Nintendo Switch's latest firmware update brings new features


Nintendo released a system update for its Switch console that introduced the ability to record 30-second gameplay snippets, transfer save data between devices, and more.

Not all games support video capture yet. You're now free to pop that suck into the dock and have the Switch deliver all the sound to your headset.

System version 4.0.0, as it is called, should be waiting for you to install on your console.

This is a pretty big update for the Switch because it addresses one of the most important features that gamers had been complaining about when it first launched.

To capture video you need to hold down the capture button - a quick press still takes a screengrab. The Nintendo Switch helped this immensely, leading the industry as the top-selling console for the third straight month, and the fifth month overall that Switch has led sales since its introduction seven months ago.

The bad news, however, is that this video-capture feature is now only supported by four games, and they're all first-party fare: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Arms, Splatoon 2, and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. 30 seconds of your previous gameplay will be stored in your album.

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Nintendo has rolled out a new version of its system software for the Nintendo Switch, which adds some significant new features.

That's great news, but keep in mind that the data transfer is local move, and doesn't back up game save or software data in Nintendo's cloud.

The next major game from Nintendo starring the infamous ex-plumber arrives on October 27, and the millions of people who own the Nintendo Switch are no doubt looking to play it as soon as possible. While the feature is useful for sharing those cool moments with your friends, it only supports certain games.

With the release of Super Mario Odyssey just a few weeks away, video capture is a particularly exciting addition.

Just go to the System Settings icon in the main menu on the Switch, then select "System" from the next menu.