Animal Crossing: New Horizons could get these unannounced characters

The Animal Crossing New Horizons Direct is coming Friday, and with it, we’ll find out what’s coming to the game in a long-overdue content update. Although Nintendo teased Brewster, the barista, already, fans hope that more characters will join the game.

It’s hard to imagine who that could be. Some fan favorites, like Kapp’n the turtle and Dr. Shrunk, the axolotl-turned-psychologist, have yet to make an appearance on the island settlements. So Polygon drew up a list of major characters from previous Animal Crossing games that haven’t been announced yet, and analyzed the likelihood that they’ll show up in a future update.

This isn’t a comprehensive list of Animal Crossing characters who have yet to appear in the latest game. As it turns out, Tom Nook and his accompanying enterprises have cleared out an entire local economy of hardworking artisans and postal workers, so quite a few figures of note haven’t made it into New Horizons and possibly won’t. As such, this list highlights those who have played major roles in previous games but haven’t been seen yet.


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Let’s start with the obvious: Brewster the pigeon. He’s practically a lock for Friday’s Direct, as Nintendo shared a blurred image of what looks to be his coffee shop in the Nintendo Direct at the end of September. And while he remains unconfirmed, it’s very likely he’ll make an appearance on Friday.

Booker, and Copper are police dogs

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These cops may look cute, but don’t let your guard downThey are. The aptly named Booker and Copper are two dogs who policed the town in the games through 2013’s Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Both of these possibilities are possible. Animal Crossing New HorizonsIt may seem very low. It is peaceful on the island. There’s no need for cops, and there’s no jail, even. There’s just no use for the two anymore.


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It was a strange way for me to miss this sweetie with the bald head singing. In previous games, Kapp’n the turtle has played a variety of roles, such as taxi driver and boat captain. He was able to get you there no matter what your job. He’s a great guy and he deserves to be put back into the game. It seems that he is not available for now. Animal Crossing New Horizons is low — we have planes now, and he doesn’t pilot them. However, maybe if all the fans across the world joined together in a beautiful song, Nintendo would hear us and find him some work so that Kapp’n, and his entire family, could return.

Katrina, the fortune teller

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It’s a pity we haven’t gotten Katrina already. Because she already owns a tent, it would make her a great fortune teller. Maybe she should be updated — I would love to see her character focus more on horoscopes, since there’s such an emphasis on birthdays throughout the game. She could visit the island only on certain days. I’d say there’s a decent shot we could see her at some point, since she’d be pretty easy to add and would enrich the world of the game.

Pelly, Pete and Phyllis at the post office

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We have a low probability of ever seeing Pete or Pelly again. Animal Crossing New Horizons. There’s just no reason for the post office anymore. There are no need for the post office. We can use our smartphones, balloons, or planes. Even though snail mail remains a major part of Animal Crossing it is now a centralized postal system. That’s a bummer, because they did more than just deliver mail — their love triangle also provided the island a good deal of drama.

The comedian, psychologist and extraordinaire Dr. Shrunk

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Dr. Shrunk is the ugliest axolotl I’ve ever seen, but that doesn’t mean he can’t make for a good therapist (and comedian). His previous game taught him how to make emotes. Since villagers are now able to teach them how to use them, we no longer require him. However, it’s still possible he’ll pop over for a visit and share something new with us. That is, if he’s not replaced by a younger, cuter descendant, as we’ve seen with other axolotls.

Harriet, the salon artist

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Harriet the dog, a true visionary of beauty & grace is the operator and owner of each salon. Wild World Animal Crossing In New LeafShe allowed her players to alter their hairstyles by using a sliding-scale questionnaire. You can find it here New Horizons though, you can just go to a vanity mirror and change your villager’s look for yourself. Alas, I’d say that means we probably won’t get her in Animal Crossing New Horizons

Don Resetti & Mr. Resetti

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There is no post office Is there a salon? It seems like there’s a bit of a labor crisis in Animal Crossing New HorizonsIt is. If you can’t make yourself useful to the new island economy, it’s off to the chopping block for you. Resetti the perpetually disturbed mole has taken on a new role as rescuer. Animal Crossing New Horizons. He lectured the players about how to reset their consoles in an older game. However, New Horizons hints at Resetti’s job, we’ve yet to see either him, or his brother Don Resetti, for that matter. Given his popularity, and the fact that Nintendo EPD already gave him a new job, there’s a decent chance we’ll see more of him — or at least someone from his family.

Farley the Gnome

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This is a bit of a deep cut, but I wanted to highlight one of Animal Crossing’s weirdest characters, Farley. He is a gnome, and a rare exception to the game’s all-animal world (besides the villager, of course). In the first game, this magical character was introduced. Animal CrossingAs a reward, the town’s perfect player was given a gold ax. There is almost no chance that he will be re-acquired, as we have already upgraded our items without him. Moreover, he hasn’t made an appearance in a North American release since Animal CrossingHe is. He’s still a fun, if forgotten, part of Animal Crossing history.

Porter is the monkey

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The island is unconnected by trains Animal Crossing: New Horizons Porter’s railroad uniform looked like a toy soldier, so we bid him farewell. The monkey isn’t particularly needed, nor all that popular, so there’s a low chance that he’ll make a return.

Digby, Isabelle’s brother

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Digby, Isabelle’s less well-known, but equally adorable twin brother, is Digby. It is not easy to live up to Isabelle’s reputation. In previous games, Digby worked at the Happy Home Showcase, which allowed players to visit other homes via the Nintendo DS’ StreetPass feature. His job may be redundant because there is no StreetPass for the Nintendo Switch. Unless Isabelle pulls some strings and creates a new job for him, there’s a pretty low chance of his return.

The parents of all the cuter and younger animals

This shout-out was for those Animal Crossing characters who have aged out and been replaced by more youthful, cute counterparts. You will likely not be able to play the new game if you have a replacement. This includes Chip (CJ’s dad); the aged but wise Joan the boar (Daisy Mae’s grandma); and Nat, the old bug catcher.

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