Firmware 4.0.0 hits Switch, adds video capture, transferable save data and more

by Daniel VuckovicOctober 19, 2017

Nintendo has dropped a huge firmware update for the Nintendo Switch today bringing the system to version 4.0.

This update is the first feature update to the Switch since May and adds a whole bunch of things Nintendo have mentioned in the past and some new surprises.

Update: We’ve thrown together a video walkthrough of the new features. You can watch it here:

Here’s the full changelog, we’ll go through the update soon.


  • Capture video on select games
    • To capture video, hold down the Capture Button during gameplay
    • Up to maximum of the previous 30 seconds will be saved in the Album. You can trim the beginning and end of each clip, and post to Facebook and Twitter.
    • As of October 18th, 2017, this feature is compatible with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, and Splatoon 2
  • Select from 12 new Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild icons for your user
    • To edit your user icon, head to your My Page on the top left of the Home Menu > Profile
  • Transfer user and save data to another system
    • To transfer, head to System Settings > Users > Transfer Your User and Save Data
  • Pre-purchase option on Nintendo eShop
    • A pre-purchase option will be available for certain games. This option allows pre-load of the game to your system for quicker play when the game is released.
    • This feature will be supported by future game releases
  • News channel updates
    • The news feed has been updated with a new look.
    • Unfollowing a channel will remove that channel’s content from the news feed and following the channel again will make it reappear.
  • Match software version with a group of local users
    • To create a group, head to the software’s Options > Software Update > Match Version with Local Users
    • Everyone’s software will be updated to match the most recent version in the group
    • All users must be on system menu version 4.0.0 or later to view and join a group

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

  • Changed the specification which hid wireless networks using TKIP security from the network search results. Wireless networks using TKIP security will now display in search results as a grayed-out selection instead of not being displayed
    • The Nintendo Switch console supports WEP, WPA-PSK(AES), and WPA2-PSK(AES). If your router is using a different security type (e.g. WPA-PSK(TKIP)), you will need to change this security type within your router’s settings.
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  • Gerhard Plesch
    October 19, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Glad to see some of these features come, but still wish the video feature was system wide and had a longer record time. Also hope cloud save will be in the future, as while this is good for when you need to transfer data to another switch for whatever reason, this still sucks if you switch breaks.

  • RD84
    October 19, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Nintendo letting people record video of their games and upload them online?

  • MudNoodle
    October 19, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Glad we finally can record video. Shame that upload is limited to facebook and twitter. Where’s the option to upload to vooks?

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