Okay, so I just had a very, very close shave. I'd beaten the main game of an eShop-downloaded Pokemon: Y Version about a week ago, and have since been working on making some competitive online battling teams while filling in the Pokedex as a side-project. I thought I was done for the night, but one of my friends needed something, so I went to open it up.
That's when I saw this before the intro cinematic even played:
"The save game data is corrupted.
Refer to the electronic manual for details."
Natrually I was very concerned. I had no desire to just lose 220+ hours of time and effort, so I opened the manual hoping for a way to recover my corrupted data, maybe by loading a backup of my SD Card data.
The manual plainly told me that loading a backup would not restore my save game data.
This nearly made me quite literally throw my 3DS out the window in rage, but I decided to channel that anger into proving the manual wrong and searched up some fixes. Only two possibilities turned up, found on these forums:
1) Having the SD Card read by an external source (i.e. copying data from it to your computer).
2) Constantly restarting the game and praying it would jostle the game data into suddenly working again.
Now, this time things worked out; the first solution worked for me. and Pokemon Y is working just fine now. But this was still a seriously close call that could happen again at any moment, and I've seen cases on these forums that weren't so easily fixed. So I have to ask this:
Why can't we preserve and backup our save game data of Pokemon X and Y?
I know the obvious answer I'm going to get is some vein of "because of hackers and piracy", but my impression was that these were already taken care of as best as possible, hackers by the "Bad Egg" error thing and piracy by the 3DS-eShop linking. I know there are always a myriad of people trying to break these games over their knees, but to be frank, these people deserve whatever errors or lawsuits they get. The rest of us who instead play the game legally have to deal with errors like this with no way of reversing the damage other than to completely restart, and it is not at all fair, nor does it seem worth the trade-off.
Before anyone asks, the corruption that happened in my game was an entirely random event. I save often, I've never recieved a "Bad Egg", I bought the game right off of the eShop on launch day, and the closest thing I've done to cheating is save scumming when breeding Pokemon and not getting a favorable result in order to save time. This random corruption was a major eye opener to what hundreds of other people must have had happen to them also, and I'm not about to turn a blind eye even if I did fix my data.
The point is: in this day and age where info and data can be stored on nearly anything with nearly any means, hacking and piracy notwithstanding, there needs to be a reliable way for the innocent consumers to backup and recover the save data for a mere video game. Is there any way to make this possible? I'd rather not lose 220+ hours of work again and not be able to get it back this time...
I'm actually in virtually the same situation as you are. Except I haven't been able to recover my corrupted saved data using any of the known (sketchy) methods. I too have the nintendo e-shop version of pokemon Y and I downloaded the version 1.1 patch when it came out. However today when I tried to play the game it said my save data was corrupted. You're absolutely right about the manual just being aggravating and useless in this regard. I really hope we and others like us aren't forced to delete our +200 hour saves just because of bad programming oversights, or silly counter-piracy measures. Albeit the thought of backing-up my save hadn't really occurred to me since this is the first fully digital copy of a game I've ever owned (and the last, it's ridiculous that I even have to deal with something like this just because I used the eshop, never had any problems with save corruption with the previous pokemon games). Even if I do manage to recover my data, the thought that it could spontaneously be corrupted is very disturbing, and the fact that this game was released with such a major gamebreaking save corruption glitch like the Lumiose City one leaves me very suspious the quality of this game's saving potential in general. I never saved in the outer ring of Lumiose City, or recieved any bad eggs/hacked pokemon through GTS or Wonder Trade (the last time I used the GTS was over two weeks ago and it worked just fine then), and yet my file was still corrupted...
When I called the nintendo support number about this, the person wasn't very familiar with any pokemon Y problems at all. My first solutions were whether or not I had downloaded the 1.1 patch or if I had saved in the outer ring of Lumiose City with version 1.0 . The next proposed solutions doing the "repair" (re-download) of both pokemon Y and the version 1.1 patch from the nintendo e-shop. Both of which I had done before I called the support number and neither of which did anything to solve the problem. Now my only choices are to continue trying to look for unknown and unofficial methods of recovering save data (could make problems worse). Delete my save data and start again (deleting my save data is not something I want to do, and this still comes with the risk of having my new file spontaneously corrupt again anyway), or sending my 3DS to Nintendo and then after a 1-2 week period HOPEFULLY, they will be able to fix the problem with my save data (this takes a lot of time, and isn't even garunteed to succeed).
If anyone knows any better solutions or specific steps to recovering pokemon Y save data, please let me know.
Save data backup isn't allowed for this game to prevent cheating, so even if you did try to make a backup it wouldn't work. You can try what the first poster did to see if it helps any, if you haven't already.
There's a very simple reason why Pokemon X and Y saves cannot be backed up.
It's the same reason Animal Crossing New Leaf cannot be backed up.
Both games feature something tradeable. What's to stop someone from backing up their save file, trading away all their Pokemon, and then restoring their save file?
I repost here from another discussion
I’ve had the same problem as you, and that’s a real shame. I was beating the elite four & champion as always, when suddenly the autosave before the credits tell me that was a failure during the save. After the credits it’s supposed to return to the main menu screen…but just appeared the “data corrupted” message (mine in Spanish) and nothing else can be done to return to your game. That’s a pity because after that autosave you can’t save manually in any other moment, because the credits and game reset. Obvious to say, I didn’t turn off my 3DS while this, neither put it on sleep mode. I’ve lost 170 hours of gameplay and very powerful pokémons due that problem, a problem that I’ve nothing to do with it.
I wrote here because I want to keep this tread alive, and maybe other people like me reports the same problem and Gamefreak notice it. Maybe…Maybe I’m going to make a proposal for a new patch at change.org…because I want my pokémons back!
I Have a Pokémon X cartridge. When the problem happened I was connected online.
Can you explain in detail what did you do to recover your save? Simply by copying data from your SD to your PC?
Thank you for reading
Same here! When I try to delete my save it saiys "please insert SD card". That must mean my save is on my SD card! Could you please tell us in detail how you did it?
This is only true if you have the Digital Copy. If you have a Physical copy, then the save data is on the Game Card itself, while Extra Data is stored on the SD Card.
For those having problems, a couple things to try before giving up all hope:
Turn off the 3DS, remove the SD Card, check for dirt on the contacts, maybe even blow gently into the slot, and reinsert it. Try a couple times before moving on.
If you have a Digital Copy, try the Repair Software option in eShop. This will redownload the game, but not touch the save data.
If you have already downloaded the patch, delete it, and redownload it from eShop.
For physical copies, try it in another 3DS system, and see if it works.
I'm sorry to hear about your save data issues. Many of the bugs surrounding X and Y seem to be pretty random, it's hard to tell what is causing them, and why. It's also hard to fix because of how protected the save data is, but that's for good reason too. If worse comes to worse, try contacting Pokemon directly at support.pokemon.com. I wish you guys luck!
What i dont understand is. Nintendo knows pokemon game can get corrupted like this (Luminouse City) and cause people too lose all there hard work. How come no one has thought of making an app in the eShop that just fixes corrupted save files. It doesnt have to includ the file being backed up or transfered to anything. Just make a program that fixes corrupted save files. It would help so much more instead of just having people start over all the time.