Nintendo Switch System Update 4.0.0 Adds Data Transfer and Video Capture

Now we're sharing with power!


Nintendo just dropped a massive update to the Switch. Please take a look at the patch notes.

Improvements Included in Version 4.0.0 (Distributed 10/18/2017)
Added the following system functionality

Capture video on select game

  • To capture video, hold down the Capture Button during gameplay
  • Up to maximum of the previous 30 seconds will be saved in the Album. You can trim the beginning and end of each clip, and post to Facebook and Twitter.
  • As of October 18th, 2017, this feature is compatible with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, and Splatoon

Select from 12 new Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild icons for your user

  • To edit your user icon, head to your My Page on the top left of the Home Menu > Profile

Transfer user and save data to another system

  • To transfer, head to System Settings > Users > Transfer Your User and Save Data

Pre-purchase option on Nintendo eShop

  • A pre-purchase option will be available for certain games. This option allows pre-load of the game to your system for quicker play when the game is released.
  • This feature will be supported by future game releases

News channel updates

  • The news feed has been updated with a new look.
  • Unfollowing a channel will remove that channel's content from the news feed and following the channel again will make it reappear.

Match software version with a group of local users

  • To create a group, head to the software's Options > Software Update > Match Version with Local Users
  • Everyone's software will be updated to match the most recent version in the group
  • All users must be on system menu version 4.0.0 or later to view and join a group

General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience, including:

  • Changed the specification which hid wireless networks using TKIP security from the network search results. Wireless networks using TKIP security will now display in search results as a grayed-out selection instead of not being displayed
    • The Nintendo Switch console supports WEP, WPA-PSK(AES), and WPA2-PSK(AES). If your router is using a different security type (e.g. WPA-PSK(TKIP)), you will need to change this security type within your router's settings.

Rejoice Shacknews, now we can make thirty second videos of games! Well, a few games. Holding the share button briefly will now trigger a 30 second video clip being recorded. Data transfer between Switch consoles is also a welcome feature that should have been available months ago. Either way, now we're playing with power! Find out how to update your Switch at Nintendo's Switch Update Support webpage.


Asif Khan is the CEO, EIC, and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

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    October 18, 2017 6:05 PM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, Nintendo Switch System Update 4.0.0 Adds Data Transfer and Video Capture

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      October 18, 2017 6:11 PM

      As of October 18th, 2017, this feature is compatible with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, and Splatoon

      Why is this something that a game has to support? Nintendo is not very good at this whole software thing.

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        October 18, 2017 6:12 PM

        It's not doing it at the OS level it looks like, wonder if they broke something during testing and decided to ship it out as is.

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        October 18, 2017 6:21 PM

        I want it for FIFA :(

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          October 19, 2017 7:57 AM

          how are the graphics for fifa on the switch?

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        October 18, 2017 9:04 PM

        Weird, but I'm good. I only own Zelda and MK8. Not sure why its a game supported feature and not OS level thoough.

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        October 19, 2017 8:38 AM

        i would think it's because recording HD video takes resources. that means a game needs to be optimized enough to give up those resources without suffering frame rate dropping.

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      October 18, 2017 6:13 PM


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        October 18, 2017 6:19 PM

        I don't think NCL really cares what Reddit says. Those features are present on WIi U and 3DS. Its more the usual case of a console getting major updates rolled out in its first year. With the Switch its even more pronounced since it was shipped ahead of whenever they projected the new Nintendo system to come out.

        Had the Wii U not bombed I'm certain we'd see the Switch this holiday or 2018 while BotW would have shipped on Wii U last holiday.

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          October 18, 2017 6:20 PM

          Also, hopefully we get cloud save backups whenever the online service rolls out. That's the big thing that's missing right now.

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        October 18, 2017 6:23 PM

        It looks like this is the feature needed to move games from one Switch to another one, not to back them up to the cloud or the memory card.

        I still want that feature.

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      October 18, 2017 7:19 PM


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      October 18, 2017 9:18 PM

      Does this fix the wpa2 Krack. If not has Nintendo said when it’s going to fix that?

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        October 19, 2017 8:43 AM

        I'd guess the Switch communicates with Nintendo through SSL protected APIs, at least the store

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      October 19, 2017 8:42 AM

      hoping Rocket League adds support!

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