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The latest Nintendo Switch update adds cool new features

The latest Nintendo Switch firmware update adds some surprisingly neat features.

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The new Nintendo Switch firmware update adds some surprisingly neat features.

While you were sleeping, something magical happened to your Nintendo Switch. Something strange, beautiful, and actually useful. It (probably) auto-updated to System Update Ver. 11.0.0.

If for some reason your Switch didn’t automatically update – it needs to be connected to the internet and in sleep mode – it’s quick and easy to perform manually. Just navigate to the System Settings Menu, then tap System, and then System Update.

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The latest Nintendo Switch firmware update offers several small but welcome improvements. Most visible is a new Nintendo Switch Online icon on the Home Screen. It takes you to a new hub that outlines your membership details, the NES and SNES games you can play, and a visual overview of your cloud saves. It’s nothing you couldn’t access before, but it’s cool to have everything in one place.

The update also makes it much easier to transfer videos and images to smart devices – using a QR code system – and computers, via USB.

Also useful is the automatic cross-console data transfer of cloud saves. It’s welcome news for players with more than one Nintendo Switch console, although you do need a Nintendo Switch Online membership to use the feature.

Here is the full rundown on every update, slightly trimmed for clarity.


Nintendo Switch System Update – Ver. 11.0.0

Nintendo Switch Online was added to the HOME Menu.

  • Access all Nintendo Switch Online services, from getting the latest information to checking your membership status.

A new feature that automatically downloads backed up save data was added to the Save Data Cloud.

  • When using software with the same Nintendo Account linked to multiple systems, save data backed up from one console will automatically be downloaded to your other system(s).
    • To use this feature, it must be enabled under System Settings > Data Management > Save Data Cloud.
    • Save data will not be downloaded automatically unless save data for that software exists on the console. The first time only, users must download the save data manually.
    • A Nintendo Switch Online membership is required to use the Save Data Cloud service.

A new Trending feature was added to the User Page.

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  • Users can check what software their friends are playing or have started playing recently. Information will not be displayed for friends who have their online status set to display to no one.

Users can now transfer screenshots and videos from Album to their smart devices.

  • Users can wirelessly connect their smart devices to Nintendo Switch to transfer the screenshots and videos saved within their Album.
    For screenshots, users can transfer a maximum of 10 screenshots and 1 video capture at once.
  • To connect, users must use their smart device to scan the QR Code displayed on the Nintendo Switch screen.

A new Copy to a Computer via USB Connection feature was added under System Settings > Data Management > Manage Screenshots and Videos.

  • Users can use a USB cable to connect Nintendo Switch to their computers to copy the screenshots and videos saved under Album.
    * A USB charging cable [model HAC-010] or a USB-IF certified USB cable that supports data transfer is required to connect to a computer.

Users can now select what download to prioritize when there are multiple downloads in progress.

  • When there are multiple software, update data, or downloadable content downloads in progress, users can now select which they want to download first.
  • You can set this under Download Options by selecting the icon for the software you want to download first on the HOME Menu.

User icons were added.

  • 12 user icons that commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Super Mario Bros. series were added.

Users can now name preset button mappings with the Change Button Mapping feature.

Brazilian Portuguese was added as a supported language.

  • When users set their region to the Americas and their language to Português, the language used on the HOME Menu and in certain software will be displayed in Brazilian Portuguese.

Source: Nintendo


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