Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a life-simulator game developed and published by Nintendo. New Horizons is the fifth main title of the series following New Leaf. The age features iconic characters like Isabelle and Tom Nook, along with additional island customization options.
Since Animal Crossing: New Horizon has been released and we’ve seen a bunch of different updates and patches which have changed the game in significant ways. Mostly these patches and updates introduce new features and content which we’ve come to know and love. However, sometimes they’ve actually removed things from the game whether this be a glitch that they’ve patched or a feature that people knew about.
These are the things that they have removed from the game:
- Mysterious Island of Hybrid Flowers
- Earth Day and the tasks that allowed us to earn extra miles for planting, etc.
- Star fragment trees
- Mysterious Island of Big Fish
- Trees on the roads after Nintendo fixed the bug
Why did Nintendo remove these things?
Star fragment (and other stuff) on trees was hacked and not intended by Nintendo, that’s why they were removed.
We can’t be sure why they removed Earth Day NM+, it can be speculated they were redundant since after their first appearance they entered the regular rotation anyways.
Big fish hybrid island (big fish island is still on the game) and Hybrid island were probably removed because they were not the same for everyone and offered different flowers depending on your island’s native/sister flowers. Thus, a player could get lucky and get roses, which feature more hybrids and the hardest one to get. You can still get all hybrids on your own tho.
Aside from the hacked trees, everything is speculation, as Nintendo hasn’t said the exact reason.