So I just got my own switch, and my dad has purchased ACNH on his own switch months ago. I added his profile to my switch to share the game so I wouldn’t have to buy it. I also purchased Nintendo online on MY profile, thinking it was tied to my entire switch. Would my only solution to gaining online access to ACNH (again, it’s on his profile, not mine) be to purchase a family plan across both profiles?
I’m finding this all super confusing so any help is appreciated, thanks!!
Jen/27 ~ PM me if you wanna be friends on NH. c:
Your father has a Nintendo Switch and has his own profile ON his Switch. And then he bought Animal Crossing: New Horizons as a DOWNLOAD, not a physical copy of the game - ALSO on his Switch.
Now, you have a brand new Nintendo Switch and you, of course, set up your own individual account on it, but wanted to play on HIS copy of ACNH, which is a download-only game.
So you signed onto your father's individual account on YOUR Switch in order to download HIS game onto your Switch.
But here's the rub - for a Digital Copy of a game, only the account that purchased the game can play the game, so you're stuck playing on your father's profile to play the game.
Also, only the account that bought Nintendo Online Services has those services. As long as both you and your father are on INDIVIDUAL accounts, you can't share anything.
From Nintendo's website: "Multiple users on the same console are not automatically covered by a family membership. If one player purchases a family membership, the others will still need to be added to the family group to use the service."
This tells me that you need to do a couple of things. First, your father needs to go to Nintendo's website directly and follow the steps they give you to set up a Family Group. Here's the link. That's the American website for Nintendo. It covers both creating a Family Group and Adding or Subtracting User Accounts from that group.
Second, you'll need to purchase a Nintendo Switch Online Family Membership, not the regular single-person Membership. That will allow EVERYONE under the Family Group to have on-line access. Here's the Link. And Nintendo's own website says the Family Plan for 12 months is $35, where the single-person is $20 for a year. So, for $15 more dollars, up to 8 accounts get on-line for a year. (That would be $160 for 8x individual online memberships.)
But none of that will allow YOUR account to play Animal Crossing. You'd need to purchase another copy of the game under YOUR account to play it under your profile. The only way around that is a physical copy of the game, but then only ONE of you could play the game at a time (you'd put the game cartridge in whatever Switch you want to play on and any profile on the Switch can then play that physical copy of the game).
It sucks, but it's how Nintendo has set everything up. And since your Island in Animal Crossing is unique to YOUR Switch, you'd start on a different island and other profiles on the Switch would manifest in the game as another person living on your island.
So... what I recommend doing is have your Father set up the Family Group and add your account onto it as a member. Then have him purchase a 12-month Online Family membership. That will let both of your accounts get on-line and it's cheaper in the long run. After that, you'll most likely need to purchase your own copy of the game so the two of you can play simultaneously and visit each other's islands.
There is no need to purchase a family plan if the both of you have individual plans already but you would need your own copy of the game to be able to play on your new Switch. As stated above you would have a new town due to the new cartridge and Switch. Unfortunately you are not be able to share a town from two different Switches.