Mar 17th, 2017

While Nintendo learned a lesson with the Wii and the Wii U and created an account system to tie all your Switch purchases to, unfortunately there’s no way to back-up your save data on your own. Sony and Microsoft both offer cloud backup and they’re consoles that aren’t meant to leave your living room.

It feels like something of an oversight considering the Nintendo Switch is designed to be taken with you wherever you go and the fact that you can’t back-up save data has led some gamers to leaving their Switch at home entirely until a solution is provided. It seems that if something does happen to your console and you have to send it in to repair it, Nintendo will transfer all of your saved data.

One redditor had to send his console in to Nintendo for repairs and he got it back dismayed that the content wasn’t there, but it looks like Nintendo backed up the data for him anyway.

So today i got home, first thing i did was to grab the big brown box from Nintendo. I opened it, booted up the switch aaand my account was intact. To be sure i went and checked my storage, it said that it was all empty. A bit dissapointed i thought, let me atleast boot up Zelda. So it needed an update. While it was updating, however, i saw an icon what looked like downloading from a cloud.

So full of hope i start my game, and there was my saves are intact!

I can confirm Nintendo can actually transfer your data to a new device. So if that wasn’t the case for you, maybe you can contact them again and ask them if they couldn’t transfer your data.

This is good news for anyone who is worried about taking their system out of the house and dropping it or something happening to cause an RMA to be necessary. Good job, Nintendo!

[via reddit]

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