Nintendo has confirmed that owners of the original Nintendo Switch will be able to transfer their files to the Nintendo Switch Lite when it launches later this year. After many rumors, Nintendo announced its smaller console today, with the new model being lighter and much cheaper than the first Switch console design.
Now that the Nintendo Switch Lite has been officially announced, many Switch fans will be making plans to use the smaller console as a second Switch for other family members or as the Switch that they take with them on the go. Being able to transfer games and save files between the consoles would be necessary for that and when asked about it by CNET, Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser said that "Yes, you will have the ability to transfer between devices, your gameplay experiences."
Bowser didn't provide any details about how players would be able to transfer save files between the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo Switch Lite. Some have feared that like the company's cloud save system, which is only available to Switch Online subscribers and doesn't work with all games, the save file transfers will be convoluted. The Nintendo of America boss says that there will be more information to come on how the file transfers will work so expect the company to share more before the Nintendo Switch Lite launches in September.
The affordability of the Nintendo Switch Lite and the ability to transfer save files could make the console a hot ticket item this fall. It could be a solid choice for parents who want to allow their child to play on the standard Switch but don't feel comfortable allowing them to take such an expensive device outside of the home. With all of the stories about Nintendo Switch consoles being stolen, the Nintendo Switch Lite could also be less attractive to thieves, or deal less of a financial blow if anything happens to it.
Several months out from the Nintendo Switch Lite launch date, it's not possible to say how successful the console could be. However, Nintendo's stock jumped after the announcement of the console, which shows that investors feel confident about how well it could do. The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console of 2018 and, if investors are right, the new model could see Nintendo get the title again.
Nintendo Switch Lite launches on September 20.