We here at Nintendo Enthusiast do not endorse hacking, but this latest development in the world of Switch Hacking is actually rather useful.
Hackers have been able to unlock a save-data backup and restoration functionality on the Switch. This is a feature that owners of the system have been asking Nintendo for since the system launched. It’s definitely a very important thing to have, especially since the Switch having portable functionality puts it at risk of being lost, damaged or stolen.
Twitter account Bernardo Giordano posted this picture showing the operation being carried out:
Seems that we successfully performed save backup and restore operations directly on #NintendoSwitch through Checkpoint! Source code will be available sometime this year (with some goodies coming for the Nintendo 3DS version) on https://t.co/w8lr6hi4DH pic.twitter.com/7vZsCVNwUc
— BernardoGiordano (@bernardogior) April 7, 2018
Admittedly, this does show that not all hacking is bad. Really, the main thing that makes console hacking such a touchy subject is that it usually ends up resulting in software piracy, which is bad no matter which way you slice or dice it. In any case, this is a truly useful feature that hackers have unlocked. Hopefully, Nintendo will be pressured even further to officially add this functionality.