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Nintendo finally gave us the Animal Crossing Direct we’d been waiting for

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    For months, fans have waited to learn more about the upcoming ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ game scheduled for 20th March. In recent weeks, it seemed like we were never going to get a Direct dedicated to the new release. However, Nintendo finally delighted us all by dropping a 25-minute video on the game, and it didn’t disappoint.

    The first half of the video mainly covered details we already knew about, like the fact that you can craft furniture and place it outside. However, during this segment, we also learned new information, including how the mail system works in this game. Players now write their residents postcards at the airport, rather than sending them letters from the town hall.

    This is a small feature, yes, but that’s what the Direct was full of. The video touched on plenty of minor things because these all contribute to the gaming experience. ‘Animal Crossing’ obviously has its gimmicks, but it’s things like fast travelling with your Nook Phone or swapping tools with an inventory wheel that make all the difference.

    Of course, the Direct did feature some big new announcements. That included the opportunity to go on mystery tours where you fly to an unknown island full of bugs, fish, crafting materials, and potential new villagers. The experience is different every time, so it’s bound to keep players coming back for more.

    The video also revealed that you can now choose where buildings like the Museum and the Able Sisters will go when they eventually come to your island. Plus, we got a look at some of the new special characters replacing the likes of Joan, Nat, and Chip. Will these NPCs be in the game at all? We don’t know yet, but we did see Savannah, Label, Wisp, and many more all make an appearance. Plus, we had confirmation that holidays, including Toy Day and Bunny Day, will be returning in free updates, complete with their associated characters.

    Other features mentioned included the option to build slopes into cliffs, design your house using enhanced ‘Happy Home Designer’ features, and even change the shape of the river. There was so much good stuff to unpick, and it all looked stunning. We expect this was only a fraction of what the game has to offer, with Nintendo wanting us to discover the rest by ourselves. We’re okay with that.

    With just a month left until the game’s release, it won’t be much longer until we get to enjoy all this amazing new content for ourselves. The wait won’t be easy, especially after everything we’ve just seen. However, this title has been years in the making; we can manage a few more weeks.