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Who are the new Animal Crossing: New Horizons characters?

The game is bringing back many NPCs we know already, while introducing a handful of new faces

A small boar with turnips on her head, Daisy Mae, notes that she’ll be around on Sundays selling turnips in Animal Crossing: New Horizons Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo
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In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Nintendo is bringing back a lot of the beloved nonplayable characters we know and love, while also introducing some new ones.

While some of them have appeared in the background of promotional art, Thursday morning’s Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct finally gave names and objectives for most of them. Some of these NPCs are serving a new purpose, but some are replacing old NPCs, which raises the question: What happened to the old NPCs? Are they out of work now? Maybe they’ve retired? I’m worried.

Regardless, here are the new characters that we know of in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which will be released March 20 on Nintendo Switch:

Orville and Wilbur

A blue and yellow dodo named Orville asks the player if they want to connect using local or online play Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

Two dodos run Dodo Airlines, which delivers your mail and also takes you around to different islands. It appears that Orville runs the desk, and a sunglasses-wearing dodo named Wilbur pilots the airplane.

Oh, silly Nintendo, making it so the airline is run by a set of flightless birds named after the Wright brothers.

Daisy Mae

A small boar carrying turnips on her head offers to sell the player some of her stock Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

Joan, the turnip seller from the previous Animal Crossing games, seems to have been replaced by Daisy Mae, a baby boar who resembles her. The young boar seems to now be in charge of the stalk market, where players can attempt to buy turnips for cheap from Daisy Mae, and attempt to sell them for a higher value. I would die for her.


A red punk lizard carrying a net asks if you want to compete in a bug competition Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

Nat has been replaced with a younger, red lizard named Flick. He seems extremely punk and cool. Like Nat, he is probably going to eat the bugs we catch for him. Disgusting.


A young beaver asks if you’re ready to participate in some seasports Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

This young beaver is replacing Chip, the guy who used to run the old fishing tourneys. He’s cuter and rounder than Chip, and he certainly seems like more of an athlete with those sunglasses on top of his head.

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