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blanketocat

There has been something that I've been searching for, but i couldn't really seem to find a clear answer, the question is 'If I have nintendo online, and my console breaks or gets stolen, will i still be able to retrieve game save data from the cloud backup after getting a new switch and redownloading all the games?'

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WoomyNNYes

@blanketocat Yes. Nintendo Switch Online has game save cloud backup. While you have NSO, your game saves get backed up to the NSO cloud. If your sub runs out, your cloud saves stop updating, but will be held for 3 to 6 months? Something like that. You can find the details on nintendo's support page. If you haven't used nintendo.com support, its a good resource, and easy to search through.

Can someone confirm how long cloud game saves are kept after an nso subscription runs out?

Edited on by WoomyNNYes

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ACNH game progress cannot be transferred to another console
https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/48899/kw/animal%20crossing%20save%20data

Dogorilla

Yes. However, there are a small handful of games that don't support cloud saves because apparently they could be used to cheat the game; these include Splatoon 2, Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee and Pokémon Sword/Shield. You can check if a game supports cloud saves by looking at its eShop page or, if you've got the game, pressing + or - on the Switch home menu to open the info page for that game and scrolling down to the Save Data Cloud section.

Edit because @WoomyNNYes answered while I was typing: I'm fairly sure cloud saves are stored for 6 months after unsubscribing from Switch Online, but I can't actually find that info on Nintendo's website

Edited on by Dogorilla

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NCyD3XoJgM

WoomyNNYes

Thanks for helping @Dogorilla

@blanketocat (now that I'm on a laptop) Here's the list of games withtout cloud save backup. It looks like a big list, but I think for most people, they only end up owning a few of these, or know it's to thwart cheating with online games.
https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a...

"If your membership expires, you can begin a new membership within 180 days to regain access to your save data cloud backups."
https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a...

What happens with NSO when your NSO subscription ends.
https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a...

Please note the following when discontinuing your Nintendo Switch Online membership:

  • A Nintendo Switch Online membership is required to use the online multiplayer features for most Nintendo Switch titles.
  • Save Data Cloud backup will no longer be available. We are unable to guarantee that cloud save data will be retained after an extended period of time from when your membership ends. However, you can continue to use the save data that is saved to your system memory.
  • Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online titles are only available to Nintendo Switch Online members.
  • If you have purchased a family membership, the other members of your family group will also no longer be able to use the service when your membership ends.

Edited on by WoomyNNYes

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Extreme bicycle rider
(Nobody says "extreme". I said it to be silly.)

ACNH game progress cannot be transferred to another console
https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/48899/kw/animal%20crossing%20save%20data

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