Best Answer: “Yes, you will have the ability to transfer between devices, your gameplay experiences,” Nintendo of America president, Doug Bowser, said. While there was no official announcement of a game save data transfer system, this confirms it’s in the works.
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No further details have been announced
Unfortunately, Nintendo hasn’t really said anything about the data transfer system from a Nintendo Switch to a Nintendo Switch Lite. Bowser told CNET has only said that the ability to transfer between devices is coming, but offered nothing more than that.
We’re talking about data transfer, not data sync
Transfer usually involves moving data over from one device to another. From previous experiences with Nintendo’s 3DS handheld line, the transfer system for the Switch — which would mean transferring over the licenses and data of each game from your original Nintendo Switch console over to the new Switch Lite — could be something similar.
The process for transferring game libraries and data over between 3DS devices was a pain and could take a while. With this in mind, the process for the Switch may be similar.
It hasn’t been possible to keep your data synced between two Nintendo consoles before, so we’re not sure if this is something that Nintendo could do with the Switch. Again, Bowser has only mentioned transferring data, not syncing.
What about those cloud saves with Nintendo Switch Online?
If you have a Nintendo Switch Online account, then you should be aware that a perk of the membership is the ability to save your game data in the cloud. There are a few exceptions though, such as Splatoon 2, where your online stats are saved locally on your Switch so they don’t have cloud save support.
We think if you have Nintendo Switch Online and play games that support the cloud saving feature, then it should be possible to re-download or transfer games over from your original Switch to a Switch Lite. Then all you have to do is log in to your Nintendo Account and download your cloud saves to your new console.
Still, this doesn’t mean that your game data syncs between two devices at once, at least from what we know right now. Even with this current cloud save system for supported games, you’ll need to re-upload your save data each time and then re-download on the other console to pick up where you left off. This isn’t ideal.
We’ll be sure to update you though when we learn more.
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Nintendo Switch Lite works solely in handheld mode, but it uses the same cartridges as the standard Nintendo Switch, so any of your games that offer handheld mode will be compatible, and it can link with Nintendo Switch to play local co-op games.