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Before Animal Crossing: New Horizons was even released on the Nintendo Switch, fans spotted an eerie gravestone in one of the game's trailers. Many within the community latched onto this at the time, which then led to theories a beloved character in Nintendo's social simulation series had died.

At the time, many thought it might have been the former town mayor, Tortimer - who went into retirement in Animal Crossing: New Leaf on the 3DS. Well, fast forward to today and it's been discovered Tortimer is still alive and well. Yes, that's right folks, the old tortoise is still kickin' - here's how social media reacted:

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons' next free update, scheduled for 5th November, players will be able to locate Tortimer on Harvey's Island in a brand new plaza section with various other animals who offer all sorts of different services. Tortimer will help players manage their storage, by the looks of it.

If you would like to learn more about all the returning characters in the game, be sure to check out our guide. How did you react to Tortimer's appearance in the latest Animal Crossing Direct? Leave a comment down below.