Animal Crossing: Happy Home Paradise DLC Is Now Available — Should You Get It? (Buyers Guide)

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After some distance from the early release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons Version 2.0 on Wednesday, the paid Animal Crossing: Happy Home Paradise DLC expansion is now available worldwide!

First released in some regions like Europe and Australia earlier on Thursday, this paid expansion for Animal Crossing: New Horizons can now be purchased or accessed from the North America Nintendo eShop completing its worldwide launch.

How To Get Happy Home Paradise DLC

As a reminder, there are actually two different ways that Animal Crossing players can get their hands on the Happy Home Paradise paid DLC and we’ll explain both in detail below.

Purchase From Nintendo eShop For Permanent Access: The standard way to get the Animal Crossing: New Horizons — Happy Home Paradise DLC is by purchasing a copy in the Nintendo eShop for $24.99 USD / $32.99 CAD / £22.49 GBP. This will grant you permanent access to the entire expansion without attachment to a subscription. You can also purchase a Digital Code from Amazon (USA only) here to support the site.

Subscribe To Switch Online + N64 For Temporary Access: Alternatively, Nintendo has provided another option to enjoy the Animal Crossing: New Horizons — Happy Home Paradise DLC without purchasing a copy. The just-launched Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership grants temporary access to the paid DLC expansion for the duration of your subscription time!

Note that there is one important exception to the temporary access rule, as described below by a Nintendo spokesperson directly:

Players can still continue to access certain things they have unlocked in Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise on their main island, including adding counters, partition walls, as well as adding ambient lighting and soundscapes, even if their access to Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise is suspended.

By the way, if you have access to a Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership, you’ll still need to go into the Nintendo eShop and download the Happy Home Paradise paid DLC — it just won’t cost you anything extra.

Should You Get Happy Home Paradise DLC? Is It Worth It?

While we’ve already gone into in-depth detail on what the Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise DLC has to offer in our full article here, we’ll offer a quick recap here of the main reasons that Animal Crossing players would want to pick up access to help you decide.

As a general overview, the Happy Home Paradise DLC largely focuses on decorating the inside of vacation homes for your villagers and the outdoor plots surrounding them! You can also design some special facilities like a school and a hospital.

In other words, Animal Crossing players who greatly enjoy the experience of designing the interior of their home and the outdoor landscape of their island will enjoy the Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise DLC most.

On the other hand, if that part of Animal Crossing bores you and you’re most interested in the life simulation side of catching critters or chatting with your villagers, then the Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise DLC might not be for you.

Buy For Exclusive Design Features

Even if decorating isn’t your number one favorite activity in Animal Crossing though, you may still be interested due to the exclusive new design features only unlocked from Happy Home Paradise. They could be nice to have just for some light decorating in your own house, even if decorating dozens of other homes doesn’t interest you.

Here’s a quick recap of the exclusive design features that you can only unlocked from having access to the Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise paid DLC

Room Size Adjustment: Customize the exact dimensions of a room to fit the scene, choosing from 4 to 10 tiles wide and 4 to 10 tiles long.

Partition Walls: Make rooms within rooms using Partition Walls with full height to divide a room’s space how you wish.

Counters: Two different heights of Counters are available to add more variation to your rooms.

Pillars: Pillars can be used as more realistic supports alongside your Partition Walls.

Lighting: You can adjust the ambient lighting of a room far more finely than ever before with many color and dim options.

Soundscapes: Completely change the feel of a room by adding sound effects using a Soundscape. For example, a construction themed room can now feature the noises of a work site.

Polishing: Some furniture items can enjoy special effects when polished, like fluttering butterflies around a garden flower bed item.


If you’re on the fence or unclear about whether the Animal Crossing: New Horizons — Happy Home Paradise DLC will be a good purchase for you, we hope this article helps you make a decision. Of course, this is all based on information before we’ve had a chance to play ourselves, so stay tuned for further impressions!

Stay tuned to Animal Crossing World for everything on Animal Crossing: New Horizons, including our extensive Guides section here. Our most popular pages include 16 New VillagersHappy Home Paradise DLCSeries 5 Amiibo CardsVersion 2.0 UpdateMushroom DIY RecipesNew November CrittersRedd Art, and Sea Creatures.

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