— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) October 19, 2017
The ability to transfer data is bittersweet, however, since it doesn’t appear to support backups. As described in Nintendo’s FAQ, you’ll need both systems to transfer data from one to another, and the only option available moves all profile data including saves and eShop purchases from one system to the next. As a result, it’s useful if you’ve been playing on someone else’s system, then buy your own and want to move your data over, but it’s still not useful if the original system is broken, stolen or lost.
Other new features include profile icons with characters from Super Mario Odyssey (just ahead of its release on October 27th) and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, as well as the option to pre-order and pre-download games in Nintendo’s eShop on the Switch (again, just in time for Super Mario Odyssey). The News Feed has a new look, and if you’re in a group of local users it can easily update everyone’s system software to the latest version. Switch owners who have installed the patch also note there’s also a Joy-con update available (check the Controllers section under settings), although it’s unclear what that changes.