It’s only been a few weeks since Animal Crossing: New Horizons released for the Nintendo Switch, but the cute, colorful island life simulator has already become a beloved favorite. Gamers all around the world, stuck at home due to the COVID-19 situation, have turned to Tom Nook, Isabelle, K. K. Slider, and the other island residents to make their free time happy and filled with fun.
Developer Nintendo has responded to the fans’ outpouring of love by putting in plenty of time and effort into their new title. Three patches have been released already, each fixing annoying player-reported bugs.
Version 1.1.1, which was released on March 26, fixed a major error allowing for the infinite duplication of certain types of items, which was greatly skewing the balance of the in-game economy. As New Horizons allows players to visit each other’s islands, send each other items as gifts, and interact in other ways, fixing this issue was a major priority for Nintendo.
April 2nd saw the release of Version 1.1.2, which brought even more bug fixes. Primarily, the update addressed an issue where villagers who had been forced to leave other players’ islands could not be properly invited to move to your own property. As this issue could permanently render entire plots of land uninhabitable, and since each island contains only a limited number of plots, players found it particularly frustrating.
Other smaller bugs fixed in the second patch included an error where purchasing a Mystery Tour Ticket would subtract both Nook Miles and Bells from a player’s inventory, even though the ticket was only supposed to require Miles.
Fans were surprised when, only a day after the second patch was released, the third arrived in the form of Version 1.1.3. This patch fixes an issue where item-carrying balloons would stop floating over a player’s island once they had received the achievement for popping 300 of them. The patch notes for this update contained only a single line of text: “Fixed a bug where balloons would not fly under certain conditions.”
With these troublesome bugs fixed, players can continue enjoying their Animal Crossing: New Horizons experience without additional stress. It can be presumed that Nintendo will continue releasing patches if more issues are discovered in the future.