Review: Animal Crossing New Horizons-Happy House Paradise DLC for Nintendo Switch

Go back to New Vision and experience the ups and downs of the interior designer’s life through the latest DLC “Happy House Paradise”. With the promise of additional design features such as partitions, pillars and counters, and the return of familiar faces, will Happy Home Paradise be a match made in heaven for patient and budding stylists?

Since landing on Nintendo Switch last year, Animal Crossing New Horizons has been a haven for veterans and newcomers of the series. The game was launched in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic. For many people, it has always been a relaxing distraction from the real world. Its huge sales prove this, making it the best-selling Nintendo’s fiscal year. Switch games from 1Yingshi April to 31, 2020Yingshi March 2021. However, although the game received positive reviews when it launched, including our own reviews, its lack of continuous updates became more apparent over time. Soon, the beautiful and caring island quickly fell into disrepair. With players no longer trapped inside, the tedious wasting of time on the island every day is a thing of the past.

Then, the 2.0 update was announced-putting everything fans want in the game (except for Nook’s store expansion), including the blessed frog chair and our beloved Kapp’n and Brewster. Suddenly, New Horizons was fun to play again. Launched along with the major update is the first foray into the paid DLC “Happy House Paradise” for the Switch game. Happy Home Paradise is priced at approximately £22.49/US$24.99 at the Nintendo eShop, or is provided for free to Nintendo Switch Online + expansion packs. Happy Home Paradise only requires a one-time purchase to be enjoyed by all residents on Switch Island. This means that each player can access their own islands, maps, and characters through their design files, allowing them to experience the DLC story content at their own pace.

For those familiar with “Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer”, you will be happy to know that many features of the 2015 Nintendo 3DS game have been transferred to Paradise DLC. From the infinite design of one- or two-story holiday homes to the choice of which residents to hire in the island’s facilities (restaurants, cafes and schools), every corner and crevice has a familiar feeling. Although not a mature sequel to Designer, Paradise is right in the middle, aiming to please those who are eager to scratch the itch of interior designers without leaving the comfort of New Horizons. The beauty of this is that the game provides new design customization opportunities, such as adding partitions, pillars and counters, many of which can be used on your New Horizons island. However, the downside is the sense of heaven, which ironically is quite empty and soulless.

Before we delve into the reasons behind this statement, let’s set up the scenario first. Upon arrival, you will meet Lottie, the lead resort developer of Paradise Planning. Her vision is to create a beautiful resort with many happy customers. Fortunately, you are the person she has been looking for since Tom Nook’s enthusiastic recommendation.Thanks Tom, we really want more Work. After a quick meeting with architect enthusiast Niko and the rather gloomy Wardell, you will meet your first client Eloise, who is looking for a relaxing reading room. After quickly rehearsing the basics with Niko, the rest of the design is left to you.

Similar to Happy Home Designer, Paradise has an “Order” menu tab, which contains everything needed to satisfy customers. This includes household furniture and merchandise, wall-mounted items, ceiling lights and hangers, carpets, floors and wallpaper. At first, you can only access the furniture requested by the customer, but every time you accept a new design request, any items from the previous tasks will also appear in your ever-expanding catalog. As you progress throughout the storyline, you will unlock new features, such as the ability to change the background atmosphere, light intensity and color, remove windows, and change the room size from the standard 4×4 to 10×10. Halfway through, you will unlock a two-story building and be able to design areas for up to two roommates. This is a new feature in Paradise.

Speaking of new features, the combination of Paradise and New Horizons means that you can use the DIY you have learned to supplement your interior design. Walking along the waterfront, you can also get exclusive DIY from the island, such as the ability to make rattan lamps. DLC also introduced partition walls to separate rooms, counters that can be placed at the height you want, and pillars that add features to the home. The game also insists on using Pro Camera to take photos of your emerging creations and upload them to your Happy Home Paradise online profile, where you can follow like-minded designers and discover their creations.

With Paradise, you can design more than just interior areas. The appearance, including the shape and size of the house, roof type, siding and doors, can be easily changed. In addition to the ability to change seasons and weather, you can also choose trees and plants, including hybrid flowers. With the 2.0 update, fences can now be customized according to your preferences, and any of your current custom designs can also be used for paths and certain types of furniture. In terms of design customization, Paradise is an all-you-can-eat buffet at Disneyland. Five children drank too much sweet orange soda, and it was the first time they saw Aisha and Anna in “Frozen”. No, we are not exaggerating.

The good news is that over time, all these features will slowly unlock. In fact, it takes 20 customer house designs to unlock the pillars and counters. And, just like Happy Home Designer, facilities are making a comeback in the DLC. From schools to cafes and restaurants, there are many facilities that can leave a unique mark on you. In addition, you can modify these when unlocking new features or furniture, just like you would in a regular holiday house. Not to mention that you can also receive cooking recipes from the chefs you hire in the restaurant. Good appetite, sir and madam.

The problem with Happy Home Paradise is not customization-far from it. Although Paradise has all the freedom and flexibility required for design, it is completely lacking in feeling, emotion and motivation. For example, customers will have three requirements to turn their house into a home. This is usually furniture and can be placed inside or outside the house. The game only requires you to unbox these three items to mark the house as a complete design. Not only are the consequences for customers zero (they are happy no matter what you do), Lottie will even pay you the same Poki (DLC game currency) rate, no matter how much time you spend on the design. That’s not work, that’s free loading.

Of course, while you won’t get the same internal satisfaction from great work, the game won’t even try to motivate budding designers remotely. There is no Happy Home Academy ranking to evaluate your focus on color coordination or feng shui, there are only six bland design titles, based on the number of holiday homes you complete to determine how much you get paid. Perhaps the most ironic thing is that when you spend at least 20 minutes designing a house for them, animals will approach you on the island. They will reward you with the floor, wallpaper, or carpet used in the design. Since it is related to time and only specific items used, it feels almost too easy to trick the system in this way. It’s like abusing the straw market and time travel to annoy Resetti. Ah, those are those days. No matter how you look at it, the lack of a true ranking system is a missed technique, that’s for sure.

Despite the obvious downfall, Happy Home Paradise is still your first-class ticket to design paradise. Although the game has little effect on motivating players, it satisfies all the expected goals of the recent sequel of “Happy Home Designer”. Perhaps the biggest advantage of DLC is that it allows players to have their own resort islands so that they can experience the story alone. On the other hand, the character’s complete lack of personality means that fans of Animal Crossing may long for the hazy days of Xinye. The classic case of heaven is lost.


Nintendo UK provided My Nintendo News with a copy of the commentary on the “Animal Crossing New Horizons: Happy Homeland” DLC.