Nintendo Switch Online will arrive on September 18 or 19 depending on your region. It is a paid membership service for those who want to continue experiencing online multiplayer games on their Nintendo Switch. Compared to others, it is relatively cheaper and the cost associated with 1 year is just $19.99 while the family plan can go for $34.99 per year.
If you own a Nintendo Switch, chances are you may be well aware of the lack of saves backup and Nintendo Switch Online has finally provided a solution for this issue, but it is tied to the membership. Cloud Saves are now supported and will be offered for almost every game save for a few that might have integrated online multiplayer. This means that your save data will be backed up in the cloud and you can rest easy knowing it is not going to be lost forever.
The only major negative that seems to be related to the cloud saves is that Nintendo doesn’ t guarantee what will happen to them once the membership ends. Here is the official listing on the support FAQ related to this question.
Q. After my Nintendo Switch Online subscription expires, will my Save Data Cloud files and Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online save data be erased?
A. Save data stored with Save Data Cloud cannot be kept outside of the duration of your Nintendo Switch Online membership. Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online also uses the Save Data Cloud, so the same applies. However, if you keep the Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online save data saved locally on your Nintendo Switch console, then you can use it again if you purchase another membership.
It is further clarified in another update that was later posted and confirms that the save data is not immediately lost, but will be retained for an unspecified period of time.
Is my save data retained if I cancel my Nintendo Switch Online membership?
We are unable to guarantee that cloud save data will be retained after an extended period of time from when your membership is ended. However, you can continue to use the save data that is saved to your system memory.
This is normal practice for someone like Sony who only keeps the save data for PS Plus cloud storage for 6 months after canceling membership, however, Nintendo hasn’t specified the time period here so it remains to be seen how long cloud saves will last for a user who has canceled their Nintendo Online subscription.