Animal Crossing New Horizons fans definitely have a great cause to be excited. First, a massive new 2.0 update has brought many new additions to the game, such as a new café shop, cooking, and ingredients like wheat, and crops and vegetables, among many more. In addition to this free update, a paid ACNH DLC called Happy Home Paradise is also available, packed with additional content. In this How to Start ACNH Happy Home Paradise DLC guide, we will go over this DLC and explain how to access and play it.
How to Access and Play Animal Crossing New Horizons Happy Home Paradise DLC
Though it may be obvious, we still have to point it out – to be able to play the Happy Home Paradise DLC, you will have needed to purchase it first. You can do this over on the Nintendo eShop. The next step is to have your game updated to the latest version – 2.0. If you are having problems doing this, we have a great guide on how to start this update and get the new content.
If everything was done correctly, the next time the game starts up, you should get a pop up. This will give you the options to “Start Software”, “Cancel”, or to “Check”. Now, this is very important – you may think that the obvious choice here is to select “Start Software”, but what you should actually choose is “Check”. Your game should now authenticate the Happy Home Paradise DLC.
Now as for how to access the new DLC content itself – you will need to wait until midnight November 5th in your time zone. It will be time locked until that time, and there is no way to access it apart from waiting for it.
This is different from the free 2.0 update, which launched worldwide at the same time. To play the actual content once it becomes available, you will have to travel to the new islands. To accomplish this, head on to the airport and speak with Orville there. Select the “I want to go to work.” dialogue option. Choosing this will allow you to board a plane set for the archipelago, where you will be able to aid the Paradise Planning Resort Developer team.