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Trombone Champ (Switch): all the updates (latest: Ver. 1.28B)

On this page, you will find all there is to know about the various updates for Trombone Champ on Nintendo Switch (originally released in September 2023 in North America, Europe, and Japan)!

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Trombone Champ – Ver. 1.28B

  • Release date: June 4th 2024 (North America, Europe) / June 5th 2024 (Japan)
  • Patch notes:
New Stuff
  • Three new songs: “Toccata and Fugue,” “The Four Seasons (Summer),” and “Trombone Champ Medley.” (Please note that the Medley only unlocks after beating the game’s storyline.)
  • Adjustments that may improve connectivity & stability with Joy-Con™ controllers (read more below).
  • Other optimizations, fixes, and improvements.
Joy-Con Improvements

We’ve made two key improvements that may improve connectivity & stability with Joy-Con™ controllers.

(Before we talk about Joy-Cons™, we should note that the game has always supported Pro Controllers! If you own a Pro Controller, and your goal is actually to get high scores rather than to goof around, the Pro Controller is your best bet! Overall, it seems to have the best gyroscope / tilt accuracy, connectivity, and smoothness.)

  • Firstly, we’ve added some code that adjusts when the IR sensor is activated and deactivated. If you play with a single right Joy-Con™ and have experienced issues where the cursor stutters during gameplay, this tweak *MAY* improve your experience. This change seems to make our experience slightly smoother, although it’s very difficult to measure how much better it is. Each controller seems to be slightly different depending on age, condition, battery levels, etc, so this is very difficult for us to test!
  • Secondly, we’ve added a new option that allows you to specify how the gyroscope handles drift. In the Controls menu, there’s a new “GYROSCOPE DRIFT MODE” option. If you experience lots of drift, try changing this to “tighter” and see if there’s a difference. If that makes it worse, try “looser.” In our experience, “tighter” seems to lead to slightly less drift, but it’s a subtle difference… We’re really curious to see whether or not this setting makes a significant difference for players!

Trombone Champ – Ver. 1.27A

  • Release date: April 16th 2024 (North America, Europe) / April 17th 2024 (Japan)
  • Patch notes:
  • Two new songs: “Korobeiniki” and “Hello! Ma Baby!”
  • New setting in Accessibility menu: “Just the Basics.” This setting is intended for people who want to set up the game in a public setting, an educational setting, etc. It unlocks the basic colors and sounds & hides most storyline content.
  • New “Streamer Mode” setting, which completely hides songs from the game that may be flagged in livestreams.
  • Various fixes to localized text.
  • Other optimizations and improvements.
  • Known issues:
  • a minor bug that prevents scores from uploading correctly on the 2 new tracks (“Hello! Ma Baby” and “Korobeiniki”)

Trombone Champ – Ver. 1.26A

  • Release date: January 25th 2024 (North America, Europe) / January 26th 2024 (Japan)
  • Patch notes:
New Stuff
  • Two new songs: “Habanera (from Carmen)” and “Trombone Skyze (Nasty Mix)!” “Habanera” is a nice medium-difficulty track, while “Trombone Skyze (Nasty Mix)” is much more difficult.
  • If you’re using tilt controls, you can now have set an option to “dance” manually. When this is on, tilting left and right will make your character dance left and right, so the controller is now using both of its tilt axes!
Improvements / Changes
  • The tiny combo counter near your cursor now counts up past ten, so you can always see your current combo. (The large counter that appears near the “Perfecto! / Nasty! / etc” text still maxes out at 10x, to indicate that anything past 10 doesn’t affect scoring)
  • In multiplayer, it should now be much easier to see each player’s cursor and individual score.
  • You can now move the cursor + recalibrate during the countdown that appears when unpausing.
  • The small explosion effect that appears when a note finishes now looks much better.
  • Note lines are now more visible in Free Improvisation mode, which should help you play melodies.
  • Many translations have been updated, improved, or fixed, most noticeably in German and French.
  • If you change control modes during the pause screen in gameplay, it now resaves your settings file when leaving gameplay.
  • Other small bugfixes and optimizations.

Trombone Champ – Ver. 1.25A

  • Release date: December 12th 2023 (North America, Europe) / December 13th 2023 (Japan)
  • Patch notes:
New Content
  • Two new holiday tracks: “O Christmas Tree” and “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen!”
  • There is now an achievements panel that appears on the homescreen after you have unlocked at least one achievement. These are just for fun and intended to mirror the type of achievements that PC and Mac users can unlock with Steam. They do not affect gameplay in any way! However, if you can unlock all of the achievements, send us a screenshot!
  • During gameplay, you can see if you’ve beaten your previous high score. Look for a small “New High Score” icon next to your score.
  • If you play an entire song without missing a single combo, you now see “Perfect” in the score screen and receive more toots!
  • Various optimizations.
  • Various small fixes to localized copy.
  • Fixed tiny issue where the character’s hands would be in weird positions when a song started.
  • Fixes to lyrics in “Hino Nacional Brasileiro.”
  • Cards should now display in the correct font in English.
  • Various other very small adjustments and fixes.

Trombone Champ – Ver. 1.24A

  • Release date: November 17th 2023 (North America, Europe) / November 18th 2023 (Japan)
  • Patch notes:
New Content
  • Korean language support has been added! Please note: if you’ve already launched the game and selected a language in the settings menu, you’ll need to select Korean manually. If you haven’t manually selected a language, the game should default to your Nintendo Switch™ system language.
  • Added two new tracks: the famous classical piece “Night on Bald Mountain” and the famous Korean folk song “Arirang.”
  • New control options: you can now tilt the Joy-Con left-to-right rather than up-and-down if you wish. It’s a really interesting way to control the game! Also, for the joystick option, you can now use the “absolute” position of the stick. It’s still extremely challenging, but with a Pro Controller it may be easier than the standard joystick option…
  • “She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain” level has been adjusted to make it more playable and intuitive.
  • Streamlined some control code – if you have issues with Joy-Con connectivity, please try turning off controller vibration and see if that helps.
  • Adjusted some in-game logic to match recent updates for PC. The scrolling position of the track should be slightly more accurate.
  • Performance optimizations for tracks that display lyrics.
  • Fixed an issue where the game would revert to English if the user had manually selected Simplified Chinese.

Trombone Champ – Ver. 1.23A

  • Release date: October 27th 2023 (North America) / October 28th 2023 (Europe, Japan)
  • Patch notes:
New Content
  • Added two new tracks: the famous American folk song “She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain,” and the famous Chinese folk song “Jasmine Flower (Mo Li Hua).”
  • To go along with Mo Li Hua, we’ve added support for Simplified Chinese & Traditional Chinese! Please note: if you’ve already launched the game and selected a language in the settings menu, you’ll need to switch languages manually. If you haven’t manually selected a language, the game should default to whatever your Nintendo Switch™’s system language.
  • You can now “engoldenate” cards if you have 15 or more copies of them! This was the last real chunk of functionality in the PC version that was missing from the Nintendo Switch™ version. Please note that the engoldenation functionality on Nintendo Switch™ is slightly different from the functionality on PC and Mac… you don’t need to beat the game to engoldenate cards, the values of cards have been tweaked, and a few other things have changed very slightly.
  • More funny facts added to the loading screens. Here’s another funny fact… there have always been 25 songs in the code, but due to a minor bug, the game would loop back to the first fact after #14.
  • Adjusted some in-game logic to match recent updates for PC. Mainly, slides are now slightly more forgiving in terms of point values.
  • Fixed an issue where changing control types during gameplay could lead to some slightly weird behavior of the menu.
  • Scattered tiny fixes to localized language in French, Japanese, and other languages.
  • Fixes for minor issues that could arise with settings when switching between save slots.
  • More tiny fixes and optimizations.

Trombone Champ – Ver. 1.22A

  • Release date: October 11th 2023 (North America, Europe, Japan)
  • Patch notes:
New Content
  • Added two new tracks: “House of the Rising Sun” and “Hino Nacional Brasiliero!”
  • Added support for Brazilian Portuguese! If you’ve manually selected a language in the settings menu, you’ll need to change to Portuguese manually. Otherwise, the game should automatically open in Brazilian Portuguese if that’s what your Nintendo Switch™ is using.
  • If you’ve beaten the game, you should now see the Trombone Workshop, which lets you customize your trombone, in the character select screen.
  • Added the ability to adjust smoothing for every control type. You may find the experience a bit smoother with some smoothing! We’re planning to add even more control options and improvements in future updates.
  • Cards should now display with the correct holographic border.
  • Characters should now appear in Free Improvisation mode.
  • The transition from the closing credits to the homescreen should display as intended.
  • Other very minor tweaks and bugfixes, mostly aimed at preventing janky animations if users mash buttons as quickly as possible.

Trombone Champ – Ver. 1.21A

  • Release date: September 27th 2023 (North America, Europe) / September 28th 2023 (Japan)
  • Patch notes:
  • When attempting to beat the final boss, you should no longer get stuck on a black screen if you fail to meet the conditions required to beat the boss.
  • When playing with more than one player, you should now receive the correct letter grades in the Track Select screen. Previously, the game would use the combined point total, making it far too easy to get S ranks.
  • The first time you first arrive at the Track Select screen and “Warm Up” is your only option, you can no longer press X to sort tracks.
  • Several minor bugs that could appear when switching between save slots should now be fixed.
New Content
  • Added two new tracks: “Down By The Riverside” and “The Barber of Seville.” This means that the Nintendo Switch™ version now has all of the tracks included in the PC and Mac versions.
  • In multiplayer, the indicators for players 2, 3, and 4 have been adjusted so that it’s easier to see the position of all players.
  • The light bloom effect when reaching Champ mode has been replaced with a new, more visible effect. The previous effect was causing framerate drops and wasn’t rendering as expected.
  • The system that controls note timing (specifically, missing gaps between notes) has been updated to match the PC version. It should now be much easier to maintain combos when there are lots of short notes that are close together.
  • The game should now prompt you to connect a controller shortly after launching, instead of at the dark “Trombone Champ” title screen.
  • The score graph on the Points screen should display more accurate information when playing multiplayer.
  • Some timers have been adjusted to prevent animation issues from occurring when the user mashes buttons.
  • Hover states adjusted for the “Long Trombone” and “Rainbow” buttons on the character select screen, making them much easier to navigate with a controller.
  • When a secret NPC asks you for cards, the display of the cards should look more normal if you have 0 of those cards.
  • Now, you cannot view a track’s online leaderboards until you have at least one score for that track.
  • The controller should no longer vibrate when pressing ZR after you’ve finished opening a chest.
  • Some text issues in card language have been fixed.
  • Various other tiny improvements, bugfixes, and optimizations.

How to download updates for Trombone Champ for the Nintendo Switch?

To download the updates for Trombone Champ, 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 on the Home Menu, and press – or + to go to the Options: the version number is displayed just below the game title.


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