Animal Crossing New Horizons: how to get Hello Kitty items

Animal Crossing New Horizons: how to get Hello Kitty items

Animal Crossing New Horizons

We are now well over the middle of March, and as in every other month of the year, Animal Crossing New Horizons has received a new update that includes objects, construction projects, inhabitants and much more.

This week it was the turn of an update that added a total of 91 new exclusive items for you and the inhabitants of your island connected to the famous multinational Sanrio, best known for being the holder of the Hello Kitty brand, very popular among the youngest kids. The objects of the kitten with the pink bow are therefore the main protagonists of this new batch of novelties within Animal Crossing New Horizons, but unlike the multitude of objects introduced by previous updates, the cosmetics of Hello Kitty and Sanrio cannot be obtained simply by playing in a traditional way.

The real novelty of these objects is in fact that they are tied exclusively to their collectible Amiibo cards, released so far only in Japan but ready to arrive also in Europe and in the rest of the world. starting next March 26th. Consequently, in order to insert and use one of the Sanrio branded objects, or even a set of objects dedicated to one of the six iconic characters of the company, you must necessarily be in possession of the relative Amiibo card, purchasing it from selected retailers or borrowing it from a friend. . To unlock one of the six sets of objects introduced by the update you will therefore have to follow the following procedure:

Update the game to version 1.9 so that you can have the chance to receive Sanrio items Head to Fiorilio's island: once here, you can scan the six Amiibo cards that make up the complete set of Sanrio items, and make these items available for purchase on your island Once back on your island, you can buy the items by spending your stars through the Nook Point at the town hall of the island: you will find the items in the Promotions category of the Services for the Citizen There are however some limitations on the number of objects that you can buy, which amounts to no more than five objects per day, a limitation that also includes other objects in the catalog, and is cumulative for all. Despite this, you can accumulate in your inventory as many copies of an object as you want, without limitations: you just need to order it several times, waiting a day between one transaction and another.

Remember Furthermore, there are no restrictions on the exchange of these exclusive items between players: you can then send and receive them in the form of gifts, and in this way even those who do not have the Amiibo cards necessary to unlock the items in the catalog can still receive them from a friend. On you will also find the guide to get Super Mario items in Animal Crossing New Horizons.

Happy birthday, Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Thanks for saving my 2020

Happy birthday to the best video game ever. Nintendo © Provided by CNET Happy birthday to the best video game ever. Nintendo

March 2020 is a month that a lot of us would like to forget. The coronavirus pandemic meant that schools and workplaces across the nation shut down, hand sanitizer and toilet paper sold out, and innocent activities such as karaoke and handshakes suddenly loomed as dangerous. But on March 20, 2020, one brave, bright light shone out of the darkness: Nintendo released Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the hand-held Nintendo Switch. The game went on to sell 31 million copies in 2020 alone.

Happy birthday to the best video game ever. © Nintendo

Happy birthday to the best video game ever.

Of all the pandemic escapes, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has a gentle staying power that beats that of sourdough bread baking, or Dalgona coffee making. You can't fail at it, for one thing -- looking at you, bread loaves that baked up like bricks. There's also no way to win at Animal Crossing: New Horizons. You choose your own goals, strike out on your own path.

In the game, you decide to move to a tropical island -- an especially appealing idea after worldwide travel was shut down. But unlike other video games, you don't have to raise a certain amount of crops or feed a herd of hungry animals or pursue a certain career path, and you certainly don't have to fight anyone. 

You can fish, or dive for sea creatures, pick fruit, plant flowers and try to get hybrid colors, craft items and sell them for the in-game currency of Bells. You can chop down trees, or you can plant trees. You can befriend a motley crew of animal neighbors, from cats to gorillas, give them gifts and have them give you gifts right back. (Um, Marshal, you can keep all those baby rompers.)

diagram: There are no travel restrictions in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Game screenshot by Gael Fashingbauer Cooper/CNET © Provided by CNET There are no travel restrictions in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Game screenshot by Gael Fashingbauer Cooper/CNET

If this all sounds tedious and boring to you, I get it. It would have sounded that way to me too before I played it. I can't exactly explain why it's so compelling. Maybe it's a combination of the stuck-at-home factor lining up perfectly with an extremely well-designed game experience. Maybe it's an escape at the very time all doors seemed closed. Maybe, once in a rare while, we get the game we deserve just when we need it most.

The past year of Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been well-chronicled here on CNET.  The game creators told us about how landlord Tom Nook is nicer in this game than in past versions. We offered tips on catching the elusive stringfish. We revealed how to give your character tattoos or C-section scars.  We showed how to bring the AC experience into your actual house. And how to make up your own games within the game. Celebrated social-distancing birthdays. Took a trip to Joe Biden's island. Suggested five improvements Nintendo should make to the game. Marveled at the characters re-creating the musical Hamilton. And simply reveled in the simple joys of this security blanket of games.

As a Gen Xer, I was there when the deep magic of video games was written. I played Pong when it seemed like the pinnacle of technological accomplishment, logged hours pushing Frogger across a busy road on the Atari 2600, regularly died fording the river along the Oregon Trail. I wandered through Castle Wolfenstein on an Apple II, the first home computer I ever saw. 

a toy on a table: Holiday celebrations in Animal Crossing: New Horizons didn © Provided by CNET Holiday celebrations in Animal Crossing: New Horizons didn't suffer from any social distancing or crowd limitations. Nintendo

But then life and career and marriage and parenthood intervened, and video games fell away for me for a long time. Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and an unforeseen pandemic, brought them back.

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you can mail a postcard to another player, to one of your villagers, or, oddly enough, to your future self, to arrive six or 12 or however many months down the road. On an especially shaky day last year, when every bit of real-world news was worse than the last (and inspired by a touching viral tweet from a player who sent one from 'Past Madison' to 'Future Madison'), I did the same. 

I poured into it all the questions my coronavirus-coping self had: Are you out of quarantine? Are you both still employed? Are schools open again?  Is everyone still OK? Is there a vaccine? Please let there be a vaccine.

It's a fake postcard sent to a fictional character on a virtual island, but writing down those questions felt real, one tiny desperate prayer lobbed into the darkness. I haven't received it yet. But someday I'll open the game, walk to my pretty little blue mailbox outside my quaint little Tiffany-blue house, read what I wrote, and remember how scary and dark the real world seemed in mid-2020. 

I don't know if all of those questions will be answered in the positive yet, but things are already so much better than when I dashed it off. When it arrives, I imagine my little character will stand there at her virtual mailbox for a second, pondering all that's gone by and giving a little thanks. And then off I'll go, to plant pear trees and catch sea bass and collect sand dollars on the beach.

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