Nintendo Switch Save Transfer Support Could Be Coming Soon, Thank the Gods

Samantha Loveridge

Although the Nintendo Switch is a fantastic, and popular, console that’s only getting better, there’s one major issue that currently isn’t being addressed. At the moment, Nintendo Switch save transfer support just doesn’t exist, locking your save games inside the console itself.

While that might not sound like the biggest issue for the hybrid console, if your Switch ever gets lost, stolen, damaged, broken or otherwise incapacitated, all your save games will go with it. And yes, that includes the 100+ hours you’ve sunk into¬†Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

However, it seems that Nintendo Switch save transfer support might be inbound. Allegedly, the full Switch SDK (software development kit) has been leaked online and posted on NeoGAF. But the most important takeaways were that save transfer could be on the cards soon:

“In the future, we plan to provide a feature to transfer account save data among multiple consoles,” reads the leaked document. “As a result, there is the possibility that user accounts with uninitialized account save data will be added. Note that your design must work without issue, even in this case.”

Nintendo Switch in dock with grip

Another potential feature for the Switch is Guest Accounts, which would allow you to temporarily log into your Nintendo account on a friend’s Switch and access all your data from there.

“We are considering a feature in the future (tentative name: Guest Login) to access existing network service account information without linking to a user account. This feature would allow temporary access to the network service account linked to the Nintendo Account by logging into the Nintendo Account within the application.

“This feature would, for example, make it possible to upload a character you have raised as online data and then use that data on a friend’s NX (without creating a user account).

“We do not plan to provide this feature for the NX launch.”

Of course, as this is a leak, take all this with a giant dollop of the proverbial salt, but it’s definitely a feature the Switch needs sooner rather than later.

Samantha Loveridge
Sam is the UK Gaming Editor at Fandom. She's been addicted to games since she first got her paws on a GameBoy and hasn't looked back.
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