You can only have one Animal Crossing: New Horizons island per Switch Console

Prepare to fight with your family and loved ones.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons will apparently only allow one island to be saved per Nintendo Switch console.

According to the Nintendo of Australia website (thanks to ACPocketNews for the spot), you won’t be able to save multiple islands on a single Nintendo Switch when Animal Crossing: New Horizons launches.

This means anyone hoping of sharing the game with friends, family or partners will be required to play in co-op on the same island, instead of creating their own. That’s going to cause some serious disputes when one member of the club spends the entire team’s balance of bells on building a hot tub for their private use 

Here’s what the page states:

“Up to 8 players registered as users on a Nintendo Switch console can live on one shared island, and up to four residents of one island can play simultaneously on one console. Please note: only one island can exist per Nintendo Switch console, irrespective of the number of users registered to or copies of the game used on one console. One Nintendo Switch and one copy of the game is required for each unique island.”

Animal Crossing New Horizons one island per nintendo Switch console
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That seems pretty definitive then. It’s unfortunate news not just for anyone sharing a Switch, but also for those that like running multiple games, especially when New Horizons looks like it’ll offer players a choice between natural or more built-up camps. We’re not sure why this is a limitation in the Switch release, but at least there’s eight player co-op to enjoy instead. 

In other recent Animal Crossing: New Horizons news, Nintendo unveiled an utterly gorgeous New Horizons Nintendo Switch model. It’s got pastel blue and gree Joy-Cons, and can even be picked up in a bundle from some locations. That’ll release March 13, ahead of Animal Crossing: New Horizon’s full launch on March 20.

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