This is a guide on how to play local multiplayer with Party Play in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) for the Nintendo Switch. Access your NookPhone and select the Call Resident app then follow the step on-screen and you'll be playing Co-Op in no time!
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For the first time in any Animal Crossing game, you can now play local multiplayer in New Horizons!
Use Party Play to boot up the game with upto 4 players on the same island without internet!
Party Play is only available to islands with multiple residents (or multiple users on one Nintendo Switch).
However, you don't need other residents on your island to player multiplayer. Learn how to play online multiplayer with our guide below!
|1||Select Call Resident on your NookPhone|
|2||Choose resident/s to call|
|3||Follow the directions on-screen: press the L & R buttons|
On you NookPhone, select Call Resident app: its icon will have a yellow flag and a blue background. Take note that this app is only be available to islands with multiple players!
Select the resident(s) you want to play with. You can select upto 4 players to play with!
Follow the directions that show up on-screen! Have each player press the L & R buttons simultaneously when pompted.
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 will automatically become the leader, while the other players will be the followers.
The camera will always follow the leader. If you are too far from each other or you get lost, the game will warp you back to the leader.
You can switch things up and change the leader, so everyone has the chance to their own activities!
A yellow flag can be displayed over the leader's head. This can help keep track of who is on the move!
Only the leader will be able to talk to other villagers or buy from vendors and shops.
Make sure to switch leaders often, so everyone gets a chance do their chores!
|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.|
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.
Alternatively, you can also shake the controller to quickly “Change Leader”.
On the controller of the player who wants to be leader, press A or the leftmost button to swap with them.
There is now a new leader, who is now in control of the Party Play session.
With shared tools and items, gathering materials is more efficient with other players.
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, 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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