Nintendo's Bowser Says Switch Users Will "Have The Ability To Transfer Between Devices"

Nintendo's Bowser Says Switch Users Will "Have The Ability To Transfer Between Devices"

Switch Lite adopters will be able to move their "gameplay experiences."

This morning, Nintendo announced the Switch Lite, a more portable Switch console that ditches docking and detachable Joy-Cons for a solid body and lighter weight. It's appealing enough that Switch owners might want to consider one, but how games would transfer over is ambiguous; a situation Nintendo is working on clearing up.

Speaking to CNET, Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser says plans are in motion for multi-device solutions.

"Yes, you will have the ability to transfer between devices, your gameplay experiences," Bowser told CNET. "More to come on there, but that is the intention."

While Nintendo Switch Online already offers cloud backups for games, the multi-device transfer of games is a little more tricky. Nintendo does have a primary and non-primary set-up, akin to Sony's home console option. You can set one console as your primary console for a Switch account and access anything downloadable, while another can still access a Nintendo account's games but must maintain an internet connection to do so. Also, you can't play the same downloadable title at the same time on two different consoles, which is a bummer for families who want to play Mario Kart on a few different screens.

A potential additional Nintendo Switch in the house is a strong pitch for families or roommates who are already splitting time between one Switch console, but it seems like Nintendo might still have some wrinkles it wants to sort out before the launch of the Lite. Easing up the sharing process for multiple Switch consoles would likely make the Lite a more appealing purchase for a mom or dad who wants to play their own game while the kids use the TV Switch, or for a road-tripping family.

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