Version 1.1.1 of Animal Crossing: New Horizons released, fixes item duplication glitch

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A new software update has been released for Animal Crossing: New Horizons today following a brief maintenance window for the game!

The latest update brings the game up to Version 1.1.1 and contains only one notable change, but it’s an extremely important one for those who enjoy trading with others online.

According to the official patch notes released by Nintendo, the Version 1.1.1 update of Animal Crossing: New Horizons has “Fixed a serious bug affecting game balance”, which we have confirmed is a popular item duplication glitch.

After updating to Version 1.1.1, you will no longer be able to perform the item duplication glitch which required two players in the local co-op multiplayer mode of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. By placing a small item on a table and constantly rotating the item, another player could pick up duplicates repeatedly off the table.

Note that you will need to be updated to Version 1.1.1 to play online multiplayer with other players and access other network features. Local multiplayer can only be played with others on the same version of the game as you.

Your copy of the game should update automatically but if for some reason it doesn’t, you can manually trigger the update by pressing the + button on the Animal Crossing: New Horizons home screen icon, selecting Software Update, and hitting Via The Internet.

You can find the official patch notes for Animal Crossing: New Horizons in Japanese here, and we’ll update this article with a link to the official English version when they are released.

Let me know your thoughts on this quick fix update as I know not everyone out there will agree with me on its importance, and that’s completely okay. I’d love to hear your opinion regardless.

For more on Animal Crossing: New Horizons, check out our work-in-progress Guides section here.

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Trading in prior games, especially New Leaf, was broken because of how easy and prevalent item duplication was. With the removal of this glitch, Nintendo has fixed one major component of New Horizons for a lot of people, and they’ve also shown their commitment to making sure this game is smooth and fair. Good on them, I look forward to future updates.



Kaleb Hayes

Could there possibly be some way in the future to change who the Island Rep is on a console? My whole family plays, but I play more than the rest. The island was started while I was at work, and everyone got so far (emotionally) that restarting was not particularly appealing. Now we’re several days in, and no one plays as often as I do, and I am constantly having to switch between my own villager and that of the Island Rep (my wife) so that I can advance the island. Or perhaps just having a feature that allows the… Read more »


Just delete and make a new island where you are rep. if your wife is not playing…..why go through the bother. make the island yours and she a secondary….common sense……….. just soo you know, if you are island rep you get to do everything. Easily a google search.



John Mackin

How invested is your wife? Maybe you can delete her character, and maybe that’ll make the game pick a new island rep?


Just shake your controller and your wife have to press x, and you can easily switch like that every time you need so you can progress equally, but if you want to take stuff out of your storage you need to be alone so you need to call resident and pick end session and whoever is the leader will stay on the island. That’s how I play with my boyfriend and we’re equally progressing


Press down on the joystick to be able to access your storage. Press down and then press the right button.


Just restart the island so it’s yours. No reason for all the switching. Tbh if I wasn’t playing it as much as my husband I’d expect him to do the same. But luckily I got my own game and so does he.


There should definitely be a way to change the island rep in the future! But I hope you had a talk with your family about how they really should have waited for you! We all waited so long for this game they could have waited for you to get home lol


I really hope they can have higher rate of getting variety of mystery tour


Sad that this was the glitch they decides to fix, considering it was in every game since GC. Anyone could name 10 problems besides it.


It is basically cheating. It removes the effort of the game and you should definitely not exploit it.

Savannah Gregory

This is legit such a pain! Duping didn’t hurt anyone, and in some cases it’s the best way to get rare and hard to find items!


Thats because those items are supposed to be rare and hard to fine lol. Duplication completley breaks the game.


breaks the game? who are you hurting by creating bunches of items and decorate?


just because you were only using it to decorate doesn’t mean everyone else was.

Cheating Ruins Integrity

Do you play solitaire by searching through the deck and finding each card you need? No because that would be cheating in a single player game. It may not hurt any person, but it definitely disrupts the integrity of the game. Rules and guidelines exist for a reason. Are you truly playing Blackjack if you just give yourself an Ace and Face every hand?


Imagine thinking you’re entitled to RARE items on infinite…what a world view.