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Animal Crossing January Update Brings Carnival-Style Festivale Event

Animal Crossing's January update brings the festivities.
Animal Crossing's January update brings the festivities. / Photo courtesy of Nintendo

Animal Crossing: New Horizons' January update arrives Thursday, bringing the Carnival-inspired Festivale celebration, new reactions, new clothing, and plenty of seasonal items.

A video announcing the update also teased the game's March update with power ups from the Mario series. The suggested crossover makes sense: March 10 is Mario day, and Nintendo isn't one to let a celebration slip by without note.

Animal Crossing Festivale Event

The Festivale event itself kicks off Feb. 15, when Dancer Pavé will appear in the plaza bearing confetti, feathers and flamboyance. That day, feathers will float through the air. Players will be able to snatch them from the sky with their nets, then trade them to Pavé for a dance number.

Animal Crossing Festivale Reactions

Festivale's reactions are particularly celebratory.
Festivale's reactions are particularly celebratory. / Photo courtesy of Nintendo

A new reaction set, the Viva Festival Reaction Set, will be available from Nook's Cranny for a limited time. It includes the reactions Feelin' It, Let's Go, Viva and Confetti. The price in Bells has yet to be revealed, but the items will likely be available until the March update.

Animal Crossing Festivale Clothing

Colorful, sparkling dresses arrive in the Festivale event.
Colorful, sparkling dresses arrive in the Festivale event. / Photo courtesy of Nintendo

The Able Sisters will have some new, Festivale-themed clothing starting Feb. 1. These items will be colorful and festive, drawing inspiration from Carnival and Mardi Gras.

Animal Crossing Festivale Items

Players will be able to buy special limited-time items at the Nook Stop and through Nook Shopping from Feb. 1 to Feb. 14. Those items include chocolate hearts and heart-shaped bouquets.

Also set for January and February releases are Ground Hog and Big Game Celebration-themed seasonal items Nintendo has yet to describe.