Is there a way to get a second save file in the game Pokemon Y? I got the game for Christmas and want to share the game with my brother, but I can't without deleting my save file because there is only one save file available.

I've heard some things about having a second SD card to do it, would it be possible with multiple SD Cards? If so, any tips on how to get a second one? How do I install it?

  • Doesn't X/Y keep the save data on the cartridge itself, or am I mistaken? Commented Dec 26, 2013 at 2:33
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    Well after some Google'ing what I gather is the e-shop version saves to the SD card, and the cartridge version saves to the cartridge. More information, but this may not be correct. Commented Dec 26, 2013 at 2:36
  • i have pokemon y on sdcard i assume that it have some sort of save file integrated on that file, and each game have some sort of cd-key which makes duplicating it impossible Commented Dec 26, 2013 at 2:44
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    @KernelPanic: All of the answers on that page seem to contradict eachother, so I honestly don't know.
    – Some dud
    Commented Dec 26, 2013 at 2:56
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    My guess is, the only way to have multiple saves is by owning the e-shop version, downloading it to 2 different SD cards, and simply swap the SD cards to switch the savegame.
    – Nolonar
    Commented Dec 26, 2013 at 11:24

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6 Saving and Erasing Data

You can only keep one saved-game file.

6 Saving and Erasing Data (Notes regarding the downloadable version)

You can copy or move your data to a different SD Card, but you cannot use such data as a backup of your save.

Source: The electronic instruction manual accessible before or during play. You can access it by pressing the Home button, and while you have Pokémon X/Y highlighted choose Manual instead of Open/Resume.

While I have not tried personally, I assume there is some way the game prevents multiple save files.

There may be illegitimate ways to gain a second save file, but these could damage your game and/or save. The easiest way is purchasing a second copy. I recommend getting X so you and your brother can help complete each other's Pokédexes.


Actually, both games (download+cartridge) save to the sd card. In other words, hell yeah you can have two save games!!! You just need a second sd card. Nice and convenient! ;)

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    Sadly, that's not true. Pokemon X/Y (and Animal Crossing) stores the save file directly on the cartridge and not on the SD card.
    – 5pike
    Commented May 20, 2014 at 6:29

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