Four people can live in the same village on an individual wii console. Only one person can play in this village on the one wii console at a time. You take turns but all live and interact with the same characters in the same environment. There are many beneficial extras such as more bells, range of items, etc. when there is more than one human living in a village. Friends can visit your village via the internet link. So more than one person can play at once just not on the same console. Two or more consoles can link up using broadband and everyone plays in the same village.