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Nintendo ‘considering’ cloud saves for Animal Crossing: New Horizons


Animal Crossing: New Horizons – maybe all will not be lost after all (pic: Nintendo)

A U-turn might be in progress concerning cloud save support in Animal Crossing, but not having more than one island per game.

There are a lot of things Nintendo do differently to other game companies and while some will bend over backwards to accommodate fans you’d have to say that Nintendo are not usually the listening types.

Fans have got very upset recently, that Animal Crossing: New Horizons does not allow cloud saves, which is a concern because if you lose or damage the cartridge or console the game is stored on you could potentially lose years’ worth of progress.

To use cloud saves you need to subscribe to Nintendo Switch Online, but even then it isn’t always supported (Pokémon doesn’t use it, as one major example) because Nintendo are worried about people hacking their saves.

That’s also the concern with Animal Crossing, as Nintendo worry that people will try to manipulate the flow of time in the game and get access to items and characters they shouldn’t.

That’s fair enough, but it’s not going to help anyone that loses their save. Thankfully though, a new update on Nintendo’s Japanese website offers some hope.

According to Google Translate it says the following:

‘This software does not support “Save Data Storage” of Nintendo Switch Online, but in case of failure, loss or theft of the Nintendo Switch body, in the original form of this software We are considering a function to back up save data. Use of this function is limited to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. Correspondence time is undecided. We will inform you as soon as the time is decided.’

Cloud storage wasn’t the only thing fans were getting upset about though, as the revelation that you can only have one island in the game, no matter how many user accounts you have on your Switch, didn’t go down too well either.

That’s less likely to see a U-turn though as it’s the way Animal Crossing has always worked and Nintendo won’t want to do anything to discourage people from buying their own copies.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons will be released on 20 March, following a delay from last year.

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