Just like the online subscription services from Microsoft and Sony for the Xbox and PlayStation, users can subscribe to Nintendo’s Switch Online service on a month-to-month basis and are free to cancel at any time. However, Nintendo doesn’t want you to do that and is hoping to lock you in with cloud saves.
One of the benefits of the Switch Online service is that you get access to cloud saves. So your game progress will be saved to the cloud. Even if you lose your console, or get it replaced, you’ll be able to pick up where you left off in games. However, the cloud saves will not be kept and will be deleted if you decide to end your subscription. This seems like a bit of hardball on Nintendo’s part.
This news is according to a FAQ on Nintendo’s website that reads, “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.”
We don’t know if there will be a grace period in which cloud saves are kept before being deleted.
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