The Nintendo Switch reached its first birthday earlier this month, an event which for some provided an opportunity to look at how far the system had come along in twelve months of life. We've seen plenty of new games and come up with a list of our most anticipated Nintendo Switch releases, but on a more fundamental level, the system's functionality itself has also been growing. In fact, the Nintendo Switch has just earned its latest firmware version 5.0.0, the likes of which includes some smart new features, fixes for past problems, and a new way for players to connect with their friends.
According to the update notes posted to the Nintendo support website, firmware version 5.0.0 includes new integrated functions that allow players to find and add their friends from Facebook and Twitter. This new optional feature can pull friend suggestions based on any Twitter or Facebook account linked to the player's Nintendo account, and can be found from the home menu by going to the Friends Suggestions options within the user profile page.
Several new parent-focused options have appeared in the new update, including a new menu lock that will restrict captured videos based on the settings defined in the Restricted Software menu. In addition, the Parental Controls PIN page has been changed to move cursor control to the control stick, and parents using the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls mobile app will now find a new option to whitelist specific games for general play.
The update also includes a bunch of smaller fixes and tweaks as well as 24 new iconics from both ARMS and the Kirby series of games. Last but certainly not least, the new Switch firmware update includes a fix for the play time display error that seemed to have removed records of user's different game timers. Switch owners should find that the displayed play time is now accurately reflected as before.