Nintendo just announced the Animal Crossing: New Horizons free Winter update. This update arrives as Animal Crossing: New Horizons version 1.6.0 update adding new festivities, reactions, storage increases, and a lot more on Nintendo Switch. Beginning November 19, Save Transfer will also be possible. There will be a way to move your full island or just move one person to another console. Details for the 1.5.0 update are here. Watch the Animal Crossing: New Horizons version 1.6.0 update trailer below:

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Winter update contents

The update contents as revealed by Nintendo are below:

  • Turkey Day – November 26
  • Toy Day – From December 1 to 25
  • Reactions and Hairstyles – Nine new Reactions and Six new hairstyle options will be available.
  • Home Storage Upgrade – If you’ve expanded your in-game home to its largest size and paid off your debt, you’ll now be able to apply for a home storage expansion by speaking to Tom Nook at Resident Services. Congrats on achieving the next level of home ownership. This will expand your home storage to 2400 slots.
  • Visit Random Islands in Dreams
  • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Collaboration

Animal Crossing: New Horizons save transfer explained

Nintendo has detailed the process for transferring data in Animal Crossing: New Horizons to another Nintendo Switch. More information on limitations will likely be revealed soon.

Entire Island Transfer – Use this feature if you wish to transfer the entire island and all residents to a new Nintendo Switch system. The island, all progress and customizations, your animal neighbors, the island resident representative, and any other residents that have been created on the island will be transferred. This feature is helpful if you are replacing your Nintendo Switch system with a new one and all players who have played Animal Crossing: New Horizons will be using the new Nintendo Switch system. It is also the only way to transfer your island resident representative when you have not backed up your island. You must have access to both the original system and the new system to use this feature.

Resident Move (Single Player Transfer) – Use this feature if you wish to transfer just one resident to a new Nintendo Switch system. The resident, the resident’s home, and most items held by the resident and kept in storage will be transferred to an island on the new Nintendo Switch system. The island resident representative cannot be transferred. This feature is helpful when just one player wants to continue playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons on a new Nintendo Switch or when multiple residents other than the island resident representative will be using the new Nintendo Switch. The transferred player(s) will move to a new island if there is no existing save data on the new system. If there is already an island populated on the new system, the resident(s) will move to that island. All island progress and animal neighbors will remain on the original Nintendo Switch system. You must have access to both the original system and the new system to use this feature.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons version 1.6.0 releases on November 19 worldwide on Nintendo Switch. Another update is planned for late January bringing in more free content. This will likely be the Animal Crossing: New Horizons version 1.7.0 update.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is now available on Nintendo Switch. Read my review of it here.