Since the announcement of the Nintendo Switch Online subscription service, there has been a lot of questions regarding the way the company handles cloud saves. Previously, not only were some games not eligible for the service, it also seemed like your cloud saves were deleted the moment your subscription lapses. Now, it looks like Nintendo is saying that your cloud saves will stay on for 180 days after expiration.
In a statement to IGN, a Nintendo spokesperson confirmed that Switch owners will be able to regain their cloud saves if they resubscribe within the 180-day window. If you stay unsubscribed, then you still won’t be able to access them, even if they’re still there.
We’ve checked Nintendo’s US site, and the FAQ page reflects this. That said, at the time of writing Nintendo’s UK site has yet to update its FAQ page to show this change. You can check out the difference in the answers for the same question yourselves, in case you were wondering why it caused such a stir.
That aside, some games will remain incompatible with cloud saves. This includes Splatoon 2 and both Pokémon: Let’s Go games.
On this, Nintendo’s statement reads, “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.”