Nintendo is celebrating the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. with a number of new games and other surprises, including a special update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons players. During the September 3 Nintendo Direct, the company announced that Super Mario-themed furniture items will be coming to New Horizons in March 2021. No other details were revealed at the time of the presentation.
Mario furniture and other items have long been a staple of the Animal Crossing series. Every game in the series to date–aside from New Horizons–has included a series of Mario furniture items, and originally, you could only get them through special events and promotions. However, in Animal Crossing: New Leaf on 3DS, you could buy special Fortune Cookies at Nook’s shop using Play Coins, which you earned outside the game by using the 3DS’ pedometer. All the Fortune Cookie prizes were Nintendo-themed and spanned Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Pikmin, and more Nintendo series.
In previous Animal Crossing games, the Mario furniture series included a Fire Flower, a Super Mushroom, and a Green Pipe with a Piranha Plant coming out of it. There are also items from Mario Kart, like the Triple Red Shells and the Kart itself, as well as flooring and wallpaper themed after Super Mario Bros. World 1-1.
Though the recent announcement only includes Mario-themed furniture, it’s a promising step in including the full fan-favorite Nintendo series to New Horizons. Given the regular pace of updates coming to the game thus far, it’s not unreasonable to hope for even more Nintendo items in New Horizons down the line.
The Mario furniture update is a ways away, but there is an autumn update scheduled for New Horizons in the near future (though no date has been set yet), and previous trailers have hinted that it will include Jack, the pumpkin-headed Halloween visitor. In the meantime, it’s now fall for Northern Hemisphere players, and that means a number of seasonal changes have come to the game–including a cute new September-only item.
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