The Nintendo Switch save games can’t be transferred
Let's just hope your console won't have a problem or you might lose it all
Looks like we can’t understand the logic of Nintendo with the new Switch. On the one hand, there is a lot of freedom (the eShop isn’t region locked, demos can be played as much time as you want), and on the other hand they decide to lock save games inside the system. And this is quite surprising news since the Nintendo 3DS allows save games backup on the microSD card.
The info comes directly from Polygon, who already has a console and reports that “Switch save data is stored in the console’s system memory, and currently cannot be copied to any external storage medium for backup purposes (or any other reason)“. This could be a serious issue if you happen to have a problem with your console. You can’t backup anything, so if there’s anything that resets the console to its factory settings, bye bye your saves.
And why wouldn’t the saves be stored directly in the game cartridges? Well, Nintendo previously said that they are non-writable. This is normal since you don’t want to erase your game. But we all assumed that the save games could then be stored in the microSD cards if we inserted one in the console.
Hopefully, this problem won’t last long. Nintendo must have already heard of the bad feedback on this, and might think of an future update with a functionality that enables you to move save files from one system to another, or just backup our data on a cloud service linked to the upcoming online service.