One of the biggest complaints about Nintendo Switch through its first year and a half on the market has been the lack of cloud saves. If your console is damaged, you could potentially lose hundreds of hours of saved progress with no way to retrieve it. Thankfully, cloud saves will be coming to the console in five days via Nintendo Switch Online, but there are some major caveats.
As we previously reported, many games will not support cloud saves even with Nintendo Switch Online, including Splatoon 2, Pokémon: Let's Go, NBA 2K19, FIFA 19, Dead Cells, and Dark Souls Remastered. Additionally, Nintendo's new FAQ for the online service confirms that if your online service expires at any time, your cloud saves will cease to exist.
After my Nintendo Switch Online subscription expires, will my Save Data Cloud files and Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online save data be erased?
Save data stored with Save Data Cloud cannot be kept outside of the duration of your Nintendo Switch Online membership. Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online also uses the Save Data Cloud, so the same applies. However, if you keep the Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online save data saved locally on your Nintendo Switch console, then you can use it again if you purchase another membership.
Additionally, Nintendo clarified how access to the digital library of NES games will work. While you won't need a constant internet connection to play them, you will need to connect regularly or you'll lose your ability to play them.
Can Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online only be played where I have an active internet connection?
Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online can by played for up to seven days without an internet connection. If you are unable to launch Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online, then please try connecting to the internet again.
You can learn more about Nintendo Switch Online by perusing the official Nintendo Switch Online FAQ.