Nintendo Switch receiving firmware update with some fun new features

by Justin Herrick | March 13, 2018

Nintendo released a system update on Tuesday for its fast-selling video game console. The Switch is being upgraded to version 5.0.0, which might sound like a big deal on paper but doesn’t actually include anything particularly impressive.

A lot of what’s been implemented is low-level and doesn’t dramatically change the experience of the hybrid device.

The system update for this month includes friend suggestions from social media, enhanced parental controls, and a bunch of minor tweaks. If you were expecting some type of overhaul for the user interface, your wait continues. Nintendo is pretty satisfied with the way its customers have reacted to the Switch since its release one year ago this month.

Here’s the official changelog:

– Facebook and Twitter friends that also use Nintendo Switch can now be added through Friend Suggestions
– Using the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app, add specific software titles to your whitelest to excluse them from the console’s Parental Controls Restricted Software setting
– Captured videos in the Album will be restricted by Parental Controls depending on the Restricted Software setting and Software Rating Organization
– To keep the Parental Controls PIN private, the default method for PIN entry has been changed to entering using the Control Stick and buttons instead of the on-screen number pad
– Select from 24 new ARMS and the Kirby series icons for your user
– Digital software purchases made from a PC or smart device will start downloading sooner than previously, even if the Nintendo Switch console is in Sleep Mode
– Receive notification when pre-puchased software is ready to play
– Filter News to view only unread news or news from specific channels
– Nintendo Switch Pro Controller grip colors will now display in the Controllers menu

Users may have wanted more, but let’s not deny that the Switch is off to a fantastic start. The product selling much better than its predecessor and has become the go-to spot for many gamers.

Nintendo recently announced a batch of new titles landing this year and in 2019. The company will be releasing Super Smash Bros.Dark Souls RemasteredCrash Bandicoot N’sane Trilogy, and more for the Switch over the course of the next few months. The Nintendo 3DS, too, is getting fresh games despite its aging lifespan.

The Wii U may have been a flop, but Nintendo is proving to us it can be just as competitive as Sony and Microsoft with a console unlike any other.




Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...