Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Gamers Are Furious About One Feature of Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch
After the disappointment with Wii U, expectations for the Nintendo Switch were sky-high ahead of its release earlier this month. Despite very positive reports from earlier reviews like BGR’s own Nintendo Switch review that was published ahead of launch, the lack of available games at launch seemed like it might posed a big problem for the company, especially since the pain from the lack of top-tier Wii U games is still so fresh on everyone’s minds.

However, the novelty of the Switch’s hardware design and the incredible response to the new console’s first flagship game, "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild," have been praised far and wide.

As positive as the response to Nintendo's Switch console has been so far, there are still obviously a handful of complaints that people have about the system. Some are more serious than others, of course, but one in particular has some gamers absolutely furious.

If the Nintendo Switch console suddenly turned off and won't turn on anymore, gamers thought that it could be a manufacturing defect and all they need to do is swap their system out for a new one.

No big deal, right? They will just grab their new console and pick up right where they left off, right? Wrong.

Nintendo has confirmed in the Nintendo Switch FAQ on its website that game save data cannot be transferred between systems. Period. Full stop. "On Nintendo Switch, game save data is stored on the console's System Memory," the website says. "This will not change whether downloadable software or software from a game card is being played."

There is a tiny glimmer of hope that this terrible policy might change at some point in the future, however. Nintendo used the language "at this time" when explaining the policy to Kotaku, which implies that some day, this clear and obvious shortcoming may be addressed in some sort of system update.

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