Nintendo launches an online subscription service for the Switch later this month, which provides access to multiplayer capabilities, classic NES titles from yesteryear and cloud backups for game data – but apparently the latter function does not work on all of your games.
Game Informer has dug some on the Nintendo website and found a "This game does not support saving a data asset back up" on some titles, including Pokémon Let's Go, FIFA 19, Splatoon 2 and Dark Souls Remastered. Nintendo has since confirmed to Game Informer that cloud savings will not work across the board.
Saving data online has been something Nintendo Switch users eagerly anticipating from the moment the console went on sale – without this, any progress of the game will be lost forever if your console is lost, stolen or broken.
Ensure fair play
In a statement to Game Informer, Said Nintendo that would support "the vast majority" of games backup of the cloud, but that for some titles it will be turned off to "ensure a fair game" and ensure that multiplayer games are all a level playing field use.
"In certain games, this feature would make it possible to, for example, retrieve items that had been traded to other players, or return to a higher online multiplayer ranking that had been lost," Nintendo says. That would then "unfairly affect online multiplayer rankings," the company said.
Switch gamers will of course not be happy that cloud saves will not work on all their titles – especially as this will be a paid add-on – but it does not look like Nintendo is going to admit. In a few days we should get all official details.