Although it would have been a pretty safe guess regardless, it has been confirmed that Pokémon Sword and Shield will not support cloud saves on Nintendo Switch.
The news comes from the eShop listing for the two games - pre-purchasing is now live (with a surprising bonus gift for those in Europe) and we've already heard about the games' file sizes, but other details found on the page include the confirmation. Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! also lacked cloud support, so it would have been more surprising to see Sword and Shield support the feature, rather than not have it.
As a side note, this means that the process becomes a little more tricky for anyone wanting to play the games on their original Switch and then continue playing on their Switch Lite. We do have a full guide on how to play games across the two systems, so make sure to bookmark that if you think you'll need the help.
Nintendo issued an official statement last year explaining why some games may not include cloud save support as standard; Pokémon certainly meets the criteria for those which can't be included.
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