Nintendo Switch Firmware Update 6.0 Released; Adds Switch Online Features Alongside Controller Update and Stability Improvements


Nintendo has finally released Nintendo Switch firmware update 6.0, which adds online features and functionality for Nintendo Switch Online alongside new system functionalities and stability improvements.

The firmware update weighs in at around 300MB and in addition to the above, also updates the Switch’s controllers. While most software updates came without noticeable release notes, Nintendo decided to release more detailed notes for the 6.0 firmware update. You’ll find the release notes below:

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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

The Nintendo Switch is available globally now, and its online service, Nintendo Switch Online, launched in the US yesterday.