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Switch firmware update 6.0.0 out now, readying console for Nintendo Switch Online

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The latest firmware update for Nintendo Switch Online has landed. Yes, Version 6.0.0 is here, which readies your Switch to go online with the new subscription service, among other things. The update, which just went live, introduces the Save Data Cloud Backup system for the new online service as well as a smattering of other new features.

The Save Data Cloud Backup feature lets you back up your game saves for compatible games on the cloud, though some games will not be compatible. You will need a paid membership to do this, as well as a Nintendo Account to play online.

Further, you can now upload up to four screenshots at once via social media accounts as well as select from six new Captain Toad icons for your user account. Nintendo Switch News articles can be set to be limited based on the system's parental controls, and you can change the layout of your USB keyboard to the language you choose.

Most importantly, if you link your Nintendo Account, you'll now be able to play any digital software and content on non-primary systems. The "active console" has been renamed "primary console" as a result, though playing on multiple consoles does have its restrictions.

With the new update, as Nintendo already warned, you will no longer be able to unlink a Nintendo Account from a Nintendo Switch user, but we already knew about that. Lastly, the system underwent some compatibility improvements for a licensed Nintendo controller, though it isn't clear which at this point.

There you have it. The new Nintendo Switch Online service is live now, so if you've been waiting to give it a look, it's all ready for you. At long last!

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