Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Guides

Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to your burning Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer questions on this handy frequently asked questions page!

Can you build or decorate your own home?

No, unfortunately you cannot build or decorate your own house in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. The game is focused on fulfilling the requests of your villagers and special characters. As a workaround, you can “take over” another characters’ home and pretend it is yours.

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Can you have more than one save file or character?

No, unfortunately there is only one save file slot, and one character slot in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. You will have to buy another copy of the game to create a second character or save.

Can you edit or change public facilities, buildings, and homes later?

Yes, you can edit homes later in the game by using the Client List on the touchscreen to travel to a character and tell them to rebuild the home or do a deluxe remodel. You can also edit public facility buildings later in the game by speaking to Digby.

Can I change my face, hair, or skin tone later in the game?

Yes, you can completely customize your character’s appearance after unlocking the “Styling Machine” course in the Happy Home Handbook.

Do I need a new Nintendo 3DS to use Amiibo Cards?

Players without a new Nintendo 3DS system can still scan Amiibo Cards by purchasing the Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer and connecting it to an original Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 2DS, then you can scan in Amiibo Cards without a new Nintendo 3DS.

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Are Amiibo Cards required to enjoy the game?

Players can design homes for every villager without the need for any Amiibo Cards by finding villagers randomly with their requests in the Main Street Plaza. However, special characters like Isabelle or Tom Nook can only be accessed through Amiibo Cards. Inviting characters over to a home is only available through Amiibo Card as well.

Are Amiibo Cards region locked?

No, Animal Crossing amiibo Cards do not have any region locking. You can use Japanese cards on a North America or Europe system, and vice versa.

When does Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer release?

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer released on September 25th in North America, and will release on October 2nd in Europe. It has already been released in Japan on July 30th.

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Miyu Yamada

Would two people playing two separate games of Happy Home Designer be able to share cards?


From what I’ve understood, the other person would be able to see how you’ve designed the house of the animal on the card. So yeah, I’d suppose sharing/trading would work just fine and is encouraged even.


Do the amiibo figures do anything in this game?

Emily Kopp

When Series 2 of the cards are released, will Series 1 cards continue being sold?