Cloud saves for Nintendo Switch games were a long overdue addition but the launch of Nintendo Switch Online finally enabled you to back up your save data online. For a portable system that can be easily dropped, stolen or left on the bus, it was arguably an essential feature that should have been there from the very beginning, but better late than never, huh?
Before this (and currently, if you're not subscribed to Nintendo Switch Online), save data remained tied the console itself (unless you transferred it manually or performed a System Transfer to move all your data to a new Switch, of course). Unfortunately, not all games are compatible with the service due to concerns over potential cheating. In this day and age it's curious that there isn't a better solution than to remove the feature entirely, but there's a growing selection of titles which don't support Nintendo Switch Online cloud saves, and it includes some big first-party titles.
Below is a list of all the titles that are incompatible with its Nintendo Switch Online Cloud Save feature and can't have their save data backed up in the cloud. All of the following games have been verified via our personal library or the Switch eShop:
We'll update this list as and when more games that don't support Nintendo Switch cloud saves come to light.
Cloud Mario doesn’t deserve to be crossed out.
One of the best power ups
Exactly what I always ask and nobody answers, thanks!
Indicating which don't need Nintendos cloud save because they use their own server backup would be helpful. Lightseekers, Warhammer and Fortnite are three that I'm aware of.
Wait, Minecraft has cloud saves; they're just huge. xD (Mine's around 700 MB.)
@-o0Steve0o- True. Actually, I think that Fortnite doesn't save any local data at all on any platform.
They really should do partial cloud saves for animal crossing, like even if they want to avoid cloning they could still let you save the badges and catalog to back-up into the cloud should something go wrong
Thats a lie my let's go eevee saves..
@Mijzelffan If Nintendo made save data cloud correctly, cheating wouldn't be a problem.
As others have pointed out already some of these games do have cloud saves. I can second Minecraft having them and now I'm wondering whether official sources say they didn't.
@ShinyUmbreon Funnily enough it's LG Pikachu for me whereas LG Eevee doesn't have cloud saves on my end even though neither should. I have no idea how this happened, both games are up-to-date and bought new, in original shrink wrap, in a brick and mortar shop.
After cross referencing some conflicting NOA and NOE sources and checking our own consoles where possible, I've removed several games from the list and, as suggested, added notes about developer solutions that aren't part of Nintendo's cloud save feature.
@KarateLuigi @ShinyUmbreon You have Save Data Cloud Backup for those games?
@dartmonkey Thank you very much for checking and for updating this article!
I own both LG Eevee and LG Pikachu, but somehow only LG Pikachu offers cloud backup for me, Eevee doesn't. I haven't checked whether it actually works because I feel like this must be some sort of mistake and don't want to take any chances, but the option is there (says save isn't backed up yet and when I click that it shows the usual upload/download cloud backup save screen). Which makes it all the more quirky that Eevee cloud backup works for ShinyUmbreon since it doesn't for me (as should be the case). Can't say I'm doing anything questionable/use anything unauthorised with my consoles or accounts either so no idea what's up with all this.
Addendum: Eevee was played not too long after release, Pikachu was played for the first time after all or almost all updates had been released. Eevee has been updated and they're both at the same version (both up-to-date), also Pikachu was a Poké Ball + bundle. These are the only differences I can think of.
@dartmoneky Yes yes I do why you ask?
If either of you could post screen captures, that'd be handy It says 'Not Supported' and is greyed-out on our list.
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