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5 Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct Predictions

By Sam Woods

October 13, 2021

We’re now just a couple of days away from the hotly anticipated Animal Crossing Direct.

After selling more than 32 million copies and becoming the second best selling game on the Nintendo Switch, the game has all but been abandoned.

Thankfully, not for much longer as Nintendo will be sharing what they have planned for the future of the game, with the hope of pulling lapsed players back in.

Here are our predictions for what Nintendo could announce for Animal Crossing: New Horizons during the upcoming Direct.

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The Legend of Zelda Collaboration

For Super Mario Bros. 35th anniversary, Nintendo held a really cool crossover with Animal Crossing.

This event saw players able to purchase a bunch of neat Mario items, including furniture, wallpaper, clothing and more.

Now, in 2021, The Legend of Zelda celebrates a similar anniversary and there’s not much I’d like to see more than another crossover between the two behemoths.

It would be great to get a similar range of items as the Mario event, but also, maybe it’s time to bring back some of the Zelda villagers!

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Island Expansion

Rumours have been floating about for a little while now that Animal Crossing: New Horizons would be getting an island size increase.

The rumours stated that the parameters of the islands had received a slight coordinate change in a recent update, so what better time to announce this than the Animal Crossing Direct.

Returning Favourites

It’s safe to say that when ACNH launched, the game was missing a few popular characters and locations.

Brewster and his Coffee Shop were excluded but will be coming back, however, Tortimer and Resetti were nowhere to be found, the nightclub was missing and there were plenty of shops that just turned to occasional stalls.

If New Horizons were to celebrate an island expansion, why not welcome a few favourites back home.

More To Collect

If you’re anything like myself, you like to collect things in New Horizons.

Be that fish, bugs, fossils, furniture, sea critters, furniture – anything.

Unfortunately, ACNH is lacking in that area right now. We’ve had all of the fish and bugs, all of the fossils can be collected in a relatively short time and there’s limited new furniture.

Now is the time to dip into the world of creatures and add a bunch more to the game, to help keep it fresh for people like me.

Alongside this, the game is still missing Gyroids. Although they don’t do a lot, I have fond memories of the wobbling, noisy little statues and would honestly love to see them back.

New Events

Part of the reason the game has become so stale is the lack of new and meaningful events, instead, Nintendo has decided to recycle the ones from the game’s first year, which has been disappointing.

Nintendo could absolutely conjure up some new events that would make things more exciting!

Fingers crossed this Direct is one to remember for Animal Crossing: New Horizons fans!

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Sam Woods
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Sam is the Managing Editor at DualShockers. He's been playing video games for as long as he can remember and you can regularly find him on his Nintendo Switch. When he's not playing games, he'll no doubt be suffering watching his beloved Ipswich Town.

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