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Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ villagers have a whole new layer of fashion

The clothes are more than just textures plastered on the animals now!

Marina the octopus from Animal Crossing: New Horizon’s render, which shows her in an adorable pastel sweater Image: Nintendo via GameXplain
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Images of Animal Crossing: New Horizon’s updated villager models have appeared, showcasing the adorable animals not just with textures plastered onto their bodies, but actual clothes.

The new images are reportedly from Nintendo’s European press site, with some published in a GameXplain video. In the video, you can see a random selection of Animal Crossing villagers in their shiny, new glory. Rather than just having a texture of a random shirt pattern on their bodies, shown like a sleeveless shirt, the animals are actually wearing clothes. Real clothes!

Marina is in a cute sweater with long sleeves! Crissy and Francine’s spotted dresses have adorable collars now! The sheep characters get actual shirts and sweaters, instead of just scarves — and the clothes hilariously press down their fluffy wool. Animals wear pants! While this update might not seem like a big deal to non-Animal Crossing fans, it’s these types of changes that have fans hyped for the new game. After all, Nintendo’s been tight-lipped on new details, so players have been scrubbing images for information on the next generation of Animal Crossing.

Before you get worried about your favorite villager being cut from the game, note that these renders are missing entire species of villagers, so this likely isn’t a complete list. The renders for frogs, deer, bull, and many other beloved species have still not been revealed.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons will be released for Nintendo Switch on March 20. There’s also a swanky themed Nintendo Switch with a special dock and Joy-Cons coming on March 13.

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