Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct: The 7 Biggest Announcements

Well, now we know why Nintendo wanted to save Animal Crossing: New Horizonsnew content announcements for their own special 20-minute Nintendo Direct: a lot is coming to the game, both free and premium, on November 5.

Several old favorite characters will have their New Horizons debut; players get even more customization and decoration items; and they can get to work planning new vacationers’ dream homes with the Happy Home Paradise paid DLC. That also included the initial pricing announcement for the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack that the company announced in late September.

Here’s a recap of the top news coming from Friday’s Nintendo Direct livestream.

Get started at Paradise Planning

New Horizons‘ first premium DLC expansion, Happy Home Paradise, puts players to work as architects and interior decorators who build dream vacations for the island’s development company Paradise Planning. There’s so much new to do here, Nintendo devoted 10 minutes of Friday’s show to teasing it all. Players will interview their NPC customers, determine their decorating preferences and build a house to suit their whims. New interior options showcase cool floor plans with new lighting and plenty of charm.

Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack Pricing Revealed

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Hidden in the news of Animal Crossing: New horizons Happy Home Paradise, we also learned the prices for the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack that the company announced in September. That’s $49.99 per year, or $79.99 for a family plan. Subscribers get the Happy Home Paradise DLC with their membership. The expansion pack also includes several Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games.

Brewster and The Roost return, with many friends

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Not much of a surprise here – September’s Direct wasn’t too subtle in teasing that The Roost cafe would open in New Horizons‘museum. Along with the fan-favorite pigeon barista, players will see and watch the return of the shanty-crooning Kapp’n, the fortune teller Katrina! They even found a gig for hairstylist Harriet. She does the hair on Harv’s hippie commune island.

Tons of new customizations and decorations

Version 2.0 is the last major content update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but at least Nintendo doesn’t skimp on what it will contain. The new items will enhance both the interior and the exterior, including nine new fences and a raised canopy on bridges and ramps. Inside, players can put up accent walls. Storage will also be expanded to accommodate the new options.

Collecting Gyroid is back

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Brewster’s return, of course, means the return of Gyroid collection, even if The Roost hasn’t housed a Gyroid display since 2008. Animal Crossing: City Folk. Gyroids can play music and be adapted to the interior of the house. Plus, they can be planted and grown to create even more Gyroids.

Stretching, cooking and new food

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Players can lead community stretching exercises by placing and punching a boombox in front of the Resident Services building. That starts a mini-game where players can use their Joy-Cons to engage in the exercises, moving them back and forth a la Wii Fit. If you’re more into carbs, the Be a Chef! DIY Recipes+ item, for sale at Nook Miles, opens up a slew of baked goods and other tasty treats to cook and eat.

Froggy chair!

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Ah, Froggy Chair, quo vadis? It took 18 months for the indispensable piece of furniture to find its way back in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but it will be part of the November 5 free content update — which is the last major content update the 2020 game will get, Nintendo said.

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