Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ save data transfer abilities are still on their way, with the game’s developers working on two methods of transfer.

The information comes from a new interview with CNET, in which the interviewer Scott Stein shared his frustrations with the current lack of cloud save backups and transfers.

“So right now we’re trying to give users two types of function. The first thing is, when the users lose or break their Switch, then we will provide a backup save data that was saved on the server,” game producer Hisashi Nogami said. “And then the second one is when the user buys a new Nintendo Switch, then we will transfer that account for them.”

A method of backing up and transferring Animal Crossing: New Horizons game data was said to be coming this year, but no new news has come out regarding it since February.

“For the data transfer for new Switch purchases, there are two ways,” Nogami said. “The first one is to transfer the entire island data onto the new Switch. And then the second method is to extract one of the players that are living on the island, and extract that player’s save data onto the new Switch hardware. In your case, since you have two Switches, it’s basically considered that you have two separate islands and two separate save data on each of the Switch that you own.”

What’re your thoughts on the planned implementation? Let us know in the comments!


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  1. I am a disabled vet and I had to buy a switch to make it easier to play animal crossing on I really need to switch my island over from my switch lite to my switch. Is there anyway to have this done sooner? It will be a big help on my shoulders, neck and eyes in this matter. I really love this game and I don’t want to stop playin daily because of the pain I get form playing. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated

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  2. Jimmy Lindsey says:

    Very much looking forward to transfering my island from my Switch Lite to my new Switch. Please let that be sooner rather than later.

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  3. Priscilla Munatonez says:

    When is this going to happen? I purchased a switch lite and have been unable to transfer my island.

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  4. Jake says:

    How long until this will be available? Do we have a rough timeline for when this will be implemented?

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