Animal Crossing’s newest update provides a massive boost to Island Designers

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As I reported on recently, Nintendo has recently dropped a massive free update to Animal Crossing: New Horizons. You’ll know you’ve done it correctly when you get a cake in the mail. In fact, it’s the only time in your life doing something correctly will equal you finding a massive cake stuffed into your mailbox.

In this free update, two items were added to the Nook Miles shop. The ability to access the custom pattern creator from your phone (though you best not neglect Sable, you monsters) and more importantly, greatly expands the number of custom designs you can have.

For people who design clothing, this is pretty cool because, in addition to being able to make more clothing, you can also make new items. Fans, umbrellas and wooden standees can all be crafted.

But if you want to paint your island, this is a ridiculously huge improvement.

My little island of Galifrey (he says, wearing his fandom close to his two hearts) is designed around city streets. There is a two-lane width road with sidewalks going through the main area of the island. It makes my island look the way I want it to but… with a cost.

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You can see that using so many spots allows me to have occasional squares to make it look like there are leaves in the street, the occasional rain gutter, or that crosswalk that Snake is happily using to cross the street from the museum.

But now with more spots, I can diversify my island. The bottom left of my island is a “guest garden” that basically exists so that people who are new can swing by and get whatever types of fruit they’re looking for. It’s been okay but devoid of personality. But now that I have room for a new pattern. Look at it. This is about one-third of my island.

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Note that with just a third of my island you can already see large changes. A floral garden path through the guest garden, city streets through the main area and even a raised wooden deck on the beach. And that’s just a third of the island leaving me with a lot more available slots to create other cool-looking areas without just recycling the same textures over and over again.

When the island tour features come out, I can’t wait to see what sort of complex things people come up with.