Animal Crossing: New Horizons Version 1.2.1 Update Now Available For Download

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A brand new update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been released tonight following brief server maintenance for the game!

Unfortunately, unlike most of the past updates for New Horizons, the official patch notes released by Nintendo are unspecific and very unhelpful as to exactly what changes were made.

UPDATE 05/26: Are you finding this article because you received a prompt to restart your Nintendo Switch when loading up Animal Crossing: New Horizons? That’s actually a system firmware update for your Nintendo Switch operating system — not a game update for New Horizons.

You can find more information about the Version 10.0.3 update for Nintendo Switch at Nintendo of America’s support website, but essentially it’s just improvements to stability and features zero changes to the game.

Wondering what’s coming next for New Horizons? You can look forward to the upcoming Wedding Season event set for release on June 1st next week! Original article follows…

Here’s the official patch notes for Version 1.2.1 of Animal Crossing: New Horizons as released by Nintendo of America below:

Version 1.2.1 Official English Patch Notes

Ver. 1.2.1 (Released May 21, 2020)

The software has been updated if you see “Ver. 1.2.1” in the upper-right corner of the title screen.

General Updates

  • Addressed issues to further ensure an enjoyable gaming experience.

An earlier version of this article contained translated Japanese patch notes, which have since been replaced by the official English notes.

Yeah… detailed! So as expected, we can confirm that some bugs were fixed in Version 1.2.1 of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. What bugs? Who knows for sure!

It’s likely that some of the recently discovered duplication glitches have been fixed up, but we’ve been unable to confirm that yet ourselves. Some reports on social media do indicate the ‘mailbox’ dupe glitch was patched though. On the flip side, those hacked Star Fragment trees seem to be safe so far!

UPDATE: It’s been confirmed that the duplication glitch involving receiving mail with multiple player residents on an island has been fixed in Version 1.2.1.

Because of the vague patch notes, it’s going to take some crowd-sourcing to get down to the details of exactly what changes and fixes this update made to the game, so please feel free to help us and the community out in the comments below by reporting anything you discover.

Please note that you will need to be updated to Version 1.2.1 to play online multiplayer with other players and access other network features going forward after this update. 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 for you, 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.

Of course, you may prefer to avoid the update if you are a fan of exploiting the current duplication glitches and don’t care about being able to access other islands online. For more on Animal Crossing: New Horizons, check out our Guides page here.

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