Nintendo Switch Online: NES Offline Play Requirements, Disappearing Cloud Saves and More

Nintendo Switch Online service doesn’t guarantee cloud game backups if membership to the service expires. Nintendo Entertainment System games free with the paid service will require a once a week check-in to play offline. We won’t know the full list of games that will require the service to play online nor which games support cloud saves until the service’s launch next week.

While Thursday’s Nintendo Direct didn’t offer a lot of new information about the paid Nintendo Switch Online service, digging through the official website and multiple support pages did unearth some new, important information.

Save Data Cloud Backup

Nintendo’s paid online service includes the ability to create a backup copy of save data for most Nintendo Switch games. It’s the only way a person can transfer game saves between devices. Nintendo said the save data can be accessed from any Nintendo Switch console by signing in with a user’s Nintendo Account and downloading the data.

Those are created automatically, though Nintendo said that each game does have the ability to allow users to adjust when and if data is saved to the cloud.

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