Nintendo Switch: Save Data Can’t be Backed Up Anywhere

I don’t know about others, but I tend to back up my save files every now and again. It’s a habit I developed over the years due to random system errors, or corrupt save files, that have popped up over the years. You can never predict what will happen on your gaming console, and it’s just a comfort to know all my hard effort won’t be lost. That said, it seems like the Nintendo Switch won’t be offering me that comfort as the system won’t allow you to back up your save files at all.

The companies website explains their storage system, and it seems rather lacking. Their online FAQ states that our data “cannot be saved or copied to a microSD card”. Even worse than that, once the internal storage fills up you must delete some of your hard fought games to find space for your new games.

This wouldn’t be so bad, if the internal storage wasn’t 32GB. A quarter of which is taken up by the Operating System – nice going there Nintendo. It’s also a confusing decision made by Nintendo, as their previous systems allowed not only a transfer of data but saved data as well. However the Switch only allows data management in one way – the delete the file and say goodbye type of way.

For those of you who might think this is a weird joke, Nintendo itself told Kotaku that ““At this time, it is not possible to transfer save data from one Nintendo Switch system to another”. This is a completely different take to data management in terms of other consoles. All of which allow for a much easier time in terms of storage means.

If, and how, Nintendo intends to remedy this remains to be seen. That said, be careful with your console and save files. One loose click, one bad drop, anything that might risk your save files will set you back to the beginning of your favourite game.

Let us know in the comment’s on what you think on this lack of storage for the Switch.

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