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Players using Co-op

The Call Resident is an app that the player can use to invite other players to play with them. To use the app and invite multiple players on the Nintendo Switch, it will require at least two user accounts. Up to four residents from the same island can play together in local multiplayer on the same screen.

To use the app, open the NookPhone, and select the Call Resident app. Here, it will ask the player to select one or more players to invite (keep in mind, it will require 2 Nintendo Switches to play with more than two people locally). Once the player selected, it will ask them to synchronize their controller.

The player who first launched the game will be the leader. The leader is in charge as the camera focuses on them. Only the leader can interact with DIY workbenches, open their pockets, talk to villagers, and pick and keep items. However, when the other players pick up an item, it won't go into their pockets, but to the Recycling Bin in the Resident Services building. This mode is called Party Play.

If the leader wants to pass on leadership, they can shake the controller, causing their character to wave to the screen. While the leader waves, whoever presses the designated button displayed above their head will become the new leader.

Party Play is automatically unlocked when you have at least two players on your island.


  • If a wasp nest falls from a shaken tree, the wasps always target the leader, regardless of who shook the tree.
  • Since the maximum number of accounts on a Switch is eight, there can be up to eight player houses in total.
  • If a controller suddenly disconnects, the game reverts to the last save on the leader's profile.
  • The player is not able to visit another player's island when in Party Play.
  • Players will be unable to go on Kapp'n's boat while in Party Play.