Nintendo Switch: Firmware updates (latest update: Ver. 4.0.0)

Nintendo Switch

In this post, you will find everything there is to know about the Firmware updates for the Nintendo Switch, released on March 3rd, 2017 in Europe, North America, and Japan. We will keep updating this post as new updates are released, complete with any additional details.

How to update your Nintendo Switch?

To update your Nintendo Switch, you need to do the following:

  • go to System Settings;
  • select System;
  • select System Update;
  • follow the instructions on screen.

You can check out which Firmware version your console is running by going to System Settings > System. It should display “Current system version: 4.0.0”:

Nintendo Switch – Ver. 4.0.0

  • Release date: October 18th (North America), October 19th (Europe, Japan)
  • Patch notes:

Added the following system functionality

  • Capture video on select games
    • To capture video, 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.
  • Changes not listed in official patch notes:
  • Adds compatibility with USB headsets
  • Additional notes: for more details about the video capture feature (including the list of compatible games), make sure to check out this post!
  • Official website: Nintendo

Nintendo Switch – Ver. 3.0.2

  • Release date: September 5th (North America), September 6th (Europe, Japan)
  • File size: ??? MB
  • Patch notes:
  • 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
  • Additional notes: none.
  • Official website: Nintendo

Nintendo Switch – Ver. 3.0.1

  • Release date: July 31st (North America), August 1st (Europe, Japan)
  • File size: ??? MB
  • Patch notes:

General system stability improvements to enhance the user’s experience

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.
  • Additional notes: if the battery power display isn’t fixed by this update, try following these steps:
  1. Ensure the console has the latest system update. The steps below apply to system menu version 3.0.1 or higher.
  2. Set the Auto-Sleep mode to “Never” for “Playing on Console Screen” and for “Connected to TV.”
  3. Connect the AC adapter directly to the console until the battery is fully charged.
    • If the battery charge indicator does not reach 100%, simply allow the console to charge for approximately three hours.
  4. Once the battery is fully charged, leave the console alone for one hour with the AC adapter still connected to it.
  5. Afterward, disconnect the AC adapter and allow the console to display the HOME Menu for approximately three to four hours.
    • The remaining battery life must be depleted as much as possible.
  6. Once the battery charge is almost depleted, power off the console by holding down the POWER Button for three seconds, then select “Power Options” > “Turn Off.” Leave the console alone for at least 30 minutes.
  7. Repeat steps 2 – 6 several times.
    • The battery charge indicator will improve gradually by repeating this process several times.

Nintendo Switch – Ver. 3.0.0

  • Release date: June 19th (North America), June 20th (Europe, Japan)
  • File size: ??? MB
  • Patch notes:
  • Register a channel to receive News for specific games
    • To register, head to News > Find Channels
  • 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
    • To search, head to Controllers > Find Controllers
  • 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
    • To access Quick Settings, hold down the HOME Button
  • Lower the maximum volume for headphone or speakers connected to the audio jack
    • 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
  • Connect a USB keyboard to the dock to type whenever the keyboard is on the screen
  • 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
    • To update, head to System Settings > Controllers and Sensors > Update Controllers
    • Added a feature that suggests deletion of software data when insufficient space when downloading other software
      * 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
  • Additional notes: the update also adds the following features/imrprovements
  • Parental Control quick access to Sleep menu
  • option to prevent Auto Archiving
  • press Y button on Sleep menu to access Featured news
  • seems to have fixed the Wifi icon (or fixed wifi reception itself, to be confirmed later!)
  • you can now use wired pads (such as the Pokkén Tournament pad)
  • raised max volume when headphone are connected
  • when you put the main unit in the dock after turning it off, the battery icon at the top left corner of the screen now displays the % of battery left

Nintendo Switch – Ver. 2.3.0

  • Release date: May 15th (North America), May 16th (Europe, Japan)
  • File size: ??? MB
  • Patch notes:

General system stability improvements to enhance the user’s experience

  • Additional notes: unfortunately, the update doesn’t seem to add any new features, and most likely consists only of security and “stability” fixes. If you cannot update due to unability to connect to the internet, just reboot the console and try again.

Nintendo Switch – Ver. 2.2.0

  • Release date: April 17th (North America), April 18th (Europe, Japan)
  • File size: ??? MB
  • Patch notes:

General system stability improvements to enhance the user’s experience

  • Additional notes: unfortunately, the update doesn’t seem to add any new features, and most likely consists only of security and “stability” fixes.

Nintendo Switch – Ver. 2.1.0

  • Release date: March 27th (North America), March 28th (Europe, Japan)
  • File size: ??? MB
  • Patch notes:
  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user’s experience
  • Additional notes: unfortunately, the update doesn’t seem to add any new features, and most likely consists only of security and “stability” fixes.

Click here for more Software and Firmware updates!

Nintendo Switch – Ver. 2.0.0

  • Release date: March 2nd (worldwide)
  • File size: ??? MB
  • Patch notes:

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 fall 2017. 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
  • Notes: this update is required to access the following features:
  1. ability to connect to the internet via Wifi hotspots that require authentification;
  2. ability to post screenshots on social media (Twitter and Facebook specifically)
  3. getting news and notifications via the News feature;
  4. the Nintendo eShop;
  5. ability to play online (will become paid this Fall);
  6. ability to link a Nintendo Account to the console (something you need to do to access the Nintendo eShop);
  7. ability to use the Parental Controls app;
  8. ability to redeem retail games on My Nintendo;
  9. ability to turn off the battery % display on the main menu (head to System Settings > System)
  10. ability to turn on the TV automatically when putting the console in its dock (click here for more details)
  11. compatibility with microSDXC cards
  12. ability to format microSD cards from System Settings > System > Formatting Options > Format microSD Card.
  13. and more…

Click here for more updates!

Source: Nintendo Switch


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