Want to change your Island name? Or maybe craft multiple items at once? You're not alone.

18:00, 18 May 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been delighting fans worldwide for almost two months, and its popularity only continues to rise. ACNH has, so far, implemented six patches in total, including things like seasonal events (Bunny Day & Nature Day), general online-play game functionality updates (Best Friends & Nook Link), and most recently – the introduction of an Art wing to the Museum, as well as visiting characters such as  Redd (the art dealer) and Leif (the gardener).

However, even with all these changes, ACNH still has a long way to go. Many in-game menus and gameplay options are simply not slick or intuitive enough, and in a few ways, the game feels like a very good beta with a hefty price tag.

The Animal Crossing community regularly comes together on Reddit, Facebook, and Twitter to voice their opinions on the quality of life changes the game simply must make to continue its success and their interest.


Multiple Purchase & Crafting Capabilities

One of these is “multiplying”. Players would die for the chance to craft multiple items at once, as well as buy multiple items at once through Nook Shopping or Nook Miles Redemption (perhaps a Basket system would work).

On the surface, this seems like a relatively easy fix on the part of Nintendo. If your character has the necessary materials in their Inventory, why not add the functionality to craft as many of one item as you please?

As for Buying in bulk, Nook Miles Tickets are the worst offender. Printing a NMT can take years off your life, and once printed, the rigamarole must repeat again.

The changing room in the Able Sisters Tailors is also a place where a Basket system could be used to max potential, allowing your character to Select all the items they wish to buy and checkout in one sweeping motion.


Changing Your Island Name

This is a tricky one. You are warned when it comes to naming your Island that you will not be able to change this (for reasons possibly relating to save files), but players would still relish the opportunity to do so. This could be for any number of reasons – one being they simply don’t like it anymore, or perhaps they’ve decorated their island with a theme, for which the name no longer applies.

Players frustrated with the inability to change their Island name have even gone so far as to restart the entire game.

Players aren’t asking for much in the grand scheme of things, and are even offering their own ideas about how to combat this problem, including paying a large amount of Bells, or a one-time name change option.

We, for one, hope Nintendo addresses this major issue quickly, before too many players decide enough is enough – and decide to do a major reset, losing their 5-star Island they worked so hard on.

360-Degree Camera

ACNH players are torn on this issue. Whilst a 360-degree camera is available inside houses, it isn’t usable outside in your Island, and there are a few reasons why certain players want this, and others aren’t so bothered. There is an argument that stylistically, a 360-degree outside view does not make sense in the aesthetic brand of Animal Crossing, running alongside all its previous titles.

However, going back to the aforementioned “very good beta” description, some players are incensed at the lack of camera rotation, and says “it’s 2020 and this is a AAA game.”

It’s true that while ruination of the games inherent style could occur if this update were to happen, the 360-degree camera is present inside homes, so why not outside? Players are being forced to change their island layout to conform to this camera restriction, meaning some are growing frustrated with how it looks.

Isabelle’s Announcements

Several ACNH players have voiced their opinion on wholesome Isabelle’s morning announcements – or lack thereof. Her announcements are not informative enough, and Animal Crossing players would love her to mention the visiting of vendors, weather, and more.

Adding more Isabelle dialogue options should be a breeze for Nintendo, and this is something we do expect to see in forthcoming updates.

Customisation Options

Not quite so hot a topic, but a relevant one nonetheless is the customisation option for fences.

As one ACNH fan points out on Twitter, the Nintendo games trailer itself showed white picket fences – but none are available in the game. This led players to believe a painting option would be available for fences, but alas, no such option is present.

For those Animal Crossing players who want the “white picket fence” of their dreams, they may have a little longer to wait.

Travelling to Other Islands

Travelling to another Island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons can be a tedious process. When arriving at your Airport, you are then subject to several voice lines from Orville the Dodo before you can jet off to your destination, including “connecting to the internet”. For most players, this seems odd, considering the in-game Nook Phone pings you when a Best Friend comes online, surely because your Switch is always connected to Wi-Fi(?)

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The cutscenes are also a nuisance, and many make the point that ACNH implements these to prevent from using boring loading screens.

Icons for Characters on Map

ACNH player will be familiar with the frustration of trying to find the tiny Daisy Mae on a Sunday, as she hides her small frame behind trees, or not being alerted to the fact CJ is around (by Isabelle too…) because he isn’t always visible. Some ACNH players have requested icons on their mini-map, showing them where NPC characters, visitors, and villagers are at that current moment.

This would definitely help with finding those pesky vendors, as well as delivering lost items back to your Villager buddies.

So, what will the next update include?

The next Animal Crossing: New Horizons big patch and update is due in the next few weeks for the Summer season. Eagle-eyed dataminers, and players who sniff out odd dialogue in-game (such as coffee fanatic Brewster coming up in conversation), have come up with their thoughts on what might be coming soon.

Several YouTube videos, including one by Nikachu appear to leak new updates that they purport to be coming soon, including new shops, new NPC’s, and new gameplay mechanics.

While none of the QOL updates we’ve discussed were included in these videos, with every new update Nintendo brings to the game, be it an Art wing for the Museum, or new NPCs, QOL changes come along for the ride too, meaning we should be on the lookout for these major changes being included in all future patches.


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