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Video capture, save data transfer and more, Nintendo Switch firmware update 4.0.0 now live

Today, Nintendo has released a new update for the Nintendo Switch firmware. Among these additions are the highly requested ability to save videos from your games and the ability to transfer user profiles and save data to another system.

Video Capture

The highlight of the update is the ability to capture footage from select games. When you hold down the capture button on the left Joycon button, the Switch will save the last 30 seconds of game play without going to another menu. Afterwards, these clips can be trimmed and posted online. At the moment, there are only a few games compatible with this feature:

  • The Legend of Zelda; Breath of the Wild
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • ARMS
  • Splatoon 2

The software must also be upgraded to the latest version.

Transfer user and save data to another system

Finally, a player will be able to transfer their user and save data over from one Switch to another. When a user is moved, the save data and Nintendo eShop purchases will be moved as well. To move the data, a Nintendo Account must be created and both systems need to be near each other.

New user icons

There have been 12 new Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild icons added to the system.

Pre-purchase option on Nintendo eShop

Games can now be pre-purchased on the eShop, allowing users to pre-load future games before they are released. This, of course, will prevent the eShop from getting too much traffic at midnight when the next game is released.

News channel updates

News feed now has a new looks and unfollowing a channel will remove the channel’s content from the feed.

Match software version with a group of local users

In an interesting way to update software locally, users can now create a group to update multiple Switch systems at once. Groups can be created by highlighting the software, hitting + or -, hitting “Software Update > “Match Version with Local Users” > “Next” and then creating a group. Once every person is in the group and ready, the group creator selects “Star Communication” and each software will be updated to the highest group member’s version.

The Nintendo Switch 4.0.0 update is available now.

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