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Runner3 (Switch): Software updates

In this post, you will find all there is to know about the Software updates for Runner3 on Nintendo Switch (originally released on May 22nd 2018 in Europe and North America).

How to download updates for Runner3 for the Nintendo Switch?

To download the updates for Runner3, you have three options:

  • let the console do its thing if you have automatic downloads activated, and didn’t completely turn it off

If not…

  • try to launch the game from the Home Menu while being connected to the internet. You should get a prompt when doing so: simply follow the instructions on screen;


  • select the game > press either + or – to go to the Options page > select Software update > select Via the Internet.

To check that you have the latest version installed, simply select the game’s icon in the Home Menu and press – or + to get to the options screen. The version number is displayed below the title.

Click here for more Software updates!

Runner3 – Ver. ???

  • Release date: November 13th 2018 (Europe, North America)
  • Patch notes:

Extensive Difficulty Options and new Difficulty Defaults!

You can now tailor your Runner3 experience to match your preferred difficulty in very direct ways, specifically…

  • Enemy Density
    • Adjusting this setting removes (or even adds) enemies/obstacles
    • “More” is the default, and is the original game’s setting
  • More Checkpoints
    • This setting adds more than the traditional single checkpoint
    • “On” is the new default
  • Stair Assist
    • This setting adds flippers that help pop your character up tricky stair sequences
    • “Off” is the default
  • Bonk Counter
    • This setting enables/disables the Bonk Counter both in-game, and on the level end screen
    • “Off” is the new default
  • Gold Bars
    • This setting allows you to turn off all gold bars, if you find them distracting
    • “On” is the default
  • Gems
    • This setting allows you to turn off all gems, if you find them distracting
    • “On” is the default

The Self-Bonk!

A few of our hardcore fans requested the ability to bonk oneself, which can come in handy when going for a perfect, if you miss a gold or gem.

Just press in on both analog sticks and hold them down for 4 beats. Then whammo!

Scoring Changes!

In reviewing our leaderboards and competing with our fans, we realized two very lame bugs were gimping everyone’s scores! So we fixed those, and also made some tweaks based on peoples’ Difficulty Settings…

  • We adjusted the base score multiplier depending on the settings used in the new Difficulty Options. Basically, a harder configuration gives more points, and easier configurations give fewer
  • Fixed a bug where skipping the main checkpoint didn’t actually award bonus points like it’s supposed to
  • Fixed a bug in the point value of gold bars and gems, which made them worth way less than they should have been

Other Goodies!

We’ve also fixed a bunch of bugs, etc. The most noteworthy of them are as follows..

  • Added input buffering to mitigate input lag when playing with various wireless controllers on various platforms
  • Made all character moves available from the start of the game–no more having to unlock them in order!
  • Made the jump and avoid enemies/obstacles more forgiving
  • Added more on-screen communication regarding the Impossible Levels, the Retro Levels, and the overall difficulty of the game
  • Added a “break” sound effect to kickwalls in addition to their musical tone
  • Fixed a few out-of-world bugs


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