As we've covered numerous times, Animal Crossing: New Horizons isn't going to support Switch Online Save Data Cloud Backup. It will have something else though, and Nintendo wants to make sure people know it's coming this year. Nintendo has released another FAQ for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and it makes sure to drive home the point that a save data backup feature is coming this year. Check out the short FAQ, as translated by Siliconera, below.
Is there a way to create multiple islands?
Even if you’re using multiple copies of the same software, you are only able to create one island per console. If you wish to build up another island, you’ll need a different console.
As the island save data is saved directly on the Nintendo Switch console, even if you use both the physical and digital versions of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, there will only be one island.
Is there a way to transfer save data onto another console?
We are currently considering a function to move user and save data to other consoles that is uniquely for the software. The function is planned to be implemented within the year.
What if I lose my save data?
Animal Crossing: New Horizons does not support Nintendo Switch Online’s Save Data Cloud Backup feature. However, we’re currently considering a function for Nintendo Switch Online members to backup save data, uniquely for the software, in case one’s Nintendo Switch console itself malfunctions or is lost. The function is planned to be implemented within the year.
Is the game playable on the Nintendo Switch Lite?
This title can be played on the Nintendo Switch Lite. However, in order for multiple residents to play together in Party Mode on a Nintendo Switch Lite console, Joy-Cons and/or Pro Controllers suitable for the amount of players joining in must be connected to the Nintendo Switch Lite.