19 best Animal Crossing: New Horizons tips: Real vs. fake art, befriending villagers and more

Nature Day is bring all sorts of exciting features (and visitors) to your island.


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Redd, the art-dealing fox, is visiting islands in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the wildly popular island life simulator for the Nintendo Switch. Yes, telling authentic art from forgeries is a new entry on our long list of Animal Crossing obsessions, joining the hunt for rare fish, fossils, bugs and plants that populate the beloved franchise. 

As ever, Nintendo continues to mix the perfect video game cocktails to help us face the realities of social distancing and quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic — especially if you play online with friends.

Along with the fossils scattered around my island, I’ve dug up a few nuggets of wisdom to make the game smoother and more rewarding as you build your life on the island, and I’ve added more as I’ve explored. So here are a few tips and tricks for players of all kinds, whether you’re already hard at work filling your museum or buying the game is still on your personal horizon. I’ll update this post as more tips come along.


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