Nintendo will erase cloud saves once Switch Online subscription ends

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Yesterday Nintendo fully unveiled their Nintendo Online Service, which launches next week.

There were a number of notable announcements as part of the most recent Nintendo Direct broadcast, including a slew of Final Fantasy titles making their way to the Switch in addition to new installments in the Luigi's Mansion and Animal Crossing series. Annoyingly, very little that we didn't already know was shared, but an FAQ section on the official Nintendo website gives us a little bit more information.

Save data stored via the Save Data Cloud backup is available for as long as you have an active Nintendo Switch Online membership.

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Last night, Nintendo announced that it would be selling NES and Famicom controllers for the Switch, which explains why those controller icons were included in the firmware.

Classic games in the NES - Nintendo Switch Online collection and the save data for those games will not be removed unless the user chooses to do so manually.

Don't forget to charge them when you're not using them. Xbox One cloud saves are kept forever, whilst PlayStation Plus cloud saves are kept for six months after your subscription expires. These items are stored locally on the Nintendo Switch system but can not be accessed without an active Nintendo Switch Online membership. How Nintendo plans to actually enforce these restrictions, I'm not sure. Ultimate, as well as an adapter that enables you to play with it on Nintendo Switch. A Family Membership, which lets you share your account with up to 7 other people, is $35 a year. Have these newly-revealed restrictions changed your mind?

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