The Nintendo UK eShop page for Animal Crossing: New Horizons
includes two disclaimers that seemingly confirm the cloud save situation for the game. According to these disclaimers, Animal Crossing: New Horizons does not support cloud saves except in the event of “console failure, loss or theft.”
At the bottom of the Animal Crossing: New Horizons store page on the official Nintendo UK website, the company added two disclaimers at the bottom. They are:
- This game does not support the Save Data Cloud functionality of Nintendo Switch Online. However, the ability to recover Animal Crossing: New Horizons save data from the server in the event of console failure, loss or theft will be available to Nintendo Switch Online members sometime in the future.
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons does not support the ability to transfer your save file from one Nintendo Switch console to another.
These disclaimers, which aren’t live on the North American store page for Animal Crossing, confirm that Cloud Saves aren’t available except for three unique cases in which the Switch is either lost, stolen, or malfunctions. Furthermore, data transfers between one Switch to another is explicitly not supported.
IGN has reached out to Nintendo of America to find out if this will be the case in the U.S. as well.
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons may not let you transfer your save data from one Nintendo Switch console to another.
That’s what it apparently says on the back of the game’s German download card, which was recently shared and translated into English in the ResetEra forums.
“The transfer of user- and save data between consoles is not supported by this software,” reads the translation of the download card.
If this is true, that means you won’t be able to take your save game over to a newer Switch console should you buy one. Good to know if you already own a Switch but intend on buying the newly announced Animal Crossing: New Horizons special edition Switch at some point.
You better hope that your Switch doesn’t ever break so you have to buy a new one too, either. Especially as it was confirmed last year in an interview with Gamekult that Animal Crossing: New Horizons will not support cloud saves in order to stop people manipulating time to their advantage within the game.
The German download card also contains the second mention of Animal Crossing: New Horizons only allowing one island per console. The first mention of it was spotted on the Nintendo Australia webpage for the game.
“Up to 8 players registered as users on a Nintendo Switch console can live on one shared island, and up to four residents of one island can play simultaneously on one console,” reads the game’s description.
“Please note: only one island can exist per Nintendo Switch console, irrespective of the number of users registered to or copies of the game used on one console. One Nintendo Switch and one copy of the game is required for each unique island.”
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Limited Edition Nintendo Switch
Only having one island may not seem that much different to Animal Crossing: New Leaf. However, New Leaf saved the game on the 3DS cartridge, meaning you could move it around. You won’t be able to do that with New Horizons as the game is saved on the console’s internal storage – something you can’t remove so easily.
Still, as we found out in our Animal Crossing: New Horizons multiplayer interview, at least you’ll be able to invite eight friends to your island via local wireless or online play – up from the four-player limit of New Leaf.
Hopefully we’ll hear confirmation on this news before Animal Crossing: New Horizons launches on March 20, 2020.
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