In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Nintendo is bringing back a lot of the beloved nonplayable characters we know and love, while also introducing some new ones.
While some of them have appeared in the background of promotional art, Thursday morning’s Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct finally gave names and objectives for most of them. Some of these NPCs are serving a new purpose, but some are replacing old NPCs, which raises the question: What happened to the old NPCs? Are they out of work now? Maybe they’ve retired? I’m worried.
Regardless, here are the new characters that we know of in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which will be released March 20 on Nintendo Switch:
Orville and Wilbur
Two dodos run Dodo Airlines, which delivers your mail and also takes you around to different islands. It appears that Orville runs the desk, and a sunglasses-wearing dodo named Wilbur pilots the airplane.
Oh, silly Nintendo, making it so the airline is run by a set of flightless birds named after the Wright brothers.
Joan, the turnip seller from the previous Animal Crossing games, seems to have been replaced by Daisy Mae, a baby boar who resembles her. The young boar seems to now be in charge of the stalk market, where players can attempt to buy turnips for cheap from Daisy Mae, and attempt to sell them for a higher value. I would die for her.
Nat has been replaced with a younger, red lizard named Flickr. He seems extremely punk and cool. Like Nat, he is probably going to eat the bugs we catch for him. Disgusting.
This young beaver is replacing Chip, the guy who used to run the old fishing tourneys. He’s cuter and rounder than Chip, and he certainly seems like more of an athlete with those sunglasses on top of his head.