How to start Happy Home Paradise in Animal Crossing

Want to know how to update Animal Crossing: New Horizons with the Happy Home Paradise DLC? We'll walk you through it all.

Happy Home Paradise is the first paid DLC expansion to Animal Crossing: New Horizons. If you’re a subscriber to the new Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pass, you’ll get access to it for free. That said, it isn’t clear how to start Happy Home Paradise in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Below, we’ll walk you through how to kick off the DLC whether you’ve purchased it directly or gained it through membership subscription.

How to start Happy Home Paradise in Animal Crossing

To start Happy Home Paradise in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you first need to download it. If you’ve directly purchased the DLC from the Nintendo Switch eShop, this should happen automatically. However, if you registered for the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pass, you’ll need to manually download it.

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Open the eShop from the Nintendo Switch’s main menu (it’s the icon shown as a shopping bag). Use the search function to search for Happy Home Paradise or Animal Crossing. Select the DLC page, then press the Download button. Return to your Switch home menu and you should see the DLC download bar appear over Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Once the bar is complete, you’ll need to restart the game if it’s still running to install the update.

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Now that you’ve downloaded it, you can start Happy Home Paradise in Animal Crossing: New Horizons just by starting the game as usual. As you leave your house, you’ll receive a phone call from Tom Nook asking you to meet him at the airport. Once you arrive, he’ll introduce you to Lottie and kick off the Happy Home Paradise DLC in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Once you’ve learned to start Happy Home Paradise in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you can return to the airport at any time to continue playing. If you’re looking to explore more of the free new features added in the 2.0 update, we can walk you through how to find Brewster, how to get crops, and how to cook up some tasty meals. Head over to our hub page for the game to find more useful tips and tricks.

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