For over a year, one of the Switch’s greatest failings has been the inability to back up your saves, and it’s a problem that many owners have been hoping will be resolved with Nintendo Switch Online’s cloud saves. However, in a rather confusing decision, Nintendo have decided not to extend the option to all games in the console’s ballooning catalogue.
ResetEra users noticed that a number of games feature the disclaimed, “Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online play. This game does not support Save Data Cloud backup. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features.”
These include both first party Switch titles Splatoon 2 and Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee, as well as third party games like Dark Souls Remastered, Dead Cells, FIFA 19 and NBA 2K19.
Issuing a statement to GameInformer, it seems that Nintendo have been wracked with paranoia surrounding cheating and online game hackers – ironically Nintendo have been accused of being slow to react when Splatoon 2 has notably been affected by cheaters for many months.
“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.”
It’s a truly baffling decision when taking into account that Microsoft, Sony and Steam all allow for cloud-based saves regardless of the game. In some cases, it’s a cloud save system that acts as a form of anti-cheat, such as with GT Sport’s frustrating inability to save when playing offline.
Nintendo Switch Online is expected to launch in the second half of this month, bringing paid subscriptions for online play alongside the cloud save feature and a library of classic Nintendo games that have been adapted for Switch and online play.