Animal Crossing: New Horizons offers hours of fun all year round, but as veteran players know, things get even more exciting when in-game events take over your precious island.
As you might expect, the holiday season is a particularly happy time – this weekend so many social media users shared videos of the island’s New Year’s countdown as we entered 2021, and Christmas events such as Toy Day got the long wait for Santa̵
But unfortunately, not everyone will have been able to enjoy these events. For these events to be played out in the game, players must reach a certain point of progress when they build up the island and open the town hall. Depending on how you choose to play, this may take a while to complete, and anyone who has not yet met the requirements will not be able to see any of these special events in any shape or form.
Usually this can not seem like a big deal – unlocking more content by accomplishing tasks in the game feels rewarding, right? – but what about all the new players who will have received a copy of the game during the solemn period, possibly provided they could attend the celebration Nintendo has announced?
For the Nintendo Life reader, Dennis, this exact situation caused disappointment for the whole family:
“My wife and I and my two children love Animal Crossing, and everyone has a copy of New Leaf on our 3DS systems. We especially like the Christmas and New Year events. We only owned a single Nintendo Switch, so we had no games there. , for Christmas – where I surprised my wife and kids with a Switch Lite each, including Animal Crossing.
We were really looking forward to playing the Christmas and New Year events in New Horizons … We played for several hours every day, but at Christmas and New Year nothing happened on our islands. No gifts, no countdown, not even a mention of it.
It turns out that for everything event-related to happen, you have to level the center. My wife played most every day and managed to do this on January 2nd, my kids and I are still on it. So for everyone who got a switch and animal cruising for Christmas, it was impossible to participate in Xmas and New Years events. What a disappointment. There was nothing for new players, not even a review or anything else. “
A quick chat in Nintendo Life HQ reveals that a young family member also became ugly with the problem during the holidays, as they had not yet completed the necessary tasks. Solutions for progression and content have been a thing of the game for as long as we can remember, so it’s hard to complain about the exercise used here, but can lock new players out of special, time-specific events considered a little overview from Nintendo, especially around the holiday season?
Have you encountered a similar problem with New Horizons this holiday? Had you already played enough of the game to watch the celebration? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments below.