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Nintendo Switch: Game saves, MicroSD cards can’t be shared across multiple consoles

The Nintendo Switch is making it quite difficult to use multiple devices.

First, Nintendo has confirmed that game saves cannot be backed up to a cloud or MicroSD card, meaning the game you’re playing can’t be shared across multiple consoles — that is, unless you’re willing to start from scratch on each.

“At this time, it is not possible to transfer save data from one Nintendo Switch system to another,” a Nintendo representative confirmed with Stevivor.

Next, it’s been confirmed that MicroSD cards are tied to a specific Switch console and can’t be moved across to a second one.

“The microSD card is being used by another Nintendo Switch console or was used on this console before it was initialized,” is the error message that greets users to try to move MicroSD cards.

“Delete the Nintendo Switch data on the microSD card to use it on this console. Save data, screenshots, and other data not related to Nintendo Switch won’t be deleted. You can remove the microSD card if you don’t want to use it on this console.”

What do you make of all this? Are you in a household with multiple Switches? Let us know in the comments below.

The Switch is available now; we reviewed it here.

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