It has now been a full year since the Happy Home Paradise DLC dropped for Game of the Pandemic 2020/21, Animal Crossing: New Horizons. If you think back to the full 365 days, you might remember that the DLC came right after a major 2.0 update to the base game, and while most of us thought we’d squeezed the last straw out of the game after months and months of daily play, the additional content that came with the 3DS Half Sequel Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer gave island life a bit more spice at the end of 2021.
While it didn’t add all the quality of life updates that fans had been asking for, the update and DLC package – which was accessible “free” to anyone who’s also subscribed to Nintendo Switch Online at the tier of the expansion pack – served as a fitting bookend for a game that has kept millions of us company through difficult times.
despite weeds and cockroaches encroaching on some of our islands, there are NL team members who still make it to Nook and co. on the regular
However, with so many other games to play on Switch and elsewhere, it’s been a while since many of us have visited our islands. Despite logging “295 hours or more” in the base game, this writer barely touched the DLC and didn’t launch it at all this year – the latest cloud save on the main menu reads “December 23 2021”. There are so many other things to play! The suggestion to archive the game to free up memory space has been repeatedly declined, but the game hasn’t been played for almost a year now.
A quick survey around Nintendo Life Towers, however, reveals that some of us are returning again as recently as “yesterday“, “Sunday“, and “maybe a month ago?“. So despite the weeds and cockroaches encroaching on some of our islands, there are team members who still visit Nook and co. regularly.
To get a better idea of how the (is) land stacks up with a wider cross-section of Switch gamers, we thought we’d ask you the question in the poll below. This is not some sort of quality judgment on the game (‘omg I can’t believe there is nothing more to do in this game in which I put 573 hours!‘), we’re rather interested to see how long the queue lasts on this game with the hardcore Nintendo crowd – that is, you!
Feel free to explain below why you’re still playing or why you haven’t been back in a while.
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