Best Arcade Design Ideas (Happy Home Paradise)

With the Happy Home Paradise DLC released for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, players can now build their Dream Arcade. Arcade Cabinets are required.

The Happy Home Paradise Animal Crossing DLC has inspired a few new Arcade Design ideas. A big part of the Animal Crossing experience is creating the perfect island getaway for the player. While some may enjoy a nice cool beverage by the beach, others may be comfortable with building entire empires in their backyard. Regardless, players do share their creative Animal Crossing design ideas online as inspiration for other Animal Crossing fans. Designers looking to create their own perfect arcade on their island or the Happy Home Archipelago will need to grab a few essential items first.

Most arcades will require games. In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, players can purchase three arcade machines While these items are not a requirement, they will vastly help the look and overall feel of the player’s arcade setup. The Arcade Combat Game, Arcade Fighting Game, and Arcade Mahjong Game are all available from an upgraded Nook’s Cranny for 64,000 bells each. Each one has no variants and cannot be customized.


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At the start of the Animal Crossing Happy Home Paradise DLC, players are now able to set up partition walls within the homes they design, allowing them to create smaller sections to their rooms. This skill can be brought back to the player’s home island and will be helpful for separating sections of an arcade. If planning to build inside their home, players should have their loans from Tom Nook paid off for the biggest home upgrade.

Ways to Design an Arcade in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Players can work with friends to earn more bells in Animal Crossing New Horizons to purchase more arcade games and items, like Pinball machines and game tables. Ultimately, once everything has been unlocked and upgraded, the only design limitation in both the base game and Happy Home Paradise DLC is the player’s imagination. They can try out these designs to turn any location within their home or on the island into their perfect arcade.

The Outdoor Arcade

Animal Crossing Outside Arcade

Players can find a section of their Animal Crossing island to build something beyond the traditional indoor arcade. Players don’t have to worry about the weather ruining any of the machines or materials. They can also go above and beyond and set up a space-themed carpet on the ground. The arcade will look best during the night because of all the lights the machines produce.

The Basement Arcade

Animal Crossing Basement Arcade

The basement is another perfect location to place an arcade in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. This is due to the lack of windows, which really lets the dark in and allows players to experiment with lighting features. Players can also set up vending machines by the wall for when patrons want to take a break from playing games. Also, players can add a section where friends can sit down and relax. This location will need music, so players could add a DJ turntable or radio, or use new soundscapes to create the perfect vibe. The same design could be used for vacation homes on the Happy Home Archipelago for residents who love to game.

Beachside Arcade

Animal Crossing Beach Arcade Carnival

The best new addition to come to Animal Crossing has been the ability to place items in other locations besides the player’s home. It’s even possible for players to set up entirely new locations right on the beach. Players can turn this area into an arcade/carnival combo. The teacup and cotton candy machine items can help bring the whole design together. Also, players can customize their own signs to create vendors for the beach.

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Animal Crossing is available now on Nintendo Switch.

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