Nintendo has swooped in again with another surprise that’s coming straight out of left field: a major new Switch system update. Boosting the firmware up to version 11.0.0, this system update adds a decent helping of new features to the Switch OS. This includes full integration of Switch Online into one app, improvements made to screenshot sharing, cloud saving, and the download system.
- Nintendo Switch Online services have now been combined into one app on the HOME menu. Users can “get the latest information” and “check membership status”. An update for the NES and SNES Online apps was rolled out earlier today, no doubt in relation to this.
- Cloud save data uploaded to Nintendo’s servers will now automatically be downloaded onto systems that have the same Nintendo Account linked. For example, if you have both a Switch flagship and a Switch Lite with the same account, cloud saves will now seamlessly transfer in between the two rather than having to manually download the data on the alternate system.
- Screenshots and gameplay captures can now be wirelessly transferred to smart devices via a QR code. This wireless sharing allows for up to 10 photos and 1 video to be transferred at once. No longer do you need to upload to Twitter or Facebook in order to download the files that way. Additionally, screenshots and gameplay captures can now also be transferred from the Switch to a PC via USB if you have a compatible cable. This now negates the need to remove the microSD card from the Switch to transfer album content. Physical backups of the entire microSD card content are still unavailable, however.
- Similar to other services, you can now prioritize what content you want to be downloaded first when you are in a situation where your Switch is downloading multiple kinds of files.
- You can now preset button mappings with the “Change Button Mapping” feature.
The new system update for the Nintendo Switch is available to download right now.