Nintendo Switch’s online service has been much anticipated, and despite previous delays its release is right around the corner. Now, it looks like one of its biggest selling features (especially if you’ve ever lost or broken your Switch) won’t be available for all games; some big titles, like Pokemon, Let’s Go Pikachu!/Eevee and Splatoon 2, won’t allow cloud saves.
As reported by Game Informer, a message saying “This game does not support Save Data Cloud backup” has begun appearing on many Eshop pages. This includes the upcoming Pokemon and Splatoon, but also Dark Souls Remastered, Dead Cells, FIFA 19, and NBA 2K19. Nintendo has said in the past that not all games would support cloud saves. Other games, like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario Tennis Aces, and other games that will use the service’s multiplayer capabilities, don’t have the warning.
Nintendo Switch Online will go live some time in the “second half” of September. At that point, you’ll need a subscription to be able to play online (it’s been free since the Switch’s launch in March 2017). In addition to multiplayer and (some) cloud save abilities, you’ll also have access to a library NES titles that will expand over time.
The service costs just $20/year (a lot cheaper than its Xbox and PlayStation competitors). There are also options to subscribe monthly, at $4/month, or pay $8 for three months of access. There is also a $35 family plan that allows up to eight different Nintendo accounts to share the same memberships (even if there are multiple consoles involved).
In other Nintendo Switch news, Civilization 6 has been announced for the console, coming this November, and there are new challenges in Fortnite. If you’re excited for Pokemon, Let’s Go Pikachu!/Eevee (even despite the lack of cloud saves), check out the version-specific Pokemon you can catch in each.