In AC: New Horizons, does it work like old animal crossings where there's only one town per system or, since there's the profiles option on the switch, its one town per profile?

Asking because my SO will receive another switch by mail in a week, and she is starting on our old switch... but when Ill start myself on that old switch will I be stuck in her town?

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You are limited to one island per console. So unless you completely delete everything and start over from the very beginning, you will be playing on the island she created.

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    I was just wondering, if you have hacked your Switch, could you use the Checkpoint save game manager to backup and restore your Animal Crossing saved game file, in order to have multiple islands?
    – Aaron F
    Apr 7, 2020 at 17:16
  • @AaronF No idea. We don't really handle questions like that.
    – user11502
    Apr 7, 2020 at 17:43
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    I was interested so I investigated further. It appears that the Checkpoint and Edizon saved game managers don't work with ACNH, because it uses something called "device saves". However there's a tool called JKSV which is reported to work. Obviously it goes without saying that this method is not endorsed by Nintendo.
    – Aaron F
    Apr 7, 2020 at 18:03

From what has been said from Nintendo, it's one town per system.

However, each profile can have a different house in the same town. That allows you and your friends to do local multiplayer.

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    So I would also guess if I let her start, and then when her switch arrives she transfers her profile the town/island will not follow?
    – Fredy31
    Mar 20, 2020 at 13:09

There is the additional problem of "Island Representative" . Whomever logs on first and creates the island is permanently the main character or "Island Rep" and the only character that can move plot along/buy major upgrades, invite new NPC villagers, etc. If that person stops putting time in (on your console), you have to play as them when something important needs to happen.

Alternatively, you can erase HerIsland and start fresh before y'all progress too far. Allow her to play a 2ndary character on your new island while waiting for her console to arrive. FYI, the town folk will mention/gossip about the character a lot make it someone you want to hear about forever/play yourself. Down the line, a 2nd character will give you more storage as you upgrade the 2ndary tent into a house with lots of storage... But while waiting, she should focus on mining resources, including Nook miles to take to her permanent island when her new console arrives.

Another option: If you keep playing HerIsland and do the Nuke after the new Switch arrives, then you can ferry over pocket full, by pocket full of bells, flowers, fruit, saved (unlearned) DIY cards, etc to start her out, and then ferry half of them back to yourself after you nuke and restart. You can move up this timeline if you involve a 3rd party, namely a trustworthy ACNH friend willing to hold all your stuff for a few hours/a day (I hope there aren't many full grown flowers/trees) during the nuke and restart process.

I have never done this. I'd guess DIYs likely get lost permanently. I don't know if things like Nook Miles get nuked too. ...The internet says: Oooh. Yes 100% of the data is erased when rebooting including all characters created (and their data). Total clean slate, like you just bought AcNh. Cash out those NookMiles into NM tickets and export them to another island before you erase the game's data.

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