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Topic: Animal Crossing - how does it work with multiple switches / user accounts?

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MrJed

On the fence on this still, as I don't know how it works for multi user / multi switch owners...

I have one switch with my account and my children's accounts on it - all have online accounts via the family pack.

I have a second switch with just my account.

My questions are, for anyone that may know the answer to this...?

Can I download the game from the eshop to both consoles as per all other switch titles?

I have an account on both switches - will it see the same or different islands?

If I use AC on one switch, will I be able to use it on the other?

I understand I won't be able to play on both switches at the same time and the second switch will dial in to check switch one is not already in use.

If anyone can shed light, go for it - I suppose the questions above also apply to a game card, but less keen on that as this game is not really one for game cards - you always want it on the system

Thanks!

MrJed

Woomy_NNYes

@MrJed I think people are nervous to answer because there are two ways to set up your consoles, and are you buying digital or physical? So, your answer is dependent on those factors.

Are both consoles set up as primary consoles? or a do you have a primary+secondary console setup?

  • Primary+secondary console set up allows you to play on one console, stop, pick up the other console and continue the same game. Caveat: only one Switch can be played at a time, because the game saves need to be synced between the consoles.

I gotta be honest. I don't know how to parse this all out in a simple way. If someone else here can explain it well, great! I didn't want you to sit all day, or longer, without SOME help. If no one else helps, I will say, call Nintendo, because their help line is great, believe it or not.

I can give you a bit of direction.... This page link has a list of Nintendo Support links answering common questions for setting up Switch consoles, multiple consoles, and sharing games:
https://www.nintendolife.com/forums/nintendo-switch/game_shar...

Nintendo UK support https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Support/Contact/Contact-621598.html
+44 (0)345 60 50 247 (Calls charged at National Rate)

Edited on by Woomy_NNYes

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MrJed

Thanks Woomy!

I believe my account is primary and secondary, I can dial in to pick up a save file for my account.

The primary switch is my launch day switch, but the kids use it now. I use the new secondary one now mostly and it dial in to check digital titles are not in play already on the other switch.

I would most like digital, but am interested know how this choice would effect animal crossing, keeping in mind the above family set up:)

It seems I am not the only on with issues or questions around this, I’ve now seen this on the nintendo site, but still fairly confused!!

https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/social/questions...

MrJed

Woomy_NNYes

@MrJed

(EDIT: I just noticed you said you've had a switch since launch. Forgive me for covering simple stuff below. I'll leave that info there in case any newb readers find this thread.)

As far as Animal Crossing saves go, on your switch, if multiple people want to have their own Animal Crossing save files, you need to have multiple Switch User profiles on your switch for for each person playing Animal Crossing (if you haven't already). These are the user icons at the top of your Switch home screen.

If you buy digitally, every user on your switch can use that game. There is a catch to that. Later down the road, if you buy a new Switch for your kid or wife to use independently, (as another primary console) they will need to buy their own version of game. Digital games are tied to the account & email that bought it.

If you buy the physical cartridge, again, everyone on your switch can use that game. If you added another primary console later, you can share that cartridge with them. Caveat: the game only works when inserted into the console. So, only one Switch can use it at a time.

**currently Animal Crossing doesn't support save file transfers to another Switch. An update to the game is supposed come that will allow you to transfer your save file from one switch to another. The date for the update has not been announced.

**Animal Crossing also does not get save data backed up to the cloud. If your Switch falls out of an airplane into a firey pit of lava , your Animal Crossing game save file dies with the console. Nintendo cloud won't have a backup save file.
List of games that dont get save data cloud backup:
https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a...

Edited on by Woomy_NNYes

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Spideron

Woomy_NNYes wrote:

@MrJed

As far as Animal Crossing saves go, on your switch, if multiple people want to have their own Animal Crossing save files, you need to have multiple Switch User profiles on your switch for for each person playing Animal Crossing (if you haven't already). These are the user icons at the top of your Switch home screen.

This is not true - you're only allowed ONE island/save file per Switch - and there's tons of negative feedback about this! Up to 8 profiles can SHARE this one island, but no solo island per profile.

The only way to have multi saves is to have 2 or more consoles and a cart (or several carts of course) you use on one console at a time (still only 1 save per console), or buy it digitally on each console.

Bottom line - 1 save per console no matter what you do. Another example of Nintendo caring more about stopping a few potential cheaters/save exploiters than the wishes of the overwhelming majority of their users. ~100% of other games/devs support saves per profile on the Switch.

I would say 'vote with your wallet' but since Animal Crossing has broken all sales-records, I guess that train is long gone!

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Manah

The history of being able to have multiple towns per console using multiple memory cards/copies of the game, and being able to transfer a non-mayor character in New Leaf to a new game so they can be the mayor of their own town while keeping their progress? As opposed to Nintendo begrudgingly implementing a way to even transfer anything at all to a new console in case it breaks or its owner wants to upgrade, and only after backlash from the community. I don't how this is "doing things much better" even if it doesn't affect me personally.

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jonhenny

That’s not true. We have a switch and my wife set up her Animal crossing first. Now I’m playing and can’t do certain things cause I’m not primary. So if she stops playing in a week and I want to keep playing my only option is to take over her account and go back through and lose all that progress.

SKTTR wrote:

Everyone who thinks this needs more than one island per console is either

1. An Animal Crossing Noob
"I never played AC before. I don't know about its history. I don't know that it does things much better than ever before, but God do I love to complain and sound stupid."

2. An egoist
"I don't want to share this game with other accounts on my Switch! Who allowed my family and friends to play on my console? Delete yourselves and go get your own gaming device!"

3. Or a cheater hiding behind a cheapshot mask.
"I just want more, more, more! I don't care about logic, resources, or reasons! Gimme more islands so I can get double and triple chances at winning stuff over other players that are content with just one island. I don't want to play online and play with others to get all of that. I wanna go online only after I cheated myself all fruits, materials, and rare items!"

So, which kind of complainer are you?

jonhenny

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