Here’s What You Need To Know About The New Nintendo Switch Update – Forbes
Nintendo has just released an important update (4.0.0.) to its latest console, the Nintendo Switch.
It’s not the biggest update ever, but it has some crucial changes. Here’s the functionality changes coming to your Switch:
- Video capture for select games
- New profile icons featuring characters from the Super Mario Odyssey™ game and The Legend of Zelda™: Breath of the Wild game
- Transfer user profiles and save data to another system
- Pre-purchase option is available for certain games on Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switchs
While video capture is great, it’s the transferring of user profiles and save data that makes this update so vital.
Before now, once you started a game on one system you were stuck with it. If you had another Switch, or your old Switch was lost or broken, your save data was gone with it. And while there’s still no cloud saving, at least being able to transfer save data helps.
It doesn’t help as much as a cloud save feature, of course, but it’s something. Hopefully Nintendo adds that next.
Update: This actually appears to be a permanent transfer of save data. Nintendo explains: “Once the process is complete, the user information, the associated save data, and the software purchased with the user account that is transferred will no longer be available on the source console.”
So this is not really an option to back up or even to have two consoles running the same save files. It’s just a transfer. Read about how to go about transferring data here.
The video capture feature is compatible with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, and Splatoon 2 as of now. You can record up to 30 seconds of previous gameplay by holding down the capture button. You can then trim the video (though it’s only 30 seconds!) and upload and share to Facebook or Twitter.
All told, it’s not a huge update but it has some pretty huge implications. Of course, these are features that probably should have been available at launch, but better late than never.
The update is just in time for the release of Super Mario Odyssey on the 27th of this month, one of the most hotly anticipated games of the holiday season.