Today Nintendo released Firmware 4.0.0 for the Nintendo Switch.
This major firmware update, according to the official changelog, brings the following features in particular:
Video capture for select games
New profile icons featuring characters from the Super Mario Odyssey™ game and The Legend of Zelda™: Breath of the Wild game
Transfer user profiles and save data to another system
Pre-purchase option is available for certain games on Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch
But those are not the only enhancements from Switch firmware 4.0.0. The update also brings additional user avatars from Mario Odyssey and Zelda BotW, as well as the possibility to transfer a user and their savedata to another system.
This firmware also ships with “stability updates”, which, as always, are not disclosed, except for an improvement on the wifi selection menu. It’s unclear in particular if some specific vulnerabilities have been patched with this update. The last publicly exploitable switch firmware (in usermode) is still 3.0.0 as of now.
As always, if you’re waiting for hacks and homebrews on your Nintendo Switch console, the best to do for now is to stay on a lower firmware. Hackers have recently recommended to upgrade to firmware 3.0.0, but to not go past that.
As with all modern consoles, the easiest way to achieve the best of both worlds (hacking and gaming) is to have two consoles, one for homebrew (that you’ll keep at a low firmware) and one for gaming. At the time of this writing, Amazon have the Switch in stock.
The full changelog below:
Improvements Included in Version 4.0.0 (Distributed 10/18/2017)
Added the following system functionality
Capture video on select games
To capture video, hold down the Capture Button during gameplay
Up to a 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.