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How to Create a Suspend Point

Instructions on how to save your game progress in Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online by creating a Suspend Point.

Additional Information:

An active Nintendo Switch Online membership is required to use this service.


If two players are playing Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online games, player one will be the one navigating the menu and making the desired selections.

Complete These Steps:

  1. While in a game in the NES - Nintendo Switch Online library, press the ZL and ZR Buttons* to open the Suspend Menu, then select "Create Suspend Point".
  2. Select an available save slot in which to store your game progress.
    • Once saved, the selected slot will display a timestamp of when the Suspend Point was created.
    • If all four save slots have been used, you can save your new game progress over an existing Suspend Point. Keep in mind that once save data has been overwritten, it cannot be recovered.

*The button layout may vary if the Joy-Con controllers are being held horizontally as individual controllers in tabletop mode or TV mode.