The Switch OLED is coming out tomorrow and no doubt many of you are waiting eagerly for your console to arrive on your doorstep. The thrill of new gaming hardware is certainly one of life’s little joys, but don’t let your excitement overwhelm you, as it was ours.
As you know from our last review, we’ve had the Switch OLED for a week now, and when it arrived from Nintendo we literally couldn’t wait to transfer all of our data from our old console. We followed the transfer instructions to the letter and set everything up in no time – except for one very important thing: ours Animal Crossing: New Horizons Island.
While Nintendo supports console-to-console data transfer, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is different. You can only store one island on a single system, so the island data is treated slightly differently than typical backup data. It also cannot be saved using Nintendo Switch Online’s cloud backup service. Instead, you’ll have to use a special transfer tool to move the island from one console to another – and guess what we’ve forgotten?
Yes, like complete fools, we did the system transfer and then passed our old launch model Switch to a family member who duly launched their own Animal Crossing island on the console under a new account – removing the ability to use our old one transfer island to switch OLED. And before you ask, no, we hadn’t activated the island backup system either (not that we enjoyed the challenge of convincing Nintendo that our old Switch was “lost or broken”).
This means that because of our excessive enthusiasm, we have effectively lost many months of progress, islanders, and memories. Don’t be in the same boat and make sure to transfer your island to your new Switch OLED before giving the old console to someone else!