The Nintendo Switch is very stingy about how and where it will let you save your games. Currently, games can only be saved to your system’s internal memory, with no option to transfer them to a new unit, or even copy them to a microSD card. It’s a rather draconian approach, given both the PS4 and Xbox One will let you save your games to external drives or the cloud. Of course, most Nintendo fans are used to their restrictive attitudes, but it would be rather lovely if the company got with the times.
Well, guess what? Turns out Nintendo has a cloud save system set up for the Switch, they’re just not letting us most of us use it. Redditor Patsuann recently sent his Switch to Nintendo for repair, and they sent him back an all-new unit. This Switch had his Nintendo Account attached to it, but unfortunately, all his saves were missing. Uh oh! But wait, there was now a little cloud icon on his Switch’s home screen. Curious!
Upon clicking it, our Redditor was asked to download an update, and once he did all his saves were restored to his Switch. In other words, Nintendo totally has a tech set up for Switch cloud saves. Heck, they even have a little icon designed for the service! You can check out video of the process, above.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime was recently asked about the possibility of Nintendo Switch cloud services, and he responded with hopeful “Wouldn't that be wonderful?" It would! Well, now it seems like Reggie’s quote was more than just wishful thinking! Something definitely looks to be in the works.
Let’s hope our saves are rescued from the Switch’s internal memory sometime soon. Perhaps when Nintendo finally launches its paid online service?