If you are thinking of Switch Online as the saviour of your gaming progress, you might get disappointed by some of its features. Nintendo has now confirmed that some Switch games won’t be compatible with cloud save backups, meaning your data is still potentially at risk.
Switch’s new subscription feature can help in this regard. Just like Sony’s PlayStation Plus, Switch Online subscribers can back up their precious save files to the cloud where Nintendo protects it until you stop subscribing. But there’s just one catch: not every Switch game will support this feature.
Here’s why you wouldn’t be able to save all of your in-progress games:
The vast majority of Nintendo Switch games will support Save Data Cloud backup. However, in certain games this feature would make it possible to, for example, regain items that had been traded to other players, or revert to a higher online multiplayer ranking that had been lost. To ensure fair play, Save Data Cloud backup may not be enabled for such games. To ensure that Save Data Cloud backups cannot be used to unfairly affect online multiplayer rankings, the feature will not be enabled in Splatoon 2.