Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a wonderful entry in Nintendo’s long-running social simulator collection. But now that the franchise is on Switch, it has some bizarre quirks in how its possession rights work that many gamers will need to find out about. Most notably, if you’re sharing a digital library throughout two Switch methods, you possibly can play the sport on the identical time. But there are a selection of serious caveats to remember.

When the Switch Lite launched in September, I wrote about how sharing digital video games between Switch methods works. The fast model is you could play any digital sport that belongs to your account on any Switch. But different accounts can solely play your digital video games on the system you designate as “Primary.” And that also works for Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

I’ve been taking part in my major save on the Switch Lite. And then my spouse’s account will be taking part in the identical digital copy on the identical time on the first unique Switch.

But, in fact, issues then need to get bizarre.

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As Nintendo has mentioned all alongside, Animal Crossing: New Horizons locks one island per system. So after I log into Animal Crossing to the unique Switch, I’m leaping in with a distinct character onto a distinct island. And that’s a bit irritating. I want I might not less than deliver my character over from my major save. But that doesn’t work, so how am I presupposed to get a few of her oranges for my island?

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has some quirks when sharing a digital copy

The resolution to this drawback is possibly apparent to a few of you. Why don’t I simply open up my spouse’s island to guests and fly my character over a neighborhood connection? Ah, sure. Well, I attempted that, and this tripped some kind of alarm as a result of I encountered this error message:

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has some quirks when sharing a digital copy

Above: An error message telling me to purchase one other copy of the sport.

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To summarize, the message is saying you could solely play a digital copy of a sport on one system at a time. Now, that’s not correct. I’ve performed the sport on each methods concurrently with out difficulty. But Nintendo is drawing a tough line at allowing you from utilizing one copy to have two folks play collectively from two system on one island …. I do know, it’s complicated.

This possible applies to on-line play as properly, however that function isn’t accessible till a day-one patch.

And whereas that is irritating, I additionally perceive Nintendo wanting to place some restrictions on how a lot a single digital copy can do.