PSA: Please don’t forget to move your animal crossing: New Horizons Island in your OLED switch

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The OLED Switch will launch tomorrow, and there’s no doubt that many of you are looking forward to your console coming to your doorstep. The thrill of new gaming hardware is certainly one of life’s little joys, but don’t let your excitement overwhelm you, as it did us.

As you can see from our recent review, we had the OLED Switch for a week now, and when it came from Nintendo, we couldn’t wait to literally transfer all our data from our old console. We followed the transfer guide in the letter and sorted everything out in a hurry – save one very important thing: ours. Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Island.

Although Nintendo supports data transfer from console to console, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is different. You can only store one island in a single system, so island data is generally treated a little differently than stored data. It can’t even be saved through Nintendo Switch’s online cloud backup service. Instead, you need to use a special transfer tool to move the island from one console to another – and guess what we forgot to do?

Yes, like the complete idiots, we transferred the system and then handed over our old launch model switch to a family member who started his own Animal Crossing Island on the console under a new account – thus our old Abolished the ability to transmit the OLED switch to the island. And before you ask, no, we didn’t enable the island’s backup system, either (not that we’d enjoy the challenge of convincing Nintendo, of course our old switch ‘lost or broken’) had gone).

This means that we have effectively lost many months of development, islanders and memories due to our over-enthusiasm. Don’t sit in the same boat, and make sure to move your island to your new OLED switch before giving the old console to someone else!

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