This guide shows how to play local multiplayer with friends using Party Play in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) for the Nintendo Switch. Read on to learn how to call residents to your island, how to change session leaders, and see the list of the things you can do together while playing on one Switch.
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Local multiplayer is possible for the first time in the Animal Crossing series. This feature is known as Party Play! You can play with up to 3 more people, for a maximum of 4 players in the game.
This feature is only available to islands with multiple residents (multiple users on the same Nintendo Switch). To learn how to host and visit players from other islands, check out our article on online multiplayer.
|1||Use your NookPhone to Call Resident.|
|2||Press the L & R buttons on the controller(s) to be used.|
|3||Call complete! You can now play with your friends.|
From the game screen, you can open your NookPhone, a handy device with many useful functions.
Select Call Resident; its icon has a yellow flag and a blue background. Note that this app is only available to players who share an island.
Select the resident(s) you want to play with. You will automatically be the leader of the co-op play.
Learn about Leader and Followers in this section.
Leader-Follower Features (Skip Ahead)
Upon calling the resident, press the L & R buttons simultaneously on the controllers to be used.
You can check our guide for our recommended useful peripherals to see what you'll need to have non-stop fun with your friends on the island!
System Requirements and Useful Peripherals
The other player can now move independently. Invite up to 3 people to enjoy Party Play!
Repeat the steps above to invite another player.
The one initiating the Party Play and calling other residents automatically becomes the leader. The other players are called followers.
A yellow flag can be displayed over the leader's head. This is a handy feature that can help you keep track of who is on the move.
Even with more players, the camera will always follow the leader. If you are too far from each other or you get lost, you can always warp back to the leader using the Rescue Service.
You can switch things up and change the leader, so everyone has the chance to do activities.
Shopping is one of the activities exclusive to the Party Play leader. You can switch leaders so everyone gets the chance to do a little shopping.
|1||Press the [-] or [+] button to open the Party Play menu.|
|2||Select Change Leader.|
|3||Press A on the other player's controller to swap leader.|
Player 1 should open the Party Play menu by pressing - or + on their controller.
Select the first option, "Change Leader", and press A to confirm.
On the controller of the player who wants to be leader, press A to swap with them.
There is now a new leader, who is now in control of the Party Play session.
In Party Play, the players involved share inventory owned by the leader. The players share items and tools.
With shared tools and items, gathering materials is more efficient with other players.
Items, like Fish and Bugs, collected by the followers automatically go to the Recycling Box found in Resident Services, after Party Play is over.
If you get lost on the large island, you can call the Rescue Service on your NookPhone to warp to the leader.
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>>22 now you just need to get friends HAHHA BAZINGA
hello i heard bad things about the local coop and im planning to get this for my girlfriend to play with me, is it really not good in local?
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Thank you Danika. I remember one of my villagers gave me a fake warrior and then a real painting. After that, they are giving me only clothes lol
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