Nintendo Switch Update 4.0 Lets You Transfer Save Data
NIntendo Switch Save Transfers

One of the biggest complaints about the Nintendo Switch during launch was that you couldn’t transfer your saved data. This caused some gamers to seizure and flip out on social media and message boards, claiming that Nintendo was doomed because you couldn’t transfer your saved games and that if you mistakenly dropped your Switch on the marble floor during a bout of explosive diarrhea while you’re playing with it on the toilet and the console breaks, you’re basically screwed.

Well, Nintendo understands how dangerous it is to potentially break your Switch during an explosive bit of diarrhea, and how important it is to be able to transfer your games in case you break your console while you’re battling to get the chocolate subway through a tunnel it just doesn’t want to fit through.

Nintendo Insider is reporting that the latest update went out yesterday for Nintendo Switch owners. Once you download the update it will reboot your system and then you can enjoy all the benefits that 4.0.0 has to offer.

The most important feature enables you to transfer your saved data from one Switch to another, so if you’re one of those people who fall into the category of the description in the very first paragraph… well, Nintendo has your back, fam.

You can access the save transfer from the system settings off the main menu, and then you have to scroll down to the user section and there should be an option to transfer either your user or saved data to a new Nintendo Switch console.

In addition to save transfers, the 4.0.0 update also allows you to capture the last 30 seconds of gameplay via video capture. You can then trim the clip and share it on social media, whether that be Twitter or Facebook.

Keep in mind that the video capture isn’t available for all Nintendo Switch games, but it is available for Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

12 new user icons have been added to the system menu for user profiles, including additional icons from Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Nintendo is also taking hints from the other consoles and from Steam by allowing gamers to pre-purchase and pre-load games ahead of release. This is likely something that they wanted in place for the launch of Super Mario Odyssey. Right now it’s a limited feature for certain Nintendo games but they have plans on making it available for a lot more games released in the future.

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.


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