Animal Crossing New Horizons is getting two new expansions

In a new Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct video today, Nintendo announced a series of new additions. The first set of new additions will be through a free update on November 5, 2021. These free features include characters from the Animal Crossing series, such as Brewster, who will open a cafĂ© on the second floor of the museum, and Kapp’n, who will take you to different islands with his boat; newly opened shops in the plaza on Harv’s Island, including Katrina’s fortune-telling shop; the introduction of cooking and growing vegetables; and a host of other customizations and features.

In addition to the free update on November 5th, Nintendo also revealed details and footage for paid download content, Happy Home Paradise. In this paid DLC, you’ll have the chance to join Lottie and the Paradise Planning team. In your new role, you’ll travel to a chain of charming islands where you can design vacation homes, decorate island facilities – like a school and a restaurant – and discover new ways to create and personalize as you gain experience designing dream vacation homes for your clients. 

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise launches on November 5, 2021, and can be purchased for a one-time fee of $32.99 CAD. 

Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack

Happy Home Paradise is also supported as a complimentary feature of Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack, the new membership plan of Nintendo Switch Online that includes the base Nintendo Switch Online membership, plus additional benefits like access to Nintendo 64 games and SEGA Genesis games. 

Members can download Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise for free and play while they maintain an active membership. An Individual Membership will cost $63.99 CAD for 12 months, while a Family Membership will cost $99.99 CAD for 12 months.

New Animal Crossing Series 5 amiibo cards

That’s not all! To help further extend your island getaway, on November 5th, new Animal Crossing Series 5 amiibo cards will launch in select stores, bringing an additional variety of characters to the amiibo cards lineup. Each individual amiibo card pack will be available for purchase separately at a suggested retail price of $6.99 and will include six cards in each pack. You’ll be able to use these vibrantly designed amiibo cards in compatible games, including Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Series 5 will encompass a selection of 48 characters total, including new characters and characters never before seen in amiibo card form.

The NookLink service in the Nintendo Switch Online app will be receiving an update on November 5th as well, which will add more in-game items you can redeem with Nook Points and an island newspaper so you can read about the happenings on your island each day. You’ll also be able to check out tips for island living from Island Life 101 and view the Happy Home Network, all from the convenience of your smart device.

Although these features arriving on November 5th will be the last major free content update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons.