This afternoon Nintendo hit us with a surprise firmware update for the Switch. It adds a couple of features to the system that users have been demanding, but it wouldn’t be a Nintendo update without missing the mark in a couple inexplicable places. We’ll get to those.

Added a bookmark feature to News.
This feature allows you to bookmark your favorite news items.

What’s the point of this? Well, Nintendo once had a news item that would boot you into Breath of the Wild once you pushed a button, and gave you free meat. You could actually push that button an unlimited number of times, so I exploited it for hours, sold the pile of meat and became Hyrule-rich. Note that news items eventually disappear (I doubt that BOTW item is there anymore) and you can only save a limit of 300.

Added an option to transfer software data between the system memory and an SD card.

Originally, you could choose to download a game to the system memory, or an SD card, and once you made your decision the game was stuck there, unless you downloaded it again. Now you can always change your mind (though given how much space is in the Switch natively, it’s going to be the SD card 99 percent of the time).

Does this mean we can finally transfer our saves to SD cards for future preservation? Ha! That would be the most logical use of this, which is why it’s not happening.

Note that save data and some update data cannot be transferred to an SD card.

For now, you can cloud-store your saves for $20 a year, and that’s the best you can do.

Added an option to remap the controller buttons.

The most amazing part. Want to remap A to X and vice-versa? It’s possible now. You can even completely swap the buttons on the left and right Joy-Cons. This feature also works with the Switch Pro Controller, but not with the retro-styled special controllers, which don’t have all the buttons anyway.

The Nintendo Switch 10.0 firmware update is now live. Check out the full patch notes here.

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