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Nintendo Switch System Updates and Change History

Posted by Cleophus Hethington Sr on

Latest version: 5.0.0 (Distributed 03/12/2018)

Performing the System Update:

In most situations, the Nintendo Switch will automatically download the most recent system update while it is connected online. You can verify your current menu version and manually start the update from the System Settings menu if necessary.

Important:

If you are unable to perform the system update, restart your console and try again.

Improvements Included in Version 5.0.0 (Distributed 03/12/2018)

Added the following system functionality

  • Facebook and Twitter friends that also use Nintendo Switch can now be added through Friend Suggestions
    • Friend suggestions are based on the Facebook and Twitter accounts you have linked to your Nintendo Account
    • To view your friend suggestions, from the top left of the HOME Menu head to your User Page > Friend Suggestions
    • You must be 13 or older to use this feature
  • Select from 24 new ARMS and the Kirby series icons for your user
    • To edit your user icon, head to your My Page on the top left of the Home Menu > Profile
  • Digital software purchases made from a PC or smart device will start downloading sooner than previously, even if the Nintendo Switch console is in Sleep Mode
  • Filter News to view only unread news or news from specific channels
  • To keep the Parental Controls PIN private, the default method for PIN entry has been changed to entering using the Control Stick and buttons instead of the on-screen number pad
    • When prompted to enter you Parental Controls PIN, press and hold the + Button to change between input methods
  • Captured videos in the Album will be restricted by Parental Controls depending on the Restricted Software setting and Software Rating Organization
  • Using the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app, add specific software titles to your whitelist to exclude them from the console’s Parental Controls Restricted Software setting
    • Play-Time Limit restrictions will still apply even when the software title has been whitelisted.
  • Receive notification when pre-purchased software is ready to play
  • Nintendo Switch Pro Controller grip colors will now display in the Controllers menu

General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience, including:

  • Resolved an issue that caused Play Activity to display incorrectly in the Profile section of your User Page
hold down the Capture Button during gameplay
  • Up to a maximum of the previous 30 seconds will be saved in the Album. You can trim the beginning and end of each clip, and post to Facebook and Twitter.
  • As of October 18th, 2017, this feature is compatible with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, and Splatoon 2
  • Select from 12 new Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild icons for your user
    • To edit your user icon, head to your My Page on the top left of the Home Menu > Profile
  • Transfer user and save data to another system
  • Pre-purchase option on Nintendo eShop
    • A pre-purchase option will be available for certain games. This option allows pre-load of the game to your system for quicker play when the game is released.
    • This feature will be supported by future game releases
  • News channel updates
    • The news feed has been updated with a new look.
    • Unfollowing a channel will remove that channel's content from the news feed and following the channel again will make it reappear.
  • Match software version with a group of local users
    • To create a group, head to the software's Options > Software Update > Match Version with Local Users
    • Everyone's software will be updated to match the most recent version in the group
    • All users must be on system menu version 4.0.0 or later to view and join a group
  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience, including:

    • Changed the specification which hid wireless networks using TKIP security from the network search results. Wireless networks using TKIP security will now display in search results as a grayed-out selection instead of not being displayed
      • The Nintendo Switch console supports WEP, WPA-PSK(AES), and WPA2-PSK(AES). If your router is using a different security type (e.g. WPA-PSK(TKIP)), you will need to change this security type within your router's settings.

    Improvements Included in Version 3.0.2 (Distributed 9/5/2017)

    • Nintendo Switch Online
      • Added online play in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Peru. This is currently available for free until the paid online service launches in 2018.
    • General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience

    Improvements Included in Version 3.0.1 (Distributed 7/31/2017)

    General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience, including:

    • Addressed an issue in which the remaining battery charge can't be displayed accurately
      • If the system's battery power display suddenly increases or decreases, it will gradually improve by following these steps.

    Improvements Included in Version 3.0.0 (Distributed 6/19/2017)

    Added the following system functionality

    • Register a channel to receive News for specific games
    • Add friends from your Nintendo 3DS and Wii U Friend Lists
      • To add friends, head to your My Page on the top left of the Home Menu > Friend Suggestions
    • Receive notifications when your Friends go online
      • To turn this ON/OFF, head to System Settings > Notifications > Friend Notifications
    • Find paired controllers within communication range by activating the vibration feature
    • Change the user icon order on the Home Menu
      • To change order, head to System Settings > Users > Change Order
    • Select from 6 new Splatoon 2 characters for user icon
      • To edit your user icon, head to your My Page on the top left of the Home Menu > Profile
    • Change the system volume from the Quick Settings
    • The maximum volume when using headphones or speakers connected to the audio jack has been raised and can be lowered if desired.
      • To lower the max headphone volume, head to System Settings > System > Lower Max Headphone Volume
        * This settings will be ON when Parental Controls are enabled
    • Change display colors to Invert Colors or Grayscale
      • To use this feature, head to System Settings > System > Change Display Colors
    • Use the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller via wired communication by connecting the USB charging cable
      • To enable, head to System Settings > Controllers and Sensors > Pro Controller Wired Communication
        * The NFC touchpoint on the Pro Controller will be disabled while the controller is using wired communication.
    • Update connected controllers
    • Added a feature that suggests deletion of software data if there is insufficient space when downloading other software
      • To use this feature, head to System Settings > Data Management > Quick Archive
        * User save data is not deleted

    General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience, including:

    • Resolved an issue that caused game software updates to fail and prevented the software from starting
    • Improvements to prevent unintended HDMI input change with certain TVs while the console is docked in Sleep Mode

    Improvements Included in Version 2.3.0 (Distributed 5/15/2017)

    • General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience

    Improvements Included in Version 2.2.0 (Distributed 4/17/2017)

    • General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience

    Improvements Included in Version 2.1.0 (Distributed 3/27/2017)

    • General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience

    Improvements Included in Version 2.0.0 (Distributed 3/3/2017)

    The following network features are now available
    * Nintendo Account required. Some features may not be available in all countries/regions.

    • Playing online
      • Online multiplayer available for free until the paid online service launches in 2018. Not available in all countries.
    • Adding friends
      • Friends can be added from My Page, head to the HOME Menu and select your icon on the upper left.
    • Sharing Album screenshots to Facebook and Twitter
    • Browsing and purchasing content on Nintendo eShop
    • Receiving News relating to games, Nintendo eShop discounts, and promotions
    • Earning My Nintendo points for game card (retail version)

    Added the following system functionality

    • Update game software
    • Turn on the TV automatically when placing the Nintendo Switch console in the Nintendo Switch dock.
      • HDMI settings must also be enabled on your TV. Some TV models may be unable to use this feature. To turn on this feature for the Nintendo Switch console, head to System Settings > TV Settings > Match TV Power State
    • Display the battery percentage on the HOME Menu
      • To turn this ON/OFF, head to System Settings > System > Console Battery (%)
    • Format the microSD card
      • To format, head to System Settings > System > Initialize > Format microSD Card