If you’re horrified by the idea of your Nintendo Switch game saves stored on Nintendo servers being deleted because you forgot to re-up your Nintendo Switch Online subscription, you can calm down now. Nintendo has recently clarified its stance on maintaining cloud saves following a lapse in account subscription, saying it will maintain that data for six months.
The news should come with a sigh of relief for many a Nintendo Switch fan, as up until now it was widely assumed that game saves stored on Nintendo’s cloud servers would be deleted immediately following a lapse in payment, judging by Nintendo’s UK FAQ page on the matter.
“If a Nintendo Switch Online membership expires, users won’t be able to access their Save Data Cloud backups. However, Nintendo will allow users who re-subscribe within 180 days to access their previous Save Data Cloud backups,” a Nintendo spokesperson said to IGN.
However, Nintendo is still firm in its stance regarding certain games lacking support for cloud-based game saves, like Splatoon 2 and the upcoming Pokemon Let’s Go games. This, Nintendo says, is purely to prevent cheating in those games by manipulating this feature.
All in all, the state of cloud-based game saves for the console through Nintendo Switch Online is not nearly as dire as it was originally laid out to be.