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Save Data and Multiplayer Support FAQ (Animal Crossing: New Horizons)

You can find answers to some general questions regarding Animal Crossing: New Horizons save data and multiplayer support below.

How many players can share a single island?

Up to eight players can live on one shared island using the same Nintendo Switch console and one copy of the software.

How many users can play together?

Up to eight players can live on the same island within each game. With one Nintendo Switch console and one copy of the software, up to four people can play on the same island simultaneously (additional accessories required).

Additionally, up to eight people can play together on one island via local wireless or online play. Local wireless play and online play require one console and one copy of the software per player. For online play, a Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and a Nintendo Account are required.

When multiple players live on one island, does everyone have access to the same places and items?

There are some tasks on the island that the Resident Representative (the first resident on the island) must complete before the related features will be open to other players. For example, only the Resident Representative can receive and set up Blathers's museum tent. Once the tent is in place, all island residents can donate items to the museum.

Is there a way to create multiple islands?

You can only create one island per Nintendo Switch console, even if you use multiple copies of the software. A different console is required to create a different island.

The island save data is saved on the Nintendo Switch console, so there will only be one island (save file), even if different copies of the software are used on the same console.

If I purchase a second console, can I transfer the save file (island data) to a different console?

Animal Crossing: New Horizons does not support the ability to transfer your save file from one Nintendo Switch console to another. However, a function specific to Animal Crossing: New Horizons to move users and save data to another console is planned in the future.

Is this game compatible with Save Data Cloud?

This game does not support the Save Data Cloud functionality of Nintendo Switch Online. However, the ability to recover Animal Crossing: New Horizons save data from the server in the event of console failure, loss or theft will be available to Nintendo Switch Online members in the future.