Today's Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct was peppered with little spicy nuggets of information on the upcoming game, including rock solid confirmation that while the software will remain incompatible with Nintendo Switch Online's existing cloud back up system, Nintendo will indeed store your desert island's save data on their servers in case something calamitous happens and you are permanently parted from your Switch.
Available 'sometime after launch' and only in 'certain circumstances' ('console damage' and 'loss' are specifically cited in the video), the company will be able and prepared to restore your Animal Crossing: New Horizons save data enabling you to return to your paradise island on a different system. Phew.
However, in the small print on the section at the end of the Direct broadcast, it clearly states the following:
Nintendo Switch Online members can only have save data recovered one time due to the loss or damage of system.
The fact that there's a system in place to protect the many hours invested in your Animal Crossing island is reassuring, although you may want to be extra careful if you're a particularly unlucky person. Leaving your Switch on public transport or having some git steal it is unfortunate, but having it happen a second time is simply careless - at least in Nintendo's eyes.
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