Animal Crossing New Horizons

24 Feb 2021

Is Animal Crossing New Horizons Down Today? Server Maintenance and January Update

Animal Crossing New Horizons is getting ready to drop the game's next big dollop of content, with the new January update.

This update is going to be filled with content that players will be able to check out.

One of the larger updates we are going to see, as it is going to include the Festivale Event; set to begin early next month. 

However, before we can get our hands on his new batch of content, Nintendo will likely need to take the game's servers offline for maintenance.

For those wondering, server maintenance isn't unusual, Nintendo had to the same for the previously released Summer and Fall updates. 

Let's check it out below! 



Previously with the Fall update, Nintendo released a new in-game message confirming maintenance.

This took place from 5:55PM Pacific Time / 8:55PM Eastern Time and ending at 7:30PM Pacific Time / 10:30PM Eastern Time.

In the United Kingdom, that was actually 1.55am until 3.30am.

During the maintenance window, all network services for the game were unavailable - alongside the NookLink service within the Nintendo Switch Online mobile app.

We suspect that we'll see the same sort of maintenance schedule for the release of Animal Crossing New Horizons January update.

As with all updates and server maintenance, it's possible the game's downtime could be extended should the team encounter any issues.

Although based on the past releases, these tend to be fairly well handled, so we wouldn't foresee any issues.

Should we learn more in the coming hours, we'll be sure to update this page with more info.



Your new ACNH update should download automatically, but for those needing help, here's a quick guide on the steps you should follow to do it manually.

  • Connect the Nintendo Switch console to the internet.
  • Return to the HOME Menu and launch the game.
  • The update will be downloaded and installed automatically.
  • Once the update is installed, the newest version number will be displayed on the title screen.