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Nintendo requires Switch Online users to sign-in weekly to have uninterrupted service

By Cal Jeffrey · 6 replies
Sep 14, 2018
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  1. Nintendo is all set to roll out its Switch Online service next Tuesday, September 18. We have already told you in previous reports what comes with the subscription — namely access to NES games, cloud saves, online play, and special offers. While it might not seem as impressive as other console subscription services, for as low as $1.70 per month (for a one-year subscription), it’s not a bad deal.

    However, there are a couple of caveats that have been revealed since Nintendo posted its FAQ regarding the service yesterday. You might want to keep these things in mind when you are considering whether a subscription is for you or not.

    First of all, you should know that if you let your subscription lapse, all your cloud saves will be deleted. There is no grace period. By way of comparison, with Sony’s service for the PlayStation Network, you have six months to resubscribe before your data is deleted. Xbox doesn’t require a subscription for cloud saving, so the point is moot for Microsoft.

    "Save data stored with Save Data Cloud cannot be kept outside of the duration of your Nintendo Switch Online membership."

    Lapsed subscriptions might not be a concern for most people since these types of services tend to have long-time customers who only quit when they are sure they are not going to use it anymore. However, this might be troublesome in some situations, like if your credit card expires and you forget to update it in your Nintendo account.

    The second proviso is that to use Switch Online uninterrupted, you have to have an active connection to the internet at least once per week.

    “Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online can be played for up to seven days without an internet connection,” says the FAQ.

    If your Switch has not connected with Nintendo servers for more than a week, you will lose access not only to your cloud saves but also to the NES games you may have been playing.

    Again, for most this will not be a problem. My Switch connects pretty much on a daily basis. The longest it’s been out of use is about three days. However, some people might use their Switch mostly offline, like during the commute, or other places without internet access. Interruptions will also occur if you go on extended vacation.

    Just be aware that if you suddenly lose access to those NES games, it might be because you need to sign in again. Don’t worry about your cloud data. It will still be there as long as your subscription is current.

    These issues might not be deal-breakers for most people, but it is important to be aware of these stipulations before signing up.

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  2. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,547   +1,767

    Nintendo somehow made online DRM worse.

    Congrats nintendo. I miss the GBA and gamecube days.....
  3. Misagt

    Misagt TS Maniac Posts: 285   +203

    Nintendo made a ghetto for it's players. Trying to hold onto as many as they can well squeezing all the fun and goodwill they once had.
  4. J spot

    J spot TS Maniac Posts: 220   +141

    So if I forget to renew my subscription for one day and on that same day my Switch dies, then I lose all of my saved data?
    Reehahs, alabama man and Philip Pyne like this.
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,348   +4,978

    Thank you Nintendo for strengthening my desire not to buy into your products. You are a true life saver.
    alabama man and Evernessince like this.
  6. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,983   +3,471

    This kind of links up with the article here on techspot the other day about the legality of companies deleting data, but in a bit different sense. In this case it isn't Apple pulling your song downloads for things you legally purchased. It's Nintendo potentially deleting data you created off their servers without the ability to recover it. They essentially hold it for random with no reasonable remedy to retrieve it.

    It's just extremely funny how little these companies care about unique customer data. Can you imagine if you had a server housing source code for one of their games? They would sue your pants off if you deleted it the instant they lapsed on payment. It's flippant how double sided the law is, we need data protection laws now that help everyday consumers. Facebook and Google have proven this over and over.
    alabama man likes this.
  7. ZackL04

    ZackL04 TS Guru Posts: 527   +254

    Arent our saved games still available locally?

    Like the way the system has functioned since launch?

    I agree this stipulation to their service sucks, but It wont keep me from paying once they release the SNES games. Also just setup auto pay like you already should with other services you enjoy if you require constant online backup. Also, if your service is interrupted, can we just re-upload once service is resumed from the physical memory?
    Agnomen and J spot like this.

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