Nintendo has quietly resolved one of the most frustrating things about the Splatoon series on Switch: Supporting cloud saves. Cloud saves might not sound that exciting (because it’s not), but it has been one of the most highly requested features since the series came to the Nintendo Switch. Unfortunately, Splatoon 3‘s cloud save support will be rather limited.
So what does Splatoon 3‘s cloud saves actually mean? Cloud support means that when you play the Splatoon 3 single-player campaign, you can save your data to your Nintendo Switch Online account — not just the console itself. Splatoon 2 didn’t support cloud saves, so if you lost your Switch or got a new one, you had no way to recover your save file. Your Splatoon 2 save file was, essentially, locked to the Switch where you started playing it.
To save your single-player data to the cloud, you’ll need an active Nintendo Switch Online membership, but if you’re planning on playing Splatoon 3 online, you’ll need a subscription to Nintendo’s online service anyway.
Splatoon 3 will release on September 9 with a brand new single-player mode and upgraded multiplayer.