Animal Crossing: New Horizons is being released on March, 20, 2020. One of the features that players are bound to be excited about is the multiplayer. There is just something about teaming up with your your friends and running around a village in Animal Crossing and it looks like New Horizons is going to give players some great options.
There are two different ways to play with other people. Take a look below to see how they work.
Each Nintendo Switch can have a single Animal Crossing: New Horizons deserted island. Each account can have a different island resident with their own home. Up to four of those players can play on the island simultaneously (with separate joy-cons and controllers) using the local multiplayer option.
This is accomplished by one of the players starting Animal Crossing, accessing their NookPhone and “calling” the other players who live on the island. The player who does the calling is the Leader and everyone else is a follower. The leader controls the camera, and can access menus while the followers have to stay on the same screen as the leader. This seems limiting, but it is very easy to change who the leader is using the NookPhone menus.
Up to Eight Switches
Up to eight people can play Animal Crossing: New Horizons using separate Switches. This can be done locally using the Local Play options or Online.
Players access this option by visiting their deserted island’s airport and talking to the Dodo bird. He will give you multiple options for opening up your island to visitors. One of those is a Dodo Code which is essentially a password that anyone can enter in order to join your game. Alternatively you can invite players who you are connected with on Nintendo Switch.
It is worth mentioning that you can designate other players as either Friends or Best Friends. This system existed in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Making someone a Friend prevents them from using the shovel or the axe tools on your island. If they are Best Friends, then they CAN use those tools. Be sure to explain this difference to your kids to avoid trolling or innocent accidents.
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