Nintendo Switch SDK Leak Suggests Planned Guest Login, Save Data Transfer Features

Prior to some indie developers even getting their hands on the Nintendo Switch software development kit, a new leak (via NeoGAF) of the software has given us hints as to what Nintendo is planning in new updates to the hybrid console.

The new leak suggests that Guest Account log ins are coming, alongside the ability to finally transfer save data between multiple consoles.

Here are the blurbs found in the SDK, via Nintendo:

In the future, we plan to provide a feature to transfer account save data among multiple consoles. As a result, there is the possibility that user accounts with uninitialized account save data will be added. Note that your design must work without issue, even in this case.

We are considering a feature in the future (tentative name: Guest Login) to access existing network service account information without linking to a user account. This feature would allow temporary access to the network service account linked to the Nintendo Account by logging in to the Nintendo Account within the application. This feature would, for example, make it possible to upload a character you have raised as online data and then use that data on a friend’s NX (without creating a user account).

As with any type of leak, we’re going to wait until an official announcement comes via Nintendo. For now – sound off in the comments below with what kind of features you’d like to see Nintendo add to the Switch operating system!

Brandon Orselli


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