This week’s patch for Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Nintendo Switch removed the duplication glitch, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
On May 21st, Nintendo dropped patch 1.2.1 for Animal Crossing: New Horizons. And now? Now we rebuild.
The patch notes for 1.2.1 were one of the smallest notes I’ve ever seen. It says, “Addressed issues to further ensure an enjoyable gaming experience.” But what does that mean?
Well, there aren’t any details but one thing has been changed for certain. It appears that all of the item duplication glitches are now gone. I’ve talked about the glitches when they first appeared and, honestly, I’m pretty happy they’re gone.
When I first did the glitch so that I could get screenshots for the article, I was stunned with how easy it was. So easy that I became haunted by it. I don’t like cheats in games. Not because I’m a purist but because they’re so tempting. Like, back when it was super easy to get unlimited money in the Sims games it was never a matter of whether or not to do it, it was a matter of how long before I break down and do it. Same here.
I meant to do the glitch only for the article but… let’s just say I no longer have any debt to Tom Nook. And I also might have a bunch of bridges. And all of my islanders have flat screen TVs. So, yeah I was consumed by temptation.
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But these glitches sort of botched the Animal Crossing economy and started taking a lot of joy out of the game. Debating on where I wanted to put bridges stopped having a lot of weight because I could now demolish and rebuild at my leisure. I always had enough bells to buy whatever was in the store. And every time someone stopped by for a rare item, I had they had no problem dropping 99 bags of bells at my doorstep.
Luckily, now that the item duplication glitch is gone, it seems like the things dataminers have shown to be coming in the game are going to help drain everyone’s collective accounts. New stores with new items, entirely new recipe collections and even the possibility of Happy Home Academy features show that there are going to be plenty of ways to get everyone back to broke in no time.