Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Nintendo Switch Online wipes cloud save data for expired subscriptions

Nintendo Switch Online wipes cloud save data for expired subscriptions

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But here's the relevant line for royale battlers now and going forward: "Some games, such as Fortnite, can be played online without a Nintendo Switch membership".

One of the Nintendo Switch's greatest asset is its portability, so it seems odd to not allow its players to be away from Internet more than a week to play NES games. This does mean that if, by accident, you miss a subscription you could lose an very bad lot of gaming instantly. Last night, Nintendo detailed the service once more during its latest Direct broadcast, but it didn't really tell us anything new, instead simply running down the list of features you get with your subscription. This includes games that have received a score of 8 or higher on GameSpot since the console's release, as well as reviews for new games and updates to reviews of older games that were ported to Switch. Bringing that kind of experience to a portable console like the Switch feels like a no-brainer.

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A similar FAQ on Nintendo's USA site essentially says the same: "Save data stored via the Save Data Cloud backup is available for as long as you have an active Nintendo Switch Online membership". That isn't particularly reassuring. Sony locks its cloud saves behind the PS+ membership but they are kept for around 6 months or so. However they won't be available to everyone and they won't work in all games.

Meanwhile, the cloud saves is another example of Nintendo's shortcomings in the online realm. An FAQ page on Nintendo's official support site confirms the detail, which was suggested but not put in such official terms before, meaning Switch owners can keep playing one of the best free games out there for Actually Free into the foreseeable future.

Exceptions will also be made for some games, enabling you to play online without paying anything in some cases.

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