Animal Crossing: New Horizons Mardi Gras Festivale starts on Thursday

The first big new event of the year in Animal Crossin is set to begin soon, as the rare Sanrio amiibo cards come to Europe.

It’s getting on for a year now since Animal Crossing: New Horizons was first released, which also means that it’s been nearly a year since the coronavirus pandemic has been ruining everyone’s life.

But even if you bought New Horizons day one this is the first time January or February has come round in the game, and that means one thing: Festivale.

Festivale is the Animal Crossing equivalent of Mardi Gras and Carnival and, as with the game’s other holiday events, it involves a limited time critter visiting your town, in this case the peacock Pavé.

Festivale itself takes place on February 15, when there’ll be colourful feathers floating around (much as there are snowflakes at the moment) that you can catch and give to Pavé.

From Thursday, January 28 there’ll also be a new set of reactions added to the game, which you’ll be able to buy from Nook’s Cranny.

From February 1 the Able Sisters will be selling special Festivale costumes, which will also only be available in the run up to Festivale.

On top of that are new seasonal items themed around Valentine’s Day, including chocolate hearts and flower bouquets, which will be available from February 1st to the 14th.

Other seasonal items will also be added to celebrate the Chinese New Year and a ‘Big Game Celebration’, whatever that is (we assume it doesn’t involve hurting elephants and lions).

As usual, all the updates are free but on March 26 the Animal Crossing Sanrio Collaboration Pack will be released in Europe, which incudes six cards that allow you to add rare characters to the game.

Sanrio is the company behind Hello Kitty, but unfortunately she’s not in the game, just regular-ish Animal Crossing residents Rilla, Marty, Étoile, Chai, Chelsea, and Toby.

The next update after Festivale is due in March but Nintendo aren’t saying what it is yet. Especially as it’s unclear what’s going to happen when the year wraps around, and if that means things will just play out the same again or if new features will be added instead.

Nintendo did promise a Mario crossover for March though, and that’s just what seems to be being teased at the end of the trailer.

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