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Topic: Zelda: Breath of the Wild User Data Question

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jsoetojo

Ok so,

I recently borrowed the cartridge for Zelda: Breath of the Wild from my friend who also owns a Nintendo Switch.
Little did I know, this game is actually GORGEOUS and I want my own copy. I've progressed pretty deep into the game already and I was wondering if I buy my own copy of the game brand new, will my character from this cartridge be transferred over through my Nintendo Account? Or is the character data saved onto the cartridge itself?

What do I do?

jsoetojo

Hikingguy

You do nothing and just buy a new copy of the game.
Game play data is saved locally to your Switch and not the cartridge. It does not matter how you get the game, as long as you are in possession of a copy of Zelda and the Switch you have been using to play the game on. The Switch has your game play saved on it, not your friend's copy of the game.

Was your friends game play on the cartridge when you started playing it? I would guess not.
In the old days, game play was tied to the cartridge. But after CD/DVD became popular gameplay data is saved somewhere else.

Hikingguy

toiletduck

And in the unthinkable situation that you're progress would be lost, you'd have to start over. Wow, I wouldn't mind being forced to start over with that game

toiletduck

Hikingguy

@toiletduck Yeah, I second that. I am about 300+ hours in on the regular game and I still have plenty to do, but I was thinking of starting the Master Mode.
This game is much deeper than I ever expected.

Hikingguy

jsoetojo

@Hikingguy Oh ok sweet.

Thats what I found strange at first, when I loaded his cartridge into my switch, it never gave me the option to load his data. So I kinda figured the data was saved either on the device or the Nintendo account using the cartridge.

So if I buy my own cartridge brand new, will my character still be there?

jsoetojo

jsoetojo

@Hikingguy

Yeah same. I thought it was just like a 20hr main storyline and thats it. So I was like, ye why not borrow and give it back when I get bored. Little did I know how deep this game actually is. Defs want my own copy now. HAHA

jsoetojo

darkfenrir

@jsoetojo As long as you are playing on the same Switch, your save data will be there.

Unless you delete save data of course

darkfenrir

Switch Friend Code: SW-0242-3593-1338

Hikingguy

@jsoetojo Yep, everything will be there. And to be even more specific, game saves are saved to your Switch and tied to your profile. So lets say more than one person uses the Switch and each of you have your own profile, the game's save file will only be created for the profile that was used while playing the game. Makes sense?
Here is another example, my wife and I both use the Switch but we have separate profiles on the Switch. So if I play Zelda and save a game, that save file is only for my profile. Now lets say my wife wants to play Zelda, when she starts the game from her profile, it will be a brand new game from the start.

So as long as you are using the same Switch and the same profile as when you originally played the game, then all your data will still be there from when you played no matter if you buy the game from the eShop or from the store, used or new. Just get your hands on a copy and you will be good.
I hope that makes sense.

If you want, you can even take a look at your data management and you should see a Zelda save file. Go to the System Settings -> Data Management -> Manage Save Data/Screenshots and Videos -> Delete Save Data (but obviously do not delete anything! Just look.) and you should see your Zelda save file and any other save files you there have too. But do not actually delete anything, just look at it!

Hikingguy

Hikingguy

@jsoetojo I guess if you knew what you were doing, you would be able to get it done in less than 20 hours, but the game has so much more to offer than just beating Ganon. It is a game that really lets you get what you want out of it. If you want 300+ hours, you can get that, if you want 20 hours, well, you can have that too.

Hikingguy

malikmalic

@Hikingguy hey i was wondering, i finished the game and started a new one on accident, i thought for some reason that when i defeated ganon that i could roam around. i want to get the dlc, so my question is:when i start the dlc will i have the items from the game where i defeated ganon, or the new one i started? thanks

malikmalic

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