Nintendo Switch firmware 4.0.0 released

October 19, 2017

Nintendo has just released firmware version 4.0.0 for the Nintendo Switch, and much to the excitement of fans it brings with it more than just stability enhancements.

The update brings functionality to capture video footage of certain games by pressing and holding the capture button. Up to a maximum of the previous 30 seconds will be saved to your Album, and you will have the ability to trim the start and end of the clip. And yes, you can upload the footage to YouTube and Twitter.  Currently only Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8, ARMS and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild support this feature, but it isn’t too much of a stretch to assume more titles will be added in the future.

Pre-purchase and pre-download options have also been added to the Nintendo eShop. Nintendo have mentioned this will be active for future game releases and allow gamers to get playing the latest games more quickly.

Super Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild character profile pictures are now available for player icons.

Having trouble playing local multplayer with friends who haven’t updated their game to the latest version? No problem! There’s a new “Match Version with Local Users” feature that will update each group member’s game to the most up to date version available within the group. Certainly easier than everyone connecting to a wifi spot and waiting for their games to update on a slow internet speed!

Perhaps the most exciting new feature is the ability to transfer save data and user profiles between Switch consoles. This was a highly requested feature since the Switch’s launch, so it’s great to see Nintendo are listening to fans.

And naturally; there are stability improvements in this firmware update as well.

The firmware should be downloaded automatically if your Switch console is set to receive automatic updates when connected to the internet. Failing that, you can navigate to the settings menu and manually download the update from there.