Nintendo is currently celebrating the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. and there has been a whole lot of Mario-related announcements today. Even Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been included in the party, with Nintendo announcing during the Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary Direct that there will be Mario-themed furniture in the game next year.
— Nintendo UK (@NintendoUK) September 3, 2020
That being said, having Mario-themed furniture isn’t new to the Animal Crossing franchise. In fact, all the previous games in the series have added Mario-themed furniture. Originally, though, you could only get these special furniture via events and promotions.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf, on the other hand, had special Fortune Cookies at Nook’s shop, which you could get using Play Coins. (Play Coins could be earned by using the 3DS’ pedometer.) These Fortune Cookies had all kinds of prizes, and most if not all were Nintendo-themed, including Super Mario, Legend of Zelda, and more.
The Mario-themed furniture in previous Animal Crossing titles featured a Fire Flower, a Green Pipe with a Piranha Plant, as well as a Super Mushroom. Mario Kart items were also included, such as the Triple Red Shells for example.
There were also flooring and wallpaper that were themed after Super Mario Bros. World 1-1. If you acquired all these items, it definitely turned your Animal Crossing room into a brand-new game.
So far, Nintendo only announced Mario-themed furniture, but this could possibly be a stepping-stone for the company to include other Nintendo-themed items in the future to Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
This crossover won’t take place until March 2021, so there’s a lot of waiting we have to do. For now, though, there will be an Autumn update that’s scheduled to go live soon.
We don’t have an idea as to when this update will go up, but it’s currently Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and the game has already had some seasonal changes.