Update: It would appear that Nintendo heard you loud and clear, as a new patch - taking the game to Version 1.1.3 - has now fixed the issue. That was fast.
Original Article: Animal Crossing: New Horizons has taken the world by storm, but that's not to say it hasn't had one or two minor hiccups along the way, including this newly discovered glitch which can prevent players from progressing through their Bunny Day event challenges.
Last week, a glitch was found which essentially rendered plots of land unusable after villagers are evicted - although this has now thankfully been patched by Nintendo. Now, a second glitch is starting to frustrate players who are finding that their islands can no longer receive balloons.
We've seen a number of reports come in over the last couple of days which say that popping 300 balloons prevents more from flying into your island. As you may know, there's a Nook Miles achievement in place for knocking 300 balloons out of the sky in total, and some players suggest that reaching this milestone has caused their game to glitch.
The exact requirements to make this happen aren't clear just yet; some players say that they've unlocked the achievement and no longer receive balloons, while others who have achieved that total haven't had any issues. Fans of the game on Reddit have been trying to analyse their in-game stats such as total villagers, whether the player has a campsite, how many human characters are on the island, and more in an attempt to figure out why only certain users are having an issue. Some have even provided full theories.
Usually, not being able to pop balloons for a while wouldn't be too much of an issue - as long as Nintendo can work on another patch soon - but popping balloons is a major part of the current Bunny Day event. If players have already reached this 300 milestone and can no longer pop balloons on their island, they won't be able to complete all of Zipper's in-game tasks. We can only hope that a new fix is just around the corner.
Have you faced this problem in your copy of the game? Have you popped more than 300 but still going strong? Share your experience with us in the comments below.
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I kind of wish I could turn off the Bunny Day events. These eggs are driving me up the wall, pretending to be my fish, taking up all my inventory slots. April 12 can’t come soon enough.
People have already popped 300 balloons? Blimey, I've just passed 50 and thought that was a lot!
I actually agree with you. It's kind of overwhelming for this event to be as long as it is with it taking up so much in the way of collecting resources and things.
I wish they didn't add the Bunny Day balloons the same day as the cherry blossom recipes, I'd rather have those instead of another egg costume...
And some people have said they did not get the Picnic set recipe from Isabel at all....
@Finntendo Picnic set?
That's a little concerning. I really hope it doesn't happen to me as I've been popping balloons all day while building paths around my island. Currently sitting at 250.
@jrpacman The eggs have actually come at a good time for me with how much I'm renovating my island at the moment. Munching down on them all day to move all my trees around.
I'm in the same boat, kind of already over the length and frequency of the Bunny Day event stuff.
@jrpacman yeah I’m sick of them taken my rock hauls away.
Time Travel anyone ?
To prevent Seasonal event.
@Anti-Matter Time traveling ruins your turnips I hear.
That and we should have to cheat to play a game normally.
So, does the 1.1.2 update fix this?
For the delay, this game has a concerning amount of major issues.
The eggs are annoying and I wonder how much thought even went into the event if I can get almost 90 wood eggs from my usual daily island tour, but only 2 earth eggs. I don't remember New Leaf having such a massive egg type imbalance.
@Finntendo yep, I, too, didn‘t get the recipe yesterday, so no picnic set for me... My friend got it on her island...
There was an update this morning maybe addresses issues?
I've experienced none of the reported issues.
I've also come to the conclusion that I'm way behind other people with my progression of my island.
Now one problem that I'm having is not being able to add a "best friend". Both my sons also own the game, we all have each other as best friends on our switch, but for some reason I can't even ask my one son to be my friend in animal crossing! He's even been to my island and me to his!
I hit the achievement early yesterday morning after about 20 minutes of searching for air eggs. I haven't seen a balloon since. I contacted Nintendo, so I guess we just hope for a fix soon. I need the cherry blossom recipes and the bunny day stuff. So disappointed.
@Manah "For the delay, this game has a concerning amount of major issues."
Not really. The two major bugs discovered so far (the villager plot bug, and now this balloon bug) seem to be obscure and require a very specific set of circumstances to trigger. It's really hard to test for that sort of thing, and Nintendo has been quick with the patches, so they'll probably have this sorted out soon.
However, I do agree that the spawn rate of eggs is WAY too high. Fishing has gotten very frustrating when I'm more likely to catch an egg than a fish.
I think I got the 50 balloon Nook milestone yesterday, along with the "lost in the water" milestone. I've lost 5 or 6 in the water now, the balloons really like to follow my river from West to East.
I have wondered what happens after we fill in most of the Nook milestone cards. I know the rewards go up exponentially on some, but as this 300 limit shows, limits will be reached. I thought maybe as each card gets filled in it will get replaced by a new one like the + on top.
I wonder if the 300 limit was purposefully programmed to turn off balloons with them thinking if you've shot that many you don't need anymore. And the people in charge of the seasonal event having no communication with the coders. A perfect example of the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing.
I have 9 toy Animal Crossing amiibo. The first six I scanned into the Nook machine to get them to come to the campsite would NOT come. These weren't free amiibo, I paid for them. All AC amiibo, the others just say "not compatible". Come on Nintendo, there aren't that many AC amiibo, put them in the game. And the ones that don't come should at least give us belles or miles for scanning them like BotW did. Maybe have them drop balloons. As long as we haven't reached 300.😝
I just need some iron nuggets!! Currently getting around 6 per day maybe? And I used my miles for better tools + inventory upgrade. They seriously need to increase drop rates from the stones or give us an alternative way. Iron is also needed to craft better tools.. ;/
Edit: I agree about the eggs. They are fine but I don't like them and they are interfering with fishing etc..
I'm at 250 balloons. i would have popped a lot less, but bunny day events are flooding my town with balloons. i come across one every 5 to 10 minutes. i hope i don't get this issue.
hopefully there isn't a similar issue like this with the fishes, bugs, and shells, because if there is we may all be doomed!
@Kalvort If you start using your Miles to visit islands and make sure to hit all the rocks a maximum eight times, you'll start stacking up iron pretty quickly (even with the egg event). I've got 900 in my storage at the moment.
@BenAV Yeah I need to start earning more miles again.. 900!!! You guys are crazy lol. This is my first Animal Crossing game so I'm taking it slow just playing 1-2 hours a day. Currently trying to pay off the 98k (need about 50k more) by selling bugs and fish I have already donated.
@frogopus I think I only have access to 4 rocks at the moment. Possibly the other 2 are on higher land so need a ladder which I don't have yet. But thanks for the trick!
@Finntendo ohhh I didn't get that either
@Kalvort I was planning to just play a bit each day because I have so many other games I want to play in between but here I am over 100 hours in...
I would lose it if that happened on my game!! I LOVE pop-in balloons!! Also message in a bottle... oh my!!
@jrpacman I've heard other players say if you turn off the internet clock, it basically turns off the event. You need an active connection to participate in these events. People who time travel have to turn off the internet clock so that's likely how people found out.
Unfortunately I'm one of the victims to this bug as of a couple hours ago. I downloaded the latest update before I started playing this morning and after not realising I passed this Nook Miles achievement, I noticed that the constant invasion of Bunny Day balloons had halted entirely despite there previously being no sign of them stopping before.
I'm in mild panic because I don't really care much for the Bunny Day stuff. I'm actually a lot more interested in the Sakura DIY recipes that are running at the same time. Similarly, while I have a couple of Sakura DIY recipes from the normal balloons, I'm also someone who wasn't given the picnic recipe that other players are saying they got from Isabelle. There was no actual mention of the Sakura event and I'm desperately hoping this is all fixed so I can get the actual DIY recipes I was aiming for...
I'm very close to 300, I hope it happens to me and then they patch it out on the 12th. There is a literal invasion of eggs right now on my island, it's overwhelming. Who's sending me all this friggin' pollution?!
@foobarbaz I dunno about 24/7, but definitely non-stop haha. It has been an all consuming thing for me, first game in a long while to do that.
@Kyranosaurus I’m in the exact same boat. Bunny Day is meh, but I LOVE the sakura themed stuff so I’m pretty bummed that I might miss the recipes before they get a patch out.
yeah seriously.. can we just enjoy some cherry blossoms instead of all this ugly eccentric stuff?
@jrpacman Well good thing the European Spring Sale as started. Maybe I'll play some Mario and Rabbids at last till this event is gone.
I've already put 30 hours into this game, but I can't imagine anyone having played enough to take down 300 balloons.
@commentlife It’s time-consuming but in a very satisfying way. One of the few games where I genuinely think “I’ll just do one more thing” and then I’m still playing it an hour later 😅
@rjejr you get posters for them
also, if youre scanning in special characters, they dont come to the campsite at all, they can only be used at photopia
Nintendo patched the land bug real quick. So I have to imagine they'll patch this glitch real quick too.
Moving villagers out when inviting someone from the campsite isn't that obscure though, and adopting isn't either, there was a huge market for villagers in the community when NL was popular.
@jrpacman Agreed! Bring on April 12! I'm ready to get back to my normal fishing and digging.
@BenAV WHAAAAAT you can eat the eggs????! I know, should have been obvious (it's an egg) but foolish me, I didn't even think about eating them. Would have saved me a lot of trouble and some Nook Miles.
@Manah Yes, but the very specific set of circumstances necessary to trigger the bug is probably something the testers never even thought of doing.
I've been having this issue for two days now and because of it not being fixed yet, I had to make another profile to get my hands on those DYI recipes. I just hope Nintendo patches this soon.
Is it just me, or does it feel like there have been more bugs, issues, and glitches in Switch games, first party wise?
Oh no, I have those bugs.
Yesterday I popped the 300th balloon as there were sometimes 3 balloons at once next to each other, and today not a single one all day. Can I not get all cherry blossom DIY recipes now?!?
I also didn't receive a notification for the cherry blossom event and didn't get a picknick item, despite playing every day.
@somebread I did Photopia first before the campsite, I think only 4, maybe 5, of my 9 Animal Crossing amiibo toys showed up there for photos, but yes I did get posters. But why just posters? There aren't THAT many AC amiibo, it's not like all of Smash. Most amiibo worked in Super Mario Maker 1 as skins. All the major amiibo should be posters - Mario, Link, Zelda, Peach - and all the AC amiibo should appear in game, if not at the campsite at least for photos. Wasn't this game delayed like 6 months? They couldn't add them in?
Yay! Got the picnic set recipe today! So maybe it is intentional that not everyone gets it the same day. Or it was because nothing else was to be announced by Isabelle...
It's been fixed.
btw. there is a new update today to 1.1.3
So long as your gate is open no balloons will spawn I've noticed. I'd assume these players are smarter than that though.
I hate how they're live servicing the game. You need to update the game to get events, they're now several days long instead of Holidays and one day events like in the real world as was tradition in past games. Now you have to be online 24/7 (so no airplane mode to save battery life) to participate in the timed events. So Halloween will be a week or two in length and you must be online 24/7 to access it otherwise nothing will be different in your game. I seriously hate this. All because of multiplayer too. They need to remove it entirely!
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