Play multiplayer with friends via online or local play in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) for the Nintendo Switch.
Find out the prices for the different plans of Nintendo Switch Online, the difference with local and online multiplayer as well as the other multiplayer features in ACNH below!
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Note: A Nintendo Switch Online account is not needed for local multiplayer.
In order to play online multiplayer using Nintendo's Online services, you'll need to pay a monthly fee.
If you want to play online with friends, you'll need a subscription plan on the Nintendo Switch Online montly subscription service.
When playing Animal Crossing in the same area with a friend who also has the game, you can connect via Local Play for free.
The features you can enjoy on Local Play are more or less the same as the ones you can do online.
|1||Go to the Airport.|
|2||Select whether to depart or invite someone.|
|3||Select local or online play.|
In order to play online mutiplayer, you should first head to the island's Airport. This building sits on a wooden deck that floats on water, and has a small airplane out in front of it.
Choose if you want to fly to another island, or if you want visitors.
If you're not using the internet to play with friends, select Local Play. This requires you to be physcially close to each other, like playing in the same room!
If you're far apart, you'll need to select Online Play. For online play, all players will already need to have purchased their Nintendo Switch Online membership.
If you want visitors, you can keep your gates open for friends whenever you play.
This doesn't require you to keep going to the Airport every time you have a visitor, just simply tell Orville to invite all your friends and they can come and go as they like!
If you want to play with players who are not on your friend list, you'll have to use Dodo Codes to either visit or invite them over.
Every time you visit someone this way, you'll have to enter the code, so it takes a bit longer than when you're playing with friends.
You can find out more about Dodo Codes further down! (Click to jump)
Now you're ready to get started! Enjoy seeing new things from an island you've never seen before, or show off your favorite island spots to visiting friends.
If you're looking for activities to do and games to play with friends, check out our guide below!
What Can You Do Online?
If you want to visit or open your island to players not on your friend list, you'll have to use Dodo Codes.
Dodo Codes are created by Orville when you ask him to invite or depart by Dodo Codes in the menu.
They're always a random sequence of up to 5 numbers and letters, keep in mind that they change every time you end a session and start a new one.
Even if you're not friends with someone, you can visit them or have them come over by using Dodo Codes.
This is extremely useful for things like trading items, sharing turnip prices, playing Events, or even if you just wanna show off your island on guided tours online!
You can find players to trade with on our Trading Boards, so make full use of the Dodo Codes to get your hands on new items!
Through online multiplayer, up to eight people can play simultaneously on one island.
If players connect over Local Connection, up to eight people can join without having to pay.
Although when using the internet to connect with other players, all players will need to own a subscription to the Nintendo Switch Online service.
Visitors can't use tools like axes and shovels when they're on another island. To be able to use this, they'll need to become best friends with the host.
To learn about the Best Friends system and how to add Best Friends, check out our guide!
How to Add Best Friends
If a lot of players are experiencing this problem at the same time, it's most likely to be an issue with the server.
If this seems to be the case, be sure to check out the information posted on the Game8 Twitter Page.
If the online services of Animal Crossing: New Horizons are undergoing maintenance, you'll get error messages and won't be able to connect.
For more information, see our guide below.
To fix bugs, glitches or other issues, sometimes an update will be mandatory for you to connect to the online services to visit other players.
From Home > System Settings > Airplane Mode, check and make sure that your Switch is not set to airplane mode.
If Airplane Mode is turned on, you won't be able to connect to the Wi-Fi and you'll receive an error instead.
From Home > System Settings > Internet > Test Connection, and make sure that your internet connection is stable.
If the Connection Test fails, try restarting your Wi-Fi router then run another Connection Test.
In order to play online multiplayer with your friends, buying a Nintendo Switch Online account is essential.
Keep in mind that a Nintendo Switch Online Account hooks up to your Nintendo Account.
So you'll need to purchase one account for every user, rather than one account per system.
Nintendo's online service is relatively cheap. Pick a plan with the amount of time you'd like to have it for then choose the plan that suits your needs.
|1 Month||3 Months||12 Months|
An individual membership can only be used by one user of a Switch. If you plan to use only one account on a single Switch, this is the best option for you.
|With 8 users
Monthly Price Per Person
Up to 8 accounts can enjoy online multiplayer through the same device if you purchase a family plan.
If you plan to have multiple online accounts on the same Switch, the Family Membership is a great option, since the price everyone pays will be incredibly low.
|2||Nintendo Pre-Paid Card|
|4||Nintendo Switch Online membership code|
There are 5 methods of payment for registering with Nintendo Switch Online (see above).
Even if you don't have a credit card, PayPal, or Pre-Pad cards, Switch Online Membership Codes can be purchased from a variety of stores so anyone can easily purchase them.
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