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Animal Crossing: New Horizons data mine hints at vegetable growing, diving, and Crazy Redd’s return


An Animal Crossing character stands upstairs in the museum Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon
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A data mine of upcoming Animal Crossing: New Horizons features has begun to surface, revealing additions that could come to the game.

It’s worth noting that this data mine comes from Twitter user Ninji, who is quick to point out that while the code exists for these features, it’s possible that it’s just a remnant of canceled content and is far from confirmed. That said, a lot of these look pretty promising.

Crazy Redd with paintings for the museum

An Animal Crossing character stands on the small, secret beach area, facing the ocean Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

The data mine implies that there is indeed space in the museum for an art section.

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Crazy Redd was a fox that sold paintings (some of which were fakes). Legit paintings could then be donated to the museum. Redd isn’t in New Horizons, but this data mine hints that he’ll have a ship that will dock on the tiny beach area in the north of everyone’s islands. It’s unknown if he’ll be selling knock-off art mixed in with real art, but we can safely guess that he’ll be the one helping us fill in the art section of the museum.

The Museum Cafe, Brewster, and Gyroids

Gyroids, mysterious items that usually would appear buried in the ground the day after it rains, seem to have been completely omitted from New Horizons. However, these data mines imply that they may make a return to the game, once Brewster gets his cafe back. Brewster, the pigeon who runs the cafe, is Gyroid collector and who would even give the players Gyroids he made to look like him.

Gyroids are based off of haniwa, clay figures that were buried with dead people in old Japan. Though it’s morbid to think about how they would appear after it rains, the funky Animal Crossing versions don’t have the same grim function. Gyroids come in a variety of sizes and make unique sound effects that typically go to the rhythm of the music playing.

Bushes and gardening

Another data mine notes that bushes, which were introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, will be making a return. Data for hydrangeas, azaleas, hibiscus, holly, camelias, and osmanthus bushes have been added between New Horizons versions 1.0.0 and 1.1.4. These are the perfect way to spruce up your town and add some greenery without having to have straight-up trees. This may mean they’ll arrive for this week’s Earth Day event, which seems like it would make for a good tie-in.

There’s also data for vegetables to grow and pick, including tomatoes, wheat, sugar cane, potatoes, carrots, and pumpkins. We’re unsure of how this would work, if it does end up happening, as this would be a completely new feature for Animal Crossing.

The return of diving and more “seafood”

There may also be more “seafood” for folks to collect, apart from the Manila Clams that can be dug up on the beach. New Leaf introduced diving, which players could do once they equipped a scuba suit. They could sell most of the critters they’d find, but finding a Scallop would make the non-playable otter, Pascal, pop up. He’d offer wisdom and furnishings in exchange for the tasty sea creature, and then swim off. It doesn’t seem that any code for Pascal has been found, but if we can dive again, that might mean he’s returning.

Nook’s Cranny upgrade and more shops

An Animal Crossing character stands in front of Nook’s Cranny Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

There are also several shopping-related bits of code, including a third Nook’s Cranny upgrade. There are no details on how to unlock this new shop upgrade, but it would be in-line with previous Animal Crossing games to have three upgrades.

Celeste ran a shop in the museum in New Leaf, which sold special furnishings to help you display items, like pedestals and glass cases, as well as silver tools. However, given her new role in New Horizons, she likely won’t be manning any storefronts. Lief, the sloth who is set to lead the upcoming Earth Day event, also usually has a flower store to sell fertilizer and a variety of flora.

As Ninji states in his Twitter thread, it’s hard to tell if these are new features coming soon, or if they’re features that were scrapped before release. A new update should be coming to New Horizons soon, as an Earth Day event is coming up on April 22.

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