Switch Firmware Update 6.0 Released

September 19, 2018

Nintendo have overnight released a firmware update for the Switch to coincide with the release of their online service today. Switch firmware version 6.0 was released today with a number of online-focused features including cloud-based saved game backup. This allows Nintendo Online subscribers to automatically have their saved games backed-up online for some compatible titles. The ability to play your game library on a secondary Switch device is also included with this update, players will need to log into their Nintendo Online account and will need to remain online on their non-primary Switch in order to play their library. More details on how this feature works be found on Nintendo’s website.

There are also a number of additional updates and fixes for the Switch including extra options for external USB keyboards, additional screenshot sharing options and parental controls for Nintendo Switch news. The full change-log of the 6.0 update can be found below and, and is available today for all Nintendo Switch owners:

Improvements Included in Version 6.0.0 (Distributed 9/18/2018)

Nintendo Switch Online* features and functionality have been added, including:

  • Save Data Cloud Backup
    • User your internet connection to back up game save data for compatible games
    • Some games are not compatible with Save Data Cloud
    • To back up save data or download a previous backup, head to System Settings > Data Management > Save Data Cloud Backup

    *Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online play. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Save Data Cloud backup available in compatible games. Terms apply. To learn more, click here.

Added the following system functionality

  • Upload up to four Album screenshots at once on supported social network services
    • Only one captured video can be uploaded at once
  • Select from six new Captain Toad icons for your user
    • To edit your user icon, head to your My Page on the top left of the Home Menu > Profile
  • Play your digital software and content on non-primary consoles by linking your Nintendo Account
    • The term “active console” has been renamed “primary console” in Nintendo eShops
    • Playing software in multiple consoles has certain restrictions
  • Display of Nintendo Switch News articles will be limited to match the restricted software parental controls setting selections
    • Please note that the restriction will only apply to News articles distributed after the release of version 6.0.0.
  • Change the layout of the USB keyboard to the desired language
    • To change the language, head to the System Settings > System > USB Keyboard

Removed the following system functionality

  • After installing the system update, it will no longer be possible to unlink your Nintendo Account from your Nintendo Switch user

General system stability improvements to enhance the user’s experience, including:

  • Compatibility improvements have been made for a controller licensed by Nintendo