Nintendo Switch update brings in game video capture and save transfers

Nintendo’s Switch can now capture videos and transfer game saves to another console, thanks to a firmware update. 

The firmware version 4.0.0, available to download right now, brings in a feature that automatically captures 30 second clips of games and stores them in the console’s album for later sharing on Twitter or Facebook.

However, it’s contently limited to just four Nintendo games: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, Splatoon 2, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild; we’d expect to see more first-party Nintendo games like Mario Odyssey get supported in the near-future, but third-party games appear to be left out in the cold for the time being.

Save transfers might not be the most exciting addition, but it’ll be handy for people who want to move profile data and game saves from Switch to Switch. However, the feature is a little limited in that it deletes the original profile when moving across to another console, so people flush with Switch consoles will not be able to have their profiles and games saves on multiple machines.

“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.” Nintendo explained.

Nor will the saves transfer allow for Switch users to back up their data to an external memory card, which some will find frustrating given it’s been a feature Switch fans have been clamouring for. This means that if you manage to loose or break your Switch you’ll lose your profile and game save data as well.

So while the firmware update brings a little more practical and fun functionality to Nintendo’s hit hybrid console, there are still plenty of features that Nintendo could add to the Switch further down the line, providing it takes fan feedback on board.

Related: Upcoming Nintendo Switch games

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