Nintendo Switch has been met with a largely positive reception, but it’s not without its faults. Perhaps the most glaring issue with Nintendo’s latest console is the fact that it lacks save backups. In other words, if your save data is deleted or if you lose your Switch entirely, there’s no way to recover that Breath of the Wild file you logged 200 hours into. Nintendo hasn’t announced any plans to rectify this, but a hacker has taken to the task in the absence of an official fix.
Bernardo Giordano is a computer engineer with a history of adding features to Nintendo devices. His body of work includes Checkpoint, a save manager on 3DS, and PKSM, which provides a similar function for Pokémon games. His latest project is updating Checkpoint to allow for save backups on Nintendo Switch, and he already has a working prototype.
Giordano announced the progress on Twitter, and even stated that the source code would be released later this year, but he has since deleted the tweet. In a follow-up tweet, he explained that he’s not sure he’ll release this updated version of Checkpoint to the public. Giordano says it’s not “accessible to the mass” due to the fact that it requires you to be running an older version of the firmware, so it likely won’t be released in its current form.
That said, Giordano expects Nintendo to release the feature themselves going forward. It’s certainly possible, and Giordano told Kotaku he was able to do it by himself in just two weeks. Still, he’s advising fans to wait for an official release.