Animal Crossing New Horizons has made its way onto people’s Nintendo Switch consoles. Largely speaking, people seem to be having a good time with it. It’s a light-hearted, fun little game that lets you meet charming characters and build your island however you want it.
Fleshed Out Multiplayer
Another entertaining aspect of Animal Crossing New Horizons is the game’s multiplayer element. There are three ways this multiplayer works. There’s the usual Local or Online Multiplayer. For Local Multiplayer, you and your friends will have to get together, each of you with your own Nintendo Switch systems. Then, head to Dodo Airlines, which should be unlocked if you’ve played past day 2.
Inside the Dodo Airlines building, you’ll have the option to invite up to 8 players to your island. Local Multiplayer doesn’t require an internet connection. All you and your buddies have to do is not stray out of range from one another.
Online Multiplayer works much the same way. You can either jump to someone’s island out of all your friends, just your best friends or go to a specific island via an invitation code. These two modes are working out just fine.
Disappoint Couch Co-Op Animal Crossing
It’s the third option, however, that fans have some issues with. That’s the couch co-op multiplayer. In this method, there’s only one Nintendo Switch system involved. However, you may have multiple accounts linked to the same Nintendo Switch system. Each account’s players can populate the island and enjoy the game together.
There is a catch, though. The first person who sets up their house on the island gets marked as the “Resident Representative”. This player has free rein to do whatever they’d like and play the game as Nintendo intended it to be played. When it comes to the other residents, however, it’s a different story in couch co-op.
See, these other players can still hang out on the island. However, any customization they are capable of doing is restricted to their own homes. The larger decisions about how the island will take shape aren’t in their hands. They may be able to help out in accomplishing some large-scale goals, but that’s about it.
Upset Fans Animal Crossing
Since Animal Crossing New Horizons is a community-driven game, this has led to some frustration among fans. Those who were hoping to build an island alongside their roommates/family members don’t have as many options as they would’ve liked.
It’s obvious why Nintendo designed the game to be this way – they want people to buy more Switches and more copies of the game. It has, however, led to some disappointment among fans, so we’ll see if they change anything.
Animal Crossing New Horizons is out now for the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite.