Nintendo Switch.

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