For those who have played any of the previous entries in the Animal Crossing series, you're all-too-familiar with that crazy black market-dealing fox named Redd. Love him or hate him, he carries wares that are impossible to find anywhere else – including counterfeits and fakes.
The paintings, statues and sculptures – along with other rare items – for sale in his shop provided a weekly challenge in which you'd be guaranteed to either net a new collectable, or waste an inordinate amount of bells on a forgery.
However, we have yet to see hide or hair of this shifty shop owner in New Horizons. Did the black market finally catch up with Ol' Redd? Was that his grave we saw in the trailers?
We would be highly surprised to see this mainline character completely disappear from the series, especially considering how extravagant the new museum design is in the game. Surely there's space in that beautiful new building for some paintings and statues?
Alas, there is hope for Ol' Redd! We've seen a few things so far that hint at his return in New Horizons, and we're keeping our fingers crossed:
- Redd's birthday is listed on the Animal Crossing 2020 Birthday Calendar MyNintendo reward – why include this if Redd is no longer being featured in the newest game?
- There's a mysterious Staircase to Nowhere in the entry of the museum – it seems logical that this was built with an addition or expansion in mind.
- Many pieces of content with special characters, such as holiday events, have so far been planned as software updates and DLC to be added later on – this makes it highly likely other special characters such as Redd will appear down the road.
- Crazy Redd makes an appearance in every single Animal Crossing, including Pocket Camp – surely they wouldn't abandon him in their most expansive game to date?
While we can't be certain about his return, we all agree it just isn't the same without our favourite conniving fox cashing in on counterfeit wares. Shifty characters like Redd are the spice that adds life to the Animal Crossing games.
We'll be sure to update this article with any and all new information we find on Crazy Redd – and if he does make an appearance, you can be sure we'll be here to guide you through spotting his fake wares. In the meantime, save up your bells – you'll be needing them, cousin!
Do you think Redd will make a return? Will his role look different in New Horizons? Let us know in the comments below!
Katie is also on the calender though, and she isn't in the game. Same for Brewster. Plus basically every character in the banner at the top is not in New Horizons.
It's basically Tom Nook's Island, no way he's letting that evil fox come over.
I'm sure we'll see a lot added to the game over time as they seem to be going with a Splatoon-like model for content updates but I do wish there was a little more at launch. Still an incredible game though.
I reckon that Redd will appear, but I believe that the next floor in the museum will be for Celeste to her her astronomy.
Redd is the villain of Tom Nook's life right? I doubt he would let him in.
All I care about is that the DLC is FREE. New Leaf had all dlc free which they were very generous about, and it was a huge treat to the fans. I hope they do the same for NH and not put Redd behind a paywall.
For starters, I believe that grave in the trailer is nothing more than decoration, probably for whatever they'll call Halloween. On my first day, I did see a ghost across the river, but since I didn't have any means to cross it, I couldn't interact with it.
That stairway in the museum can be for a number of things: Redd's art gallery, Brewster's Roost (didn't he used to be in the museum prior to New Leaf?), or anything.
Also, I finally unlocked KK Slider, which means I have all currently available shops built. But Isabelle said today that it would be nice if there were more stores on the island, so I figure something is coming.
It’s kind of dumb that all of this was not put in the initial game. Animal crossing really shouldn’t have a “live service” type rollout when past entries had every holiday and every character already on the disc and ready to go.
@SepticLemon Agreed, I feel like eventually Celeste will be moving in. After all, she'd need to be on an upper level! (Personally, in terms of not-yet-arrived-SPs, I'm more eager for the arrival of Brewster.)
I also think Tortimer Island will come later on cos of the dock on the island.
@personauser93 completely agree, it also makes the physical cart pretty worthless in the long run too. I unlocked K.K. Slider this morning and even that was hugely underwhelming compared with previous entries, especially when you think of the potential with the crafting system. I'm sure over time this will have an amazing array of content but at launch I do feel its lacking considering it's the 5th installment
It just felt to me like they removed a LOT of the content that I really enjoyed. But it still has some pretty fun features to mess around with. I wish we had more room for custom designs too.
When you offer to donate something to Blathers even though you have nothing he will remind you that the museum is "currently accepting" fishes, bugs and fossils. Might hint at something.
It might be possible they're hiding things and features in DLC and updates to prevent time travelers from spoiling them to others (Now there's a sentence I never thought I'd get to write).
Either Redd and his art is coming back eventually through an update, or he's been reassigned for a different role in New Horizons like with Resseti. I think it might be in the later since why have would he now have a birthday when he didn't in the previous games?
Considering this is made by the Splatoon dev team, I imagine there's a whole hell of a lot of additional content outside of these DIY seasonal events that'll be added in the future
I've missed Kapp'n and his sea chanties. That pier on one end of the island may be a hint at his future return (perhaps along with Redd and/or others in an expansion???). It could also hint at being able to swim around as you could in New Leaf. I'm very anxious to see what happens because I'm running out of items to spend my Nook Miles on, Nintendo!
There's a major lack of content in this game which leaves me confused about the review score tbh. The cafe is gone, minigames are gone, art collecting and diving are gone as well as many other shops and stuff you think would be expanded on in the Switch version. So far the only seasonal update we've had has ONLY brought the seasonal items so these free DLC expansions better get more expansive or the high review scores were absolutely premature and undeserving.
though I do miss some characters, I really like the approach for the vanilla. Who are the essential characters and services, and how do we make those as fun and streamlined as we can first?
In hindsight, new leaf did not have this philosophy. I fired it up just to compare, and that game is so bloated with nonessential characters that the entire game is talking to shop owners. NH still has lots of dialogue, but I feel like you get much more actual play time.
@Peterjr1 lol this is the dumbest take I’ve ever seen in my life
@Crockin what is dumb about '10/10 game on Switch should have more/better content than the 3DS version'?.
@Peterjr1 like what does this even mean? NH is superior in nearly every way to NL. I don’t even think about the stuff that didn’t make the cut because the essential mechanics and services have been so refined. It Wasn’t a review of a copy of new leaf where they just arbitrarily removed characters, it was a review of NH. What planet are you on
I can't wait to see what the future will bring.
Maybe a huge summer dlc for swimming, diving.
Fall can be the minigames. And can't forget about the holidays as well!
I really want to see many of the furniture from Pocket camp to come to NH cause some of those things are just so adorable!
@Crockin but I'm not talking about charcaters. I'm talking about FEATURES. Things to do. Diving isn't a character and that's gone. Working in the cafe isn't a character and that's gone. Minigames arent a character and they're gone etc. You may appreciate less things to do and less ways to interact with your villagers and town but I don't.
@Peterjr1 there’s not less things to do though. It’s all superficial, and that’s why this is such a strange take. Diving is just picking things up. Villagers have More dynamic behavior and initiated at least 3 different mini games for me so far. Yea working in the cafe is gone(boring and pointless anyway), but now with nook miles you are rewarded for doing the core animal crossing activities, plus terraforming and outdoor decoration. Those 3 things alone make it far more substantial than anything before, and I’m not even including all the QoLs.
I'm positive that second floor space in the museum will probably be given to Celeste, i could be wrong but i bet i am right! 😉
@Chibi_Manny I think this prediction is plausible, and I actually would be very into it
Spoiler? This is about a possibly removed side activity that's been in the Animal Crossing series since the original Gamecube game. Nothing that's meant to intrigue or surprise you. Also, it's been suspected that the art gallery has possibly been removed after the release of a trailer back in February.
I'm betting that the roost along with brewster & gyroids will come back, based on data mining from the game.
Tom Nook's old partner and current rival
the black market fox, will the shady thief return?
@Kalmaro Imagine a shady boat turning up on the end of the pier though smuggling contraband under Tom Nooks nose. It would be amazing 😂
@J-Biz It should be an event, Redd just trying to sneak onto the island.
@Crockin "NH still has lots of dialogue, but I feel like you get much more actual play time."
I agree. And along with crafting and the ability to freely decorate outdoors, I feel like I have a lot more to do than just hunt for fish and bugs to sell (which is what I mostly did in New Leaf trying to pay off those obscenely expensive special projects). And I have yet to unlock the landscaping tools! It seems ironic that a more focused Animal Crossing leads to a more expansive experience.
@Crockin I feel you're being a little harsh on @Peterjr1's view. Whilst I don't agree that the game should be reviewed worse - It is it's own thing with many new additions and refinements, but I'm also missing some of the things he's mentioning and do feel the game needs padding out in time with diving, art collection etc... Diving is on the same level as say digging - it was a great addition.
And to be honest I was expecting some very ambitious new stuff, terraforming aside. For an island game I expected diving to be expanded - not removed. I honestly thought they might have an actual underwater section in detailed coral reefs that you collected in - finding species that don't come to the surface. Like ya' know a 3D underwater environment to explore. So yes, there is a basis to think Nintendo could have gone further. I'm glad to here you're starting to see some mini-games - cos I'm missing them too. We could have had birds and small mammals added - squirrels and sh*t - not to collect - but maybe to spot and photograph with another encyclopaedia to fill out. There is tons of radical new idea's they could have done. Imagine all the cool seasonal birds you could search for.
The game is very good - but far from perfect. For instance for all the effort they have put into the details some of the dialog is very very repetitive and I often find myself thinking 'how long would a couple more responses have taken to write'. Also I was thinking of recommending this to my Sisters family - but I can't do it - it think they'll feel cheated when they discover it's effectually a 'one game save' game. That's terrible.
Anyway I'm enjoying it, and have great faith the game will become even more special in time. But I think the likes of @Peterjr1 have a valid voice. I've notice anyone picking any fault with this game is instantly targeted. That's not right – there is some valid criticism out there.
Interesting to read through all the comments. I am an AC newbie, so a lot of the things that are apparently missing, I have never experienced. I find it interesting that people seem to be annoyed at the thought of content being added as DLC. I personally couldn’t disagree more, I’m happy that things aren’t being spoiled for me too much, and that each new thing is a surprise and therefore exciting! The last thing I want is to visit somebodies island and see a bunch of stuff from a festival that isn’t meant to be happening yet. There were a couple of islands that I know people have been time travelling, and it leaves me a little sad about it, my island is coming along now, but I’ve enjoyed having to work for it, that’s half the joy isn’t it?
I was all set to be disappointed with the game, to find it boring or monotonous but I’ve been very pleasantly surprised. Maybe too much so, as I’m spending a LOT of time in ACNH while doing my bit and staying in!
People have been way too alarmist about the missing content from ACNH compared to previous games. We got Zipper through a free event, and we're going to get Leif later this month through another free event. I
I think it's 100% plausible and I also firmly believe that nearly ALL of the missing special characters will be making a return to the game, whether as an event character or as a permanent addition to the game. I completely agree that the upper level of the museum is going to be built eventually, and my personal theory is that in addition to paintings returning, they're going to bring back the custom museums from New Leaf and possibly have Celeste as a permanent fixture of the museum (but still have her wander outside if there's meteor showers). I also think the upper level is where we'll see Brewster return, if they don't give him his own separate cafe which may or may not be possible. One of the trailers did state that "additional facilities" were planned after all. Granted, it would suck for all the people that put work into their island setups to have to add a new building, but I honestly wouldn't mind the opportunity to mix things up and at least have a returning character back.
I also think the paltry amount of special characters that visit your island randomly is suspicious, and I think it's a good indication that they plan on adding more random visitors (Katrina? Katie/Kaitlin? etc) as permanent parts of the game in future updates. Right now, they literally have almost the bare minimum of special visitors. You got your fish/bug NPCs in CJ and Flick, you got your wallpaper/floor seller in Saharah, you got your shoes/accessories with Kicks. In terms of fetch quest NPCs you have Wisp and Gulliver which makes for a decent starter variety. But I accept it with full confidence that more will be added in the future. I also think there might be an option added to the airport to fly to the city to visit characters like Gracie Grace, Luna, maybe even Mr. Resetti in his new role as rescue operator. That's just speculation though.
I think everyone needs to calm down about the lack of content in ACNH lol. Our favorites are going to return, I'd be willing to bet money on it. Real money, not bells.
@brunojenso essentially, NH does not have less content; but that depends on what you mean by content exactly. If we’re talking gameplay and which is the most important, then NH has NL beat in every way. If it’s loads of special characters, then it’s NL as of now. But I think if you play NH for at least a week, you’d realize that all the padded out activities and special characters are just filler. I love those games for sure, but this is why NH is the better game at least so far. Their opinion definitely valid, I just thought it was dumb. 🤷🏻♂️
I sure hope paintings won't return
The gimmick was never fun, and due to fakes and the randomness of the items, and the randomness of Red, it made getting them all impossible
@Mountain_Man totally. I was actually a little bummed About the cuts before I played, but now it’s so clear why they only started with the core characters
Honestly, if Paintings are returning, then I'm hoping there's a way for us to identify paintings more easily. I did hear of a way to do so, but all-in-all we shouldn't have to "gamble" with our Bells to hope that we'll get the real deal instead of being swindled. Yes, I'm aware that that's Redd's nature, but still...
I'm a little dumbfounded that stuff that was in previous titles seem to be missing in New Horizons. Hopefully they'll all be added as time goes on but I'd rather have it all on the cartridge from day one.
@personauser93 I think the updates are a great idea and deters time traveling, thus making people play the game the way it was intended.
@StephenYap3 you win some, ya lose some.
@brunojenso there are squirrels, birds and small animals...they are your neighbors and you can photograph them all you want.
@StephenYap3 The "trick" to identify the fakes was to be familiar with the real life art work, because the fakes always had something wrong. I used to have a website bookmarked that told you got to identify which were real and which were forgeries. Of course it wasn't always easy to tell given the fairly low resolution of the 3DS screen. If you just blindly guessed, you had a 75% chance to get it wrong, which made it not much fun for the player.
@HXLXIII That's a fair point we made
However I think you understood me – it'd still be cool to have non-anthropomorphic mammal and birds mulling around - like the little bird on the plaza sign - but a whole collection of them.
@Peterjr1 i agree this game feels more empty than NL. They took so much out as you mentioned, people keep excusing it by saying it might be added in a later update but thats not what i paid for, i paid for a full game. I miss diving and the cafe so much and whats a museum without an art exhibit? Also whats with people saying NH has more dialogue, im already getting repeated convos when talking to villagers. Lol ‘loads’.
@HXLXIII The same logic can be applied when playing through any games on Action 52 NES.
@Mountain_Man ...which is why I said "I did hear of a way to do so". Satisfaction is one thing, but even with that method in mind completing one part of the museum should never rely on absurd luck, especially given that Redd could present a painting you already donated to the museum. Granted, the same could be applied to the fishes, bugs, and fossils, but at least those are more frequently available and don't require you to catch a "specific" one of each without spending a single bell.
@StephenYap3 I agree. While I like Red as a character in the game, what he added to the overall Animal Crossing experience is something I can do without. If he does make a return, let's hope it's in a way that's more enjoyable for the player. Maybe he could occasionally show up in a smuggler ship at the dock with "contraband" consisting of rare items that are otherwise very hard to be obtain, the catch being that the items are so "hot" that Red will only let you buy one item at a time to avoid suspicion.
@Mountain_Man I mean, I'm not telling the devs to "have Redd sell real-deal paintings 100% of the time", but just something that helps give the player a bit of a fighting chance when knowing on whether or not the painting is a well-said purchase or not.
I think he might be already in the game and that you can unlock him by getting a perfect 5 star town rating...?
I kinda want Redd to have his own island (the counterpart to Tom Nooks) which would be more of a seedy and money grubbing version of your island. Complete with rigged casino/lottery overpriced stall stores (of crap stuff) and his usual "fine" art/sculpture store. This island could of course be accessible via Dodo airlines.
Oh, I like this idea. Never did like Redd due to the fact that even from the start, the randomness on getting new art makes completing the collection a drag.
@personauser93 Right. New Leaf did get a massive free update in 2016, but that was to expand the game. New Leaf was very much a complete game when it released in Japan in late 2012 and mid-2013 in the other regions. New Horizons is mostly complete, but adding updates for something as basic as the holidays and potentially returning special characters is ridiculous.
its weird that Redd is missing. hopefully he will appear (not having his tent where the town hall is) i liked it better when certain characters were placed in random locations.
and where is Gracie? i somewhat miss how in the original animal crossing how that giraffe used to make us wash her sports car. hopefully she will make an appearance.
and at this point, i also noticed that there are a few other special (non-holiday) characters missing from the game. why must Nintendo be so mean to us?
@LuigiTheGreenFire It hasn't been confirmed, but the theory is that Nintendo is making the holidays free updates in order to prevent "time travelers" from spoiling the game for other people. They're really emphasizing the shared experience this time around, so that could be their motivation.
@brunojenso I guess it is just a little odd to me to be having normal squirrels and humanoid squirrels coexist. Lol. But I see your point.
@Mountain_Man good I hope so. Screw the time traveler exploiters. I myself am guilty of doing it when I was younger on previous entries, but it's much more enjoyable when you actually play the game the way it's meant to be played.
The "Staircase to Nowhere" is the biggest (and only genuine) giveaway that Redd will soon arrive.
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