This edition of the Geek News Brief includes stories about Animal Crossing: New Horizons' final major free update, the Happy Home Paradise paid DLC, and Nintendo Switch Online's Expansion Pack pricing.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Version 2.0 update detailed

Nintendo has confirmed the final major free content update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons by detailing Version 2.0, which will be released on November 5th.

Fans of the game were blown away by the shockingly large amount of new content announced.

Brewster will open his coffee shop in the museum after you fulfill a favor for Blathers. In the Roost, you can enjoy a coffee by yourself, with online friends, or by inviting other characters to join you using amiibo cards.

Kapp’n will invite you on his boat for a journey to various new and mysterious islands. Each could have a different season, time of day, or weather than your own island, and many will have mysterious flora and other surprises.

Gyroids can be dug up from the ground and customized. Each one plays unique sounds.

Harv’s island will be getting a marketplace where island visitors like Redd, Saharah, and Kicks will have full shops. Reese & Cyrus will offer furniture customization that can’t be done through DIY workbenches, Katrina will look at your daily fortune, and Harriet can teach you additional hairstyles.

Cooking will be added to DIY recipes. After growing vegetables in your garden, you can harvest and combine with other ingredients to fill your dining table.

Other improvements and new features include group stretching in the plaza, more home storage, changing the active times for island residents, and furniture to access your home storage and ABD.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons DLC Happy Home Paradise announced

Animal Crossing: New Horizons will receive its first paid DLC on November 5th with the release of Happy Home Paradise.

Players will be able to fly to a new archipelago that is home to Paradise Planning, where they can help build and design dream vacation homes for villagers.

Villagers will have various preferences, like one that loves mushrooms, another who loves arcades, and another who loves teddy bears. Once you accept a request, you’ll be able to pick an island that suits their style, as well as the weather, time of day, and season to fit the mood.

There will be designated furniture and items that need to be used, with an ever-expanding catalog of items that will also be available to complete the interior and exterior. The homes can be moved around, and trees, fencing, and paths can be added to the yard.

Completing requests allows you to unlock more techniques like different colored lighting, the ability to modify a home’s width and length, the use of partition walls and pillars, soundscapes, and furniture polishing.

You’ll also be compensated for your work with a new currency. This can be traded in for rare items that can be brought home for use on your island. You can also use all these newly acquired techniques on your own home except for resizing the house or rooms. The ability to remodel your neighbors’ houses can also be unlocked.

The Happy Home Paradise DLC will be available for $25, but is also included for free for those subscribed to Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack.

Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack pricing

Nintendo has revealed the pricing structure for their upcoming Switch Online Expansion Pack service, which launches on October 25th. The service, which adds classic N64 and Sega Genesis games to the existing Switch Online offerings, will cost $50 per year or $80 for a family plan. This expansion will also include access to the Happy Home Paradise DLC for Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

If you already have a Switch Online subscription, you’ll be able to upgrade at a pro-rated cost depending on how much time was left on your original plan.

You can also now pre-order the N64 and Sega Genesis controllers that are compatible with the Switch. Each controller will cost $50.

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Rob Logan

Rob is a movie buff, computer whiz, gamer, huge Batman fan, and above all... a geek. In addition to being the Founder and Host of The Geek Generation, he is also a photographer, graphic designer, certified clinical hypnotherapist, a former professional wrestler, and a current superhero.

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