Nintendo Releases Switch Firmware Update 8.0; Adds Save Transfers and New Game Sorting Options Alongside Zoom Feature

Apr 16
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Nintendo has released Nintendo Switch firmware update 8.0 which offers some major changes, including the option to transfer save data between Switch consoles.

The new Save Transfer feature is quite major as it allows all players to transfer save data between Switch consoles without needing a Switch online subscription. There’s one catch however – using this feature, erases the save data from the source system.

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Another nice new feature are the new game sorting options which allows Switch owners to sort their games by last played, time played, game name, and publisher. Also new option in the 8.0 update – a zoom feature. This new feature allows players to take a closer look at various things.

We’ve included the release notes for this new firmware update down below:

Nintendo Switch firmware update 8.0 release notes

Added the following system functionality:

  • A Sort Software feature is available after selecting to view All Software from the HOME Menu
    • Software can be sorted by time last played, total play time, software title, and software publisher
    • The All Software option displays when there are 13 or more software icons on the HOME Menu
  • A View All Available News option is available within News, allowing you to view all news items currently being distributed
    • Go to News > Channel List > View More
  • Select from 15 new icons from the Splatoon™ 2 and Yoshi’s Crafted World™ games for your user
    • To edit your user icon, head to your My Page on the top left of the HOME Menu > Profile
  • A feature to Transfer Your Save Data is now available, allowing you to transfer your save data for individual games between your Nintendo Switch systems
    • Go to System Settings > Data Management > Transfer Your Save Data
    • Save data will not remain on your source system after the transfer process completes
  • A Zoom feature can be enabled from within System Settings
    • Go to System Settings > System to turn Zoom ON
    • Once enabled, you can use the Zoom feature by pressing the HOME Button twice
  • An option is available to prevent the system from waking from Sleep Mode when an AC adapter is disconnected
    • Go to System Settings > Sleep Mode > Wake When AC Adapter is Disconnected
    • This also applies when undocking your console
  • A VR Mode (3D Visuals) restriction is available within Parental Controls
    • This will also be available in the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app through a later update
    • Go to System Settings > Parental Controls
    • These settings can also be changed from within Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit
  • Hong Kong / Taiwan / South Korea is available for selection in Region
    • Go to System Settings > System > Region
  • The following names have been changed (functionality remains the same)
    • Save Data Cloud Backup > Save Data Cloud
    • Transfer Your User and Save Data > Transfer Your User Data

General system stability improvements to enhance the user’s experience.

Interesting to note is that, alongside the Switch firmware update, a new controller update has also been rolled out.

The Nintendo Switch is available globally now. Nintendo released the hybrid platform back in March of 2017.

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