Animal Crossing: New Horizons is likely to be one of the most anticipated Switch exclusives that players have been waiting for. A new island, new ways to interact with the world and its inhabitants, and new ways to be indebted to Tom Nook.
While it is anticipated players have to be aware of some of the limitations that Animal Crossing: New Horizons will have. For one, the game will not support cloud saves through Nintendo Switch Online. At least not at launch. Nintendo appears to be working on a solution but it won’t be ready on March 20th when the game launches.
Secondly, you will not be able to transfer your save files from one console to another. So, if something unfortunate were to happen to your Switch or you buy a newer model then you’ll have to start the game all over again. There’s also only one island per console, with local play supporting up to four players at the same time,
The full details from Nintendo are below:
This game does not support the Save Data Cloud functionality of Nintendo Switch Online. However, the ability to recover Animal Crossing: New Horizons save data from the server in the event of console failure, loss or theft will be available to Nintendo Switch Online members sometime in the future.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons does not support the ability to transfer your save file from one Nintendo Switch console to another.
Up to 8 players registered as users on a Nintendo Switch console can live on one shared island, and up to four residents of one island can play simultaneously on one console. Please note: only one island can exist per Nintendo Switch console, irrespective of the number of users registered to or copies of the game used on one console. One Nintendo Switch and one copy of the game is required for each unique island.
Alternatively, up to eight people can play together on one island via local wireless or online play.