It's a brand new month in the real world, which means that it's also a brand new month in our favourite, alternative Animal Crossing: New Horizons universe. This month brings with it a couple of new in-game goodies, so make sure you don't miss out.
First off is the May Day event! Starting from today (1st May) until 7th May, you'll be able to use a one-time May Day Ticket at the island airport. This lets you head out on a limited-time tour to an island that's rather different to your usual mystery island tours. You'll definitely want to make sure you take up the opportunity before the event comes to a close - we hear there might be a "special visitor" waiting for you.
That's not all, though, because upon starting the game today, you'll notice a letter waiting for you from none other than Tom Nook. He invites you to check out the Nook Stop Terminal, where you'll find a new limited-time item waiting for you.
For 600 Bells, you can buy a 'Thank-you Mom mug' for Mother's Day. You can get it by heading to the 'Nook Shopping' section of the Terminal and going over to the 'Seasonal' tab. It's available until 31st May to coincide with the actual Mother's Day which is also this month - unless you live in the UK, where it took place in March for some reason.
Remember to send it as a gift to your own mother if she plays, as demonstrated by our very own features editor, Gav. Hi Gav's mum!
Still sinking every last spare second into the game? Let us know how you're getting on with it in the comments below.
Here I was hoping this was some kind of deal where I could get an actual mug.
@AlexSora89 That pic is still amazing even months later.
I am slowly getting into Animal Crossing New Horizons now. Finally got the Museum built and am almost ready to have the shop built. I think the biggest problem for me was the fact that for the longest time, I had no clue what the frick I was doing. Either I am blind or it doesn't seem to be very newbie friendly. Regardless, now there seems to be something to track what I have collected, I feel like there is now a goal in the game for me to aim for. Looking forward to playing some more later.
AC is trailing off for me now. Went ham on it for a couple weeks now I just go on to do dailies, my backlog isn't gonna play itself after all.
You guys had an article at the end of March about what fish and bugs were about the expire. There wasn't one for April but please consider making one for May. They are really useful.
@RainbowTashie i dont know if you ever played AC before but thats the gem about the game. Although you may feel like you've done all the best of the game, you still come back daily to talk to villagers, do the events and just have fun in the town. Even if you just do 30mins a day before other games, theres something different about Animal Crossing.
"...to coincide with the actual Mother's Day which is also this month - unless you live in the UK, where it took place in March for some reason". That reason is, in the UK, Mother's Day is the same as (ie taken over) Mothering Sunday, which is the 4th Sunday of Lent. Mothering Sunday was (I believe - sorry if I'm wrong) the day when Christians went to the "Mother Church" of their parish for worship.
@MS7000 "it doesn't seem to be very newbie friendly"
No, I don't think it is. I've been gaming since '97 and I had to ask a lot of questions on here and Twitter to figure a lot of stuff out. I bought this game to relax and Zen out during the pandemic, about 200 hours now since I got it delivered release day, but it's more stressful than I thought it would be. My OCD is showing.
600 bells for the Mother's Day Mug is coincidentally about what I'll be making in interest on my 1.6mil now that they've lowered the interest rate from .5% to .05%. I was excited last night when I asked Echo how much I'd be making in interest today but then after I shut off the game I remembered it's not .5%, it's .05%, blah.
Oh well, time to pay off my 2nd floor so I can get a basement and finally pay off the slope to the 3rd level that has been sitting there for a week collecting about 600 bells a day from my 10 villagers.
Mystery Mothers Day journey here I come. If it isn't raining, I really don't like playing this game in the rain. Did it yesterday for way too many hours trying to catch a coelcanth, but just dabs and seabass and junk. I only need to many snails and locusts.
@ryando - You obviously missed April's guide - https://www.nintendolife.com/guides/animal-crossing-new-horizons-april-fish-and-bugs-catch-these-critters-before-may-1st
@Kabbij Woah..You're clever!!!
Event was pretty short though.
I've played all except city folk. Exactly that's what i mean. It was nice to play it for 10 hours a day but there's something comforting about checking in every day
Actually, I've just updated the April guide to include the fish and bugs leaving at the end of May. Still, if you want to know what you missed out we've still got Zion's video
@dartmonkey - But that still means that the other guy missed the April guide, as I stated...
@zitpig Yep, but if they click the link you posted it now goes to the May guide
aww the mug is so cute
But like I said, he missed what was then, April's. He said that Nintendo Life didn't do one for April. I showed that they did.
Thank you guys. I check the site a few times a day but somehow missed the April reminder. I've not missed catching anything though. Time to start grinding clams to catch the golden trout!
@ryando The Golden Trout took lots of bait for me to finally catch, but my son caught it easily. My hardest fish so far was the Barreleye. That took a whole month and tons of bait
@rjejr I feel like in the attempt to make the game peaceful, they tried to minimise what structure there is in the game so you can approach the game how you see fit, but there are no tips as to what to do first. I guess the big clue was "oh, here's your bill, you should pay off my loan". But even Breath of the Wild had some structure at the beginning so you could get on your way, and that is very free on what you can do in whatever order.
I think another thing that irked me is I ended up playing Persona 5 Royal between me first playing AC, and when I returned like a week or so later, the two villagers on my island had houses instead of tents, and I was stuck with my tent. What the frick, man? Why have they got houses and I don't. It just felt like most of the things I saw everyone else doing, I couldn't and that just killed my motivation. I obviously did stick with it though, even if for no other reason than to feel like I didn't waste my money on the game, and I think I am slowly enjoying it now. Looking forward to expanding my house.
I started playing AC with New Leaf, my daughter was 8 then and we played it together. I loved my village. Until the cartridge got left on the floor of an international flight by accident (my daughter had to sit quietly for 12 hours, she did because she had my 3ds). I have put over 300 hours into New Horizons, I’ve played every day since Southern Hemisphere release. I’m now starting to really put some planning into how I want everything to look. I’ve made a no time travel pact and am so glad I did. I’m In for the very long haul and aiming for a 5 Star island without gaming bell systems. I want to see what comes next when the designers want it to happen. I am liking the events being released as updates. It’s a great way to keep interest levels high. I’m suspecting we will see swimming and diving becoming a feature of the game in the summer quarter of the game. Fingers crossed. I’ve been gaming since I bought the PS1 when it first came out. I’ve played lots of games, but this is the only game other than New Leaf, that I have felt truly engaged and captivated by. Nothing to maim, kill or blow up. It’s a magic game.
@MS7000 I focused all my time on my house, not just b/c I wanted a bigger house, but b/c I needed more storage b/c I hate inventory management in all my games. So while I did get 10 villagers after not too long I kept paying off my house, and still my island is mostly trees, no real renovation.
There is no story to progress, but there are end credits. I had to ask about getting to the credits, it involves island development, not home improvement. I think - dont' know but think - the people who created the game really wanted us to constantly improve the island more than our homes - might be a Japanese mindset of putting the collective before the individual, and they tend to live in closets over there in the cities, not 2 story homes w/ basements like we do in the US.
The thing that keep me playing more than anything, even the pandemic, is the never ending rain. Like 3 or 4 days a week ti just rains all day. I'd really much rather be outside working in my yard, but I can't, so I play AC 6 hours a day. And every week I say I'm done and something else pops up to keep me interested for a few more hours. They have the drip-feed down pat. Instructions not so much.
I am sort of glad that home improvement is not measuring stick this time. I really don't want to expand past the larger main room as I want the challenge of an almost tiny house home design (yeah, I'm a little weird but it is something different to do with my fourth Animal Crossing game). As for town, I am going to attempt to fit everyone into a single region or two to make a village. My plan in a main town with a small farm to the north but not expand past those regions.
All of that to say, I am going to play the game my way and if I see credits then wonderful. But otherwise, I am going to live my Dr. Dolittle experience on my own terms in real time.
Meanwhile, I haven’t played this game in over a month because my daughter is the resident representative and hasn’t advanced the town in the slightest. Patiently waiting for a patch, Nintendo.
Thanks for the tip! That's a real cute mug.
I completely overlooked the mug! Thanks for the info!
@stuie1234 To each their own. To me it is a design challenge and if I get bored with it, I can always pay my semi-forced debt to Nook to get something bigger. But it just seems to contradict my outlook in life to get an Animal Crossing McMansion.
so, is nook selling us this mug to give to our mothers or is someone's mother selling it to nook to sell to use to give to her? lmao
and why a mug? why not a card that we can purchase through the game, that will give us some My Nintendo points to redeem actual greeting cards. one of which may be a mothers day card.
@LavaTwilight I am getting the same feeling. Probably because the game still has ways to go in terms of updates before it really shines brightest.
@stevenw45 You buy it from Nook Shopping.
Every month I’ve been like, I’ll start completing the fish and bugs next month.
Loved the maze! Such a quirky and unexpected treat. Mini games like this now and then would be very welcome.
My friend didnt get the mayday island ticket , Tom nook didnt offer it, nor did she get bunny day event, ..though that did mean she didnt get frustrated by all the eggs! So is there a reason why shes not getting the events
@Nickjt is your friend connected to the internet? Correct me if I’m wrong but these events require a game update.
It did an update but she didnt get the mayday event, I am concerned as I think she time travelled once a few days after the game was released , so does this mean she is banned from all events?
@Hippy_Pirate_89 we eventually sorted out the problem, she hadn't created an online account so yes the console updated but because the console wasn't linked to a Nintendo account it didn't give her the special events , as soon as she did all worked fine , even before we paid for online access
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