Last week, Nintendo gave us an Animal Crossing: New Horizons special Direct full of new content for the game’s final update. Plus, a whole new way to play Animal Crossing: New Horizons, being released as the first Paid DLC since launch. We also finally received some information on the new pricing for Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack.
The latest new updates coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons are a mix of some exciting new ideas and other which have been long overdue. I wanted to talk about some of my favorite announcements from last week. Let’s start with the new café.
A new coffee shop The Roost will be opening in the corner of the museum. I can’t wait to enjoy a coffee in this new café with my fellow islanders and any real life friends who come to visit. The Roost will be owned and operated by Brewster, who I believe was a character in previous Animal Crossing entries. Ever since I got that sweet espresso machine in my house in the game I’ve always been disappointed that my islander never drinks the coffee I make. It just sits there in the never ending cup of espresso.
Another cool update is Kapp’n and his boat tours. I’m totally down to take a boat trip with Kapp’n. This will be a new way to explore remote islands (other than the current Dodo Airlines). The real exciting part is that unlike traveling by plane, Kapp’n will take you to all kinds of islands. Islands with different types of flora, seasons and all different times of the day. I can’t wait to see what new discoveries I find. Kapp’n will also sing and serenade you on his boat rides making him the best captain around.
Gyroids are the one part of the update that I’m not so sure about. It’s not that I’m not into them, I just don’t get it yet. Gyroids are a new type of “fossil,” which is great since I’ve already dug up every kind of fossil on my island. Gyroids play unique sounds and you can place them around the same area to create some new background noises and music.
Cooking is finally coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Cooking is something I’ve wanted in the game since the very beginning. What’s the point of planting all of these fruit trees if you can’t even use them to cook up some dope dishes? We’re also going to see some new vegetables including: tomatoes, wheat, sugarcane, potatoes and carrots. I can’t wait to create beautiful dinner parties on Ferdington. One of my favorite parts of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has always been discovering new recipes by throwing random ingredients together.
Tom Nook is finally making life on your island a bit more relaxing — the plaza will now offer group stretching classes which you and your villagers can enjoy together. We’re getting more home storage, and you’ll even be able to conveniently store items to your home storage via a shed which can be placed anywhere around the island. Ordinances (familiar to those who have played previous games in the series) are back, and will allow you to create new “laws” on your island for residents — like reducing the rate of weed growth and giving your residents a specific waking hour each day. Now that Tom Nook knows we’ve all reached the credits, he is adding more end game content to make our lives a little easier.
Happy Home Paradise (Paid DLC)
In addition to the FREE features above, islanders will also be able to expand their Animal Crossing: New Horizons experience with the first Paid DLC Happy Home Paradise. This expansion is a fun new way to enjoy the game. You’ll be able to get a job with the Paradise Planning team and design vacation homes and destinations for other characters.
As part of the Paradise Planning team you’ll have different clients which you can talk to and decide how to create their perfect dream vacation home. This will also bring new design features to the game including changing home structures and room sizes and adding partitions and pillars to divide spaces. Short and taller counters, ambient lighting and soundscapes will also add to the design of these homes. Plus, you’ll even be able to decorate the outdoors of these glorious vacation homes.
It won’t all be designing homes for residents. This vacation destination will feature some empty buildings which you could turn into anything you think these residents would like in their small vacation town. Whatever you learn while planning and designing these vacation homes you can bring back home to your island and continue using these techniques back at home.
Happy Home Paradise will cost 29.99 as paid DLC. However, if you upgrade your Nintendo Switch Online subscription to include the new + Expansion Pack, you’ll be able to enjoy this expansion for no extra charge.
You can watch the entire Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct below:
Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack
Nintendo Switch Online is currently priced at $19.99 for 12 months (single user) or $34.99 for 12 months for a family membership which works for up to 8 Nintendo Account holders. A few weeks ago we learned about the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack which will include both Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games.
What we didn’t know until last week is that the Expansion Pack would include the Happy Home Paradise DLC at no added cost. The Expansion Pack increases the Nintendo Switch Online price by $30 a year to $49.99 for 12 months (which is closer to the average price for PSN and/or Xbox’s online services). The family membership is rising to $79.99 per year, or about $10 per user if you can find eight total Nintendo Account holders.
I’m currently part of a Nintendo Switch Online Family Membership where we each gave my buddy $5 a year. If he chooses to upgrade I wouldn’t mind paying an extra $5 or even up to $20 a year (if people drop out of our “family”). If however he does not choose to upgrade, I may move to a solo plan for Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack, because I know that I want that Happy Home Paradise new DLC, and it doesn’t make sense to pay for that but not pay the extra $5 for the Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games.