by: Danielle Sullivan
This Friday, Nintendo released a 23 minute direct, exclusively about updates to Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Some of these updates are free, while others are paid. Regardless, there is enough awesome new content coming our way, that you will want to get back to your island and take care of all the weeds before they drop on November 5th. In case you missed the direct or don’t have the time to watch it, here’s a rundown of all the new content being added.
The Roost Cafe
As was hinted in the September Nintendo Direct, Brewster and his cafe The Roost will be returning to Animal Crossing. On November 5th, The Roost will be a new location to visit inside the museum. While there, you can drink coffee, meet up with friends via Nintendo Online, or invite Amiibo characters to visit with you.
Boat tours with Kapp’n
Kapp’n is also returning with this update and will be providing boat tours (as well as singing sea shantys). These boat tours will allow you to visit mysterious islands, some with never before seen plants. It may also be a different season or time of the day on these mystery islands, making them a great opportunity to catch bugs or fish you may have missed throughout the year.
Market on Harv’s island
Harv’s island is getting a big upgrade with some help from his friend Harriet. Regular visiting vendors such as Redd, Saharah and Kicks will be invited to set up permanent shops and you can contribute bells to make it happen. There will be a furniture customization shop and a fortune teller run by Reese/Cyrus and Katrina respectively. Harveys friend Harriet will also be teaching new hairstyles.
DIY cooking recipes will be added. Your villager can now harvest veggies such as tomatoes, wheat and carrots which you can then use as ingredients in delicious meals.
Quality of life updates
Increases in storage, reactions and new exterior home designs are some other small ways this update is adding to the game. Another great quality of life update is island ordinances. With this addition, you will be able to talk to Isabelle and make residents wake up earlier or later based on your schedule or reduce the rate that weeds grow. You can also now invite your island villagers to join you in an adorable group stretching routine, a very japanese addition if I do say so myself.
Either purchased separately for $24.99 or included with the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion pack, Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise adds a whole new type of gameplay. With this DLC you will join the Paradise Planning team and will be tasked with designing vacation homes for a variety of characters.
Working alongside Lottie, you will visit a new resort area located in an archipelago, a cluster of small islands. Once there, you will take on clients and create homes based on their requests. Many new home design features are included in this DLC, such as adding partition walls, counters, ambient lighting and background noise.
As you gain experience you will also gain access to more furniture and can remodel homes of previous clients. There will be vacant buildings on the islands as well which you can design into anything you’d like. Home designs can be shared with your friends through the Happy Home Network app in your Nook phone and you can invite specific clients with Amiibo. All of the design techniques you learn in this DLC can be brought back to your own island and can be used to remodel your own or other islanders homes. You can also bring back souvenirs from the archipelago like chocolates to gift to your islands residents.
I’m so happy to see Animal Crossing: New Horizons get so much new game content added. It breathes new life into a game that may have gotten a bit stale for some of its players. With the addition of free updates and exciting paid DLC, Animal Crossing fans may find themselves spending hundreds of more hours into this wholesome and absolutely charming game.
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Danielle Sullivan is a guest writer at All Ages of Geek. You can follow her on Twitter @sugarkittymeow & Instagram @sugarkittymeow