Best Way To Begin Playing the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Paradise DLC

This week marks the release of the Happy Home Paradise DLC for Animal Crossing: New Horizons in all regions. If you are having difficulty accessing this new content, please refer to our guide for detailed instructions on how to get started.

In case you’re ready to get started with the Happy Home Paradise DLC expansion for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but are having trouble, here’s everything you need to know about what you’ll need to do in order to start playing…

Access to the Happy Home Paradise DLC can be obtained by purchasing it

The content in Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ Happy Home Paradise is an optional paid expansion that is not included for free with the Version 2.0 Update — which means you’ll have to pay for it somehow in order to play it!

In fact, there are two different ways for Animal Crossing players to obtain the Happy Home Paradise paid DLC, and we’ll go over both of them in greater detail below.

Purchase from the Nintendo eShop in order to gain access permanently:To obtain the Animal Crossing: New Horizons — Happy Home Paradise DLC, the player must first purchase a copy of the game from the Nintendo eShop for $24.99 USD / $32.99 Canadian dollars / £22.49 British pounds. If you do not want to be tied to a subscription, you can get permanent access to the entire expansion by purchasing Animal Crossing 2.0 Items. You can also donate to the site by purchasing a Digital Code from Amazon (available only in the United States).

Obtain Temporary Access to Switch Online + N64 by Subscribing to the Service:Membership in the newly launched Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership gives you temporary access to the paid DLC expansion for the duration of your subscription period on the Nintendo Switch! If you have access to Happy Home Paradise paid DLC through your Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership, you will still need to go into the Nintendo eShop and download it; however, you will not be charged any additional fees.

For the House Icon, look up the version number of the title screen

After installing and activating the Animal Crossing: New Horizons — Happy Home Paradise DLC on your Nintendo Switch, a new house icon will appear in the top right corner of the game’s title screen next to the Version 2.0.0 or later marker, indicating that the DLC has been successfully installed and activated.


To Begin, you must first meet the requirements of the game

To begin playing the Happy Home Paradise DLC content, the following three requirements must be met, according to Nintendo’s official patch notes for Version 2.0:

  • It is necessary to construct a building for Resident Services
  • You must have a place of your own
  • You must have completed the do-it-yourself workshop

 The Happy Home Paradise introduction sequence described at the outset of this article should begin the day after you have completed the above requirements on your island, as described at the beginning of this article.

However, it is not clear whether or not attending and completing K. K. Slider’s concert is also required.

As for the DIY Workshop, this is most likely a reference to one of Tom Nook’s most basic tutorials, which teaches you how to craft ACNH items near the beginning of the game, and shouldn’t be a problem for the majority of people.

Restart the game if necessary.

Restart your Animal Crossing: New Horizons game if you have only recently downloaded or gained access to the Happy Home Paradise DLC and haven’t already done so.

Examine your internet connection if you are switching online memberships.

Your subscription status must be confirmed through the internet at least once every seven days in order to continue playing the Happy Home Paradise DLC in order to accommodate the temporary nature of access provided by Nintendo Switch Online membership. This is in order to facilitate the temporary nature of access provided by Nintendo Switch Online membership.

What Nintendo had to say about it on a Japanese support page that was machine translated into English is as follows.

In order to use the software, you will need to connect to the Internet on a regular basis, such as when it is first launched (you can use it for up to 7 days even if you are not in an Internet-connected environment after it has been launched).

Check to see if the player or user has a membership. If You’re Making Use of a Switch Online

Also worth mentioning is that the Happy Home Paradise DLC can only be accessed through the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack if the individual player / user account has an active membership.

Therefore, if one user on a Nintendo Switch console has access to the content through the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack, but a second player does not have an active subscription, the DLC will be unavailable to that second player’s Nintendo Switch console account.

Players who have purchased a permanent copy of the Animal Crossing: New Horizons — Happy Home Paradise DLC will be able to access the paid content regardless of whether they are playing on a Nintendo Switch or a PlayStation 4.