Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.02 patch notes fixes several player issues

Animal Crossing: New Horizons
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The Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.02 update is now live and the patch notes reveal all the minor fixes that have been made in the main game and its DLC. 

Just a few weeks after the release of the Animal Crossing: New Horizons update 2.0, Nintendo has released a 2.01, and now 2.02 update to iron out any issues players have had since Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ last free major content update

The 2.02 update fixes bugs found in a number of places including hiccups with Kapp’n’s boat tours, group stretching sessions, Nook Miles+, and more. As for Animal Crossing’s paid DLC, Happy Home Paradise, a number of fixes have also been made to improve players’ experience from issues with Amiibos, Poki, and interactions which would cause the game to close. You can read the full patch notes below as well as on the Nintendo website.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.02 patch notes (fixed issues): 

  • During one of Kapp’n’s boat tours, Brewster could overlap with the player and prevent the player from moving. 
  • Kapp’n’s song could stop playing and prevent the game from proceeding.
  • Selecting the "How does this work?" option when starting a group-stretching session during a multiplayer session could prevent the game from proceeding.  
  • The poster for Orville would be available via Nook Shopping after inviting Wilbur to Photopia. 
  • The poster for Wilbur would be available via Nook Shopping after inviting Orville to Photopia. 
  • Placing certain furniture items on the pier could prevent the player from being able to speak with Kapp’n. 
  • The warp function of the pipe item would stop working after the player discussed buying furniture from a resident inside the resident’s home. 
  • The music for group stretching sometimes wouldn’t play if an audio device close to the plaza was playing music. 
  • The Nook Miles+ activity “Visit the Roost for a Coffee Break” could appear multiple times in the same day. 

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Happy Home Paradise DLC patch notes (fixed issues):  

  • The software would close when the player tried to lead Leif to the school and the placement of the furniture items in the school met certain requirements. 
  • Using Amiibo multiple times to change the members used in a facility could cause the software to close. 
  • The software could close when the player repeatedly used Amiibo at a finished vacation home to add or remove guests. 
  • The Y Button could stop removing guests when the player repeatedly used Amiibo to add a guest and then remove the guest using the Y Button. 
  • While working, a design portfolio photo could continue to display in the upper-left of the screen after speaking to a client on the north beach. 
  • Bells would be spent in addition to Poki when the player ordered a present for another resident through Wardell. 
  • The message card regarding refunding miles for the Pro Decorating License could be sent multiple times. 
  • The roommates would not appear in a follow-up scene if their shared vacation home situation was ended while in the yard of their vacation home. 

Animal Crossing: New Horizons fans got the surprise of their lives a few weeks ago when the highly anticipated 2.0 update was released a day earlier than originally planned. Since then, we’ve seen a number of new discoveries being made in the game, from finding out island villagers use Discord when playing PC games, as well as a new way to avoid wasp stings, plus many more Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.0 update secrets.  

In other island news, players can now pick up a Japanese seasonal candy known as Chitose in honour of the traditional children’s holiday Shichi-Go-San. This handheld accessory comes in a decorated bag and will cost 1,000 bells from Nook Shopping. Better act fast if you want this limited-time item though, as it will disappear from the store as soon as tomorrow, November 20, 2021. 

Are you enjoying the 2.0 update? Find out why we think Happy Home Paradise should be a new beginning for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, not the end.

Hope Bellingham
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After studying Film Studies and Creative Writing at university, I was lucky enough to land a job as an intern at Player Two PR where I helped to release a number of indie titles. I then got even luckier when I became a Trainee News Writer at GamesRadar+ before being promoted to a fully-fledged News Writer after a year and a half of training.  My expertise lies in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, cozy indies, and The Last of Us, but especially in the Kingdom Hearts series. I'm also known to write about the odd Korean drama for the Entertainment team every now and then.