New Nintendo Switch Update Adds Video Recording, Save Transfers

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The newest update for the Nintendo Switch is a surprisingly solid one, adding (or at least half-assing) a bunch of features that owners have been crying out for since the console’s launch earlier this year.

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First up is the ability to record video. All you do is hold down the screen capture button instead of pressing it and the Switch will capture the last 30 seconds of gameplay. Which...won’t be terribly useful for recording longer stuff like boss fights, but will at least let you capture individual moments.

Once recorded, “you can trim the beginning and end of each clip, and post to Facebook and Twitter”.

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It’s important to note that this isn’t a system-wide feature: you can only record gameplay from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, and Splatoon 2 (at the moment).

Next is an option to transfer your save data (something you couldn’t previously do) which can only be done by moving a profile from one Switch to another. Here’s how Nintendo describes the process:

  • Both a source console and a target console are required to transfer user information and save data.
  • Both consoles must also be updated to system menu version 4.0.0 or higher and connected to the Internet.
  • A Nintendo Account must be linked to the user account you wish to transfer on the source console, and cannot be linked to a user account on the target console.
  • The target console cannot have more than seven users at the time of the migration (there must be room for one more user on the target console).
  • There must be sufficient free space on the target console’s internal memory to receive the data that will be migrated there.
  • Once the process is complete, the user information, the associated save data, and the software purchased with the user account that is transferred will no longer be available on the source console.

Again, the implementation isn’t quite what people might have been hoping for, but it’s better than nothing.

There are also some new profile pics from Super Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild, and the ability to pre-load some games from the eshop to save you time if you (come on guys) preorder a game.

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The full changelog can be viewed at Nintendo’s site.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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DISCUSSION

What functional use is there for that save transfer setup? The only reason I can think to use it is if My Nintendo switch wwas near the end of its life and i had bought a new one. I suppose if They introduce an improved version of the switch and dont disable this feature i suppose it could be used. but all of these examples are “I have two switches and no longer wish to use one of them” and not “i want to make backups”