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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Hakkejima Event Will Return

The Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Hakkejima Sea Paradise collaboration event will run from April 17 to July 9, 2024. This event will take place in the real Hakkejima Sea Paradise aquarium in Japan. [Thanks, Famitsu!]

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There will be several events at the Hakkejima Sea Paradise for fans of both Animal Crossing: New Horizons and people who just really like marine life. You’ll be able to see over a hundred fish and other sealife from the game in person. Each exhibit will have Blathers’s description, as well as comments and trivia from the actual aquarium staff.

During the collaboration event, you can also go on a stamp rally, participate in a fishing competition, go hunting for scallops, and watch animals perform to the music from the game. Most of these events do require an extra fee. For example, you need to pay 200 JPY ($1.30) to look for scallops and 1800 JPY ($11.90) to participate in the fishing competition. There will also be a collaboration menu, such as coffee with Brewster’s face on the cup or a seafood barbecue consisting of animals that you can donate to Blathers.

The first time this event took place was back in 2021. It’s unclear why the organizers chose not to run the event again until now. Considering the scale, however, it might have been rather expensive. The Hakkejima Sea Paradise is an aquarium and amusement park in Yokohama, Japan. You can get a day pass for 5900 JPY ($38.90) which covers everything from your entry fee to the fee you pay for the activities.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is readily available on the Nintendo Switch.


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