For the quality-of-life additions, new items and returning villagers are great but dedicated New Horizons players are particularly excited about some quieter changes that make island life a little more bearable. Nintendo has yet to add the ability to build things in batches, but the developer has listened. In particular, six new, small innovations stand out that are extremely useful in everyday island life, including DIY recipe storage and helpful announcements from Isabelle.
More Design Post Slots
Previously, New Horizons designers were limited in the number of custom designs they could post online for sharing via the Custom Design Portal. For the New Horizons 2.0 update, Nintendo added more slots: Players can now add up to 200 custom designs.
The custom design portal is accessible through the Custom Design app on the NookPhone. Once opened, press A to access the portal, where designs can be shared online. A message will pop up regarding new locations – and that’s all there is to it.
If you’re not a New Horizons designer, this might not mean much to you, but it’s still beneficial. Your favorite designers won’t have to limit themselves or swap designs until they hit the 200 limits right now.
DIY Storage – quality-of-life additions
Instead of throwing your leftover homemade recipes in the trash or placing them all over your island, you can now store them in your home – just like the real thing in storage sections. It’s easy to do: Just click on an item in your bag and hit the “Put to memory” button to add single homemade recipes just like any other item. But you can also add a bunch of DIY live items scattered around your home.
Permanent Ladders – quality-of-life additions
Players who are fed up with carrying ladders around on their islands can now set up permanent ladders using the Ladder Setup Kit Recipe found at Nook’s Cranny. After crafting the wooden ladder installation kit, it’s easy: Just place the kit near a cliff and a ladder will stay there forever. It’s a great alternative to the slant – they take up a lot of space and you can only have a limited number of them.
More Inclines And Bridges
Gone are the days when players were limited to 8 bridges and inclines. You can now add a total of 10 of these ladders to your island – there are also plenty of fixed ladders you have.
Isabelle’s Helpful Announcement
While we’d love to hear about Isabelle’s daily thoughts, we’re happy to see that she has some extra useful information to share each day. As of the Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.0 update, Isabelle now notifies when a rotating merchant is visiting. It is especially useful for those who tend to roam, like Saharah. You won’t have to look for her everywhere!
Donation Box – quality-of-life additions
The Contribution Box is a new item that you can purchase as a DIY recipe, available from the Redeem Nook Miles tab at the Resident Service Nook Stop. This recipe costs 800 Nook Miles, and the canning requires both wood and softwood. Once it’s built, you can place the donation box on your island.
Anyone visiting your island – for example, to sell turnips or catalog items – can leave Bells before 1,000. So you are the only one who can withdraw.
Ordinances – quality-of-life additions
Ordinances are different rules that make it easier to administer an island. There are four options: Ordinance on Beautiful Island, Ordinance on Early Bird, Ordinance on Night Owls, and Ordinance on Bells. Each of these costs 20,000 bells, but can make your dwellers wake up earlier or later, increase the purchase and sale prices of items, and ask villagers for help to weed.
In quality-of-life additions, with the addition of Reese and Cyrus at Harv Island, customization will be a lot easier. The best news is that these two can customize any item purchased with NookMiles; this is useful as there is usually only one color option available at that store. To get other colors, players must trade with others. Once an item is customized by Reese and Cyrus, the color variation is cataloged so it can also be purchased later.