Thanks in large part to the masterpiece that is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the newly-launched Nintendo Switch is the gaming industry’s hot item and has given Nintendo a much-needed win after the disappointing sales and reception to their previous console, the Wii U. While it’s true that every new piece of gaming hardware is going to be missing certain features at launch — it took the PlayStation 4 over three years to finally get external hard drive support, for instance — the discussion around the Nintendo Switch seems to revolve just as much around what it’s missing as what it actually does.
For as much as there is to like about the Switch, it’s also a device that feels like it was put out just a bit too early and is missing features that many would have assumed to be standard. Nintendo has made assurances that many of the Switch’s most prominent missing features will be addressed at a later date but with no time window given, it’s more than a little frustrating to see the Switch in its current state when it could easily be so much more. With that in mind, here are the features I think the Nintendo Switch needs the most.
10. Save File Backup
Right now, the Switch will only let you save your games to its on-board physical storage. In other words, there’s no way to backup your save files or recover them if your Switch breaks and you have to get a new one. In regards to this frankly unacceptable design shortcoming, Nintendo said, “At this time, it is not possible to transfer save data from one Nintendo Switch system to another.” The phrase “At this time,” suggests that the company has plans to address this issue in the future and I would wager that cloud storage could be part of the Switch’s paid online service when that eventually rolls out.
However, like many things with the Switch, this is a problem that shouldn’t even exist in the first place and Nintendo should have had some form of save file transferring/backup available on day one because losing hundreds of hours of save data is not something we should have to worry about anymore in 2017.