Party Play - How to Play Local Multiplayer on One Switch | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

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This is guide on how to play local multiplayer with 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 find a list of things to play together with friend.

Multiplayer on One Switch

Play Local Multiplayer with Party Play

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Local multiplayer is possible for the first time in the Animal Crossing series. Having more than 2 players in one Switch is now possible! 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.

Playing Online Multiplayer Instead?

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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.

How to Play Online

How to Start Local Play (Call a Resident)

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.

1. Open Your NookPhone

From the game screen, you can open your NookPhone, a handy device with many useful functions.

2. Select "Call Resident"

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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.

3. Choose the Resident/s to Call

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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)

4. Press the L & R Buttons Simultaneously

Press the L & R Buttons Simultaneously
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

5. Call Complete!

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The other player can now move independently. Invite up to 3 people to enjoy Party Play!

Repeat the steps above to invite another player.

Leader-Follower Features

Leader and Followers

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The one initiating the Party Play and calling other residents automatically becomes the leader. The other players are called followers.

Leader flag is displayed overhead

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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.

Game view is centered on the leader

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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.

Swap Leaders

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You can switch things up and change the leader, so everyone has the chance to do activities.

Only the leader can shop

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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.

How to Switch Leaders

Summary of Steps

1 Press the [-] or [+] button to open the Party Play menu and select Change Leader.
Shake the controller.
2 Press A or the leftmost button on the other player's controller to swap leader.
3 Swap complete!

Open the Party Play Menu

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Player 1 should open the Party Play menu by pressing - or + on their controller.

Select the first option, “Change Leader”, and press A or the leftmost button to confirm.

Shake Controller

Alternatively, you can also shake the controller to quickly “Change Leader”.

Press A on the Next Leader's Controller to Swap

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On the controller of the player who wants to be leader, press A or the leftmost button to swap with them.

Swap Complete!

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There is now a new leader, who is now in control of the Party Play session.

List of Things You Can Do in Local Multiplayer

Gather Materials Together

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With shared tools and items, gathering materials is more efficient with other players.

Fish, Catch, and Swim Together

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Catch fish, bug, and sea creature together with your crew while in Party Play! Take note that players must always stay close to the Leader!

This means if a Follower is doing something and the Leader moves away, the Follower will cancel out of their action.

Items collected by followers go to the Recycling Box

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Items, like Fish and Bugs, collected by the followers automatically go to the Recycling Box found in Resident Services, after Party Play is over.

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24 Anonymousabout 1 year

>>22 now you just need to get friends HAHHA BAZINGA

23 Anonymousabout 1 year

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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