Nintendo Releases New Summer Update For ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’

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Animal Crossing NEw Horizons Summer Update
Animal Crossing NEw Horizons Summer Update

Nintendo has released a brand new update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

The new update, which launched last Friday and is the first part of a bigger update, adds several new features including the return of diving from Animal Crossing: New Leaf, new DIY recipes, as well as new interactable NPCs.

As mentioned, diving from New Leaf makes a return, allowing players to swim and dive in the ocean for sea creatures and new crafting materials like pearls. All of the sea critters caught can be donated to the Museum and can be viewed in your updated Critterpedia Nook Phone app.

To dive, players will need to purchase a wet suit from Nook’s Cranny or purchase an exclusive wet suit with Nook Miles at the Residential Services building. The wet suit must be worn to dive into the ocean, done by walking up to the water and hitting the A button.

The update also sees the return of Pascal, an otter from previous Animal Crossing games. In this instalment, Pascal can be encountered once a day in the ocean and players can exchange scallops for special mermaid DIY recipes such as furniture and decor.

What’s more, a new version of Gulliver can be found washed up on the player beach. This new version of the pelican is dressed in pirate clothing and reportedly gifts players pirate furniture and clothing as a reward for helping him. The original version of Gulliver can still be encountered.

A Game-Breaking Glitch

Unfortunately, the update has also brought a new glitch into the game which stops players from crossing bridges, although it’s only affecting players with zen bridges. In some cases, this is stopping players from accessing all of the new features in the update.

According to, there’s a way to bypass the glitch until it’s fixed. Players can use their vaulting pole tool to jump over rivers where applicable or, if possible, demolish and rebuild the bridge through the Resident Services Building.

Unfortunately, the latter is costly as it costs between 168,000 and 228,000 Bells to build a bridge and 10,000 Bells to demolish a bridge. In addition, you can only perform infrastructure changes once per day which means the entire process will take a few days to complete. reports that the glitch has already been reported to Nintendo so it’s only a matter of time before a new update addressing the bug is released.

Meanwhile, Animal Crossing fans have the second half of the summer update to look forward to. Although Nintendo hasn’t released much information about what it entails, the update will launch in early August and, judging from the video, will include brand new content but we’ll have to wait and see to find out!

Remember to check back to find out when the glitch has been fixed or let us know how you’ve been bypassing this annoying bug if affected by commenting below.

Image Credit: Nintendo UK YouTube

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Fabio Crispim

Fabio Crispim

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  1. The first time I tried Animal Crossing was way back when it was on the Wii. It’s amazing on how far it has come — the graphics look so much better and I love how it’s bringing people together amidst the pandemic that is going on in the world. Excited for the summer update! Wooh.

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