Animal Crossing: New Horizons Players Can Skip Ahead to Cherry Blossoms After the New Patch

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Players Can Skip Ahead to Cherry Blossoms After the New Patch

If you don't want to be spoiled on how this cute Spring foliage works, look away.

If Animal Crossing: New Horizons were like older titles in the series, then there would probably be players out there who had already skipped to New Years 2021 on their islands. Now, Nintendo's enabling each limited-time event in New Horizons by issuing patches, ensuring that players can't rush through all that content. Still, with the latest patch, players are manipulating the system time to get an early look at April's offerings.

In the recent Nintendo Mini Direct presentation, we got a small glimpse at what the Bunny Day event will bring to players' New Horizons islands when it runs from April 1-12, but now we've got a better idea of how the changing trees work thanks to players who can't bear the wait. Given that Animal Crossing: New Horizons is already the best-selling title in the series, we might see more sneak peeks from time skippers surface between now and April.

On the Animal Crossing subreddit, one user showed off their idyllic and very pink town as seen during early April. The biggest takeaway here is that, according to them, the cherry blossom trees shown in Nintendo's recent Bunny Day preview will only hang around for the first 10 days of April. That definitely tracks; as with all seasonal changes in New Horizons, we know for sure that the vivid blooms will only be around for a limited time, so be sure to get your springtime photo ops in early.

It looks like skipping ahead to get blossoms is a thing, but Zipper still won't show. | Nintendo

When the Bunny Day event arrives for real, it will also present the opportunity to hunt for hidden eggs and craft Bunny Day-themed furniture items with them, as facilitated by the chipper and mysterious Zipper T. Bunny. Is Zipper a real bunny or is he someone in a suit? He says he isn't, but you can be the judge of that yourself soon.

Nintendo has also announced that there's an Earth Day event coming later on in April, so expect at least one more event content update to Animal Crossing: New Horizons between now and then.

For more on New Horizons, head over to our guides hub, where you'll find all the info you need to get your island off to a good start.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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