However, at launch players will not be able to upload their files via the cloud.
It was revealed this week that only one Animal Crossing island can exist per Nintendo Switch console, regardless of how many copies of New Horizon are purchased. Each island supports up to eight players.
In addition, New Horizon players will not be able to transfer save data between consoles or Nintendo accounts.
The policy is similar to how previous instalments of the series worked, with Nintendo concerned that online saves could potentially be used to ‘cheat’ the game.
However, according to the Nintendo Japan website, the platform holder is now considering adding the ability for Animal Crossing: New Horizons players to back up save data in the future.
The full statement (translated by VGC) reads:
“Additionally, while this game does not support the cloud save feature on Nintendo Switch Online, we are considering allowing this software to use the ‘save data’ back-up feature for those who are Nintendo Switch Online members as a unique feature in case the software breaks, is lost, or stolen.
“The time period for this hasn’t been decided but as soon as we know more, we’ll make an announcement.”
New Horizons will release on March 20. Nintendo recently announced a special Animal Crossing themed Nintendo Switch for release in North America, Europe and Japan.
The console features unique Joy-Con controllers, a custom design on the back, and a special Nintendo Switch dock. It will release for $299.99 / £319.99.
An Animal Crossing: New Horizons Aloha Edition Carrying Case & Screen Protector will also be available for purchase on March 13.