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Cheese rolling is coming to Animal Crossing

Existing events will have a ‘twist’

Cheese Rolling Day items for Animal Crossing: New Horizons Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo
Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

The seasons continue to change in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and with that, a new seasonal update. On Monday, Nintendo announced the latest free New Horizons update, which is slated for release on Wednesday, April 28. It’ll add upcoming events like May Day (April 29-May 7), International Museum Day (May 18-31), and wedding seasons (June 1-30).

In a tweet from the Animal Crossing account, Nintendo said seasonal events this year will have “new twists.” The most important of which appears to be new items to celebrate cheese rolling season, which will run from May 22-31 in New Horizons.

For the uninitiated, cheese rolling is a thing where people chase — or, rather, fall — after a cheese roll that’s punted down a large hill, specifically, at Gloucestershire’s Coopers Hill. It’s typically held at the end of May, and is surprisingly brutal. People often get hurt. There’s an episode on Netflix’s We Are The Champions show all about it.

The large wheel of cheese is prominently displayed in the press images — you can see villagers enjoying standing near the cheese, holding what looks like glasses of beer sparkling apple cider. (Beer would be fitting for cheese rolling day, because people that chase the cheese are often absolutely smashed.) It’s unclear if you can do anything with the cheese wheel in New Horizons. Here’s to hoping!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ new wedding stuff Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The rest of New Horizons’ seasonal items all look pretty familiar, though there are some new things. Items to celebrate Japan’s Children’s Day (April 28-May 5), Mother’s Day (May 1-31), and Father’s Day (June 1-30) will all be available, too. As for wedding season, Reese and Cyrus appear again, though they’re just celebrating their anniversary by taking more photos. Ah, to be in love.

Fishing tournaments and bug-catching events will return, too. Bug Offs are scheduled for June 26, July 24, and Aug. 28. The next fishing tournament is slated for July 10.