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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    September 18, 2018 6:10 PM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, Switch firmware update 6.0.0 out now, readying console for Nintendo Switch Online

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      September 18, 2018 6:48 PM

      Primary and non-primary consoles introduced! :D
      https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/22448

      Works just like PS4's, except with the restriction of one instance of the same digital copy being played at once (as shown in the example).
      When using downloadable software on a non-primary console, your game will pause if your Nintendo Account is used to access downloadable software on any other Nintendo Switch console.

      I take it "downloadable software" is referring to one specific title, and not any game. Like for example a non-primary console is playing Mario Kart 8, the primary can start Octopath Traveler, and it won't pause the non-primary's MK8D game.

      This is huge for households with more than one Switch and have gone mostly or all digital. I'm fine with the restriction in that two Switches playing MK8D would require two digital copies of the game.

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      September 18, 2018 6:52 PM

      I love updating my joycon! ^_^

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      September 18, 2018 8:31 PM

      Ugh the color on the NES games looks off.

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      September 18, 2018 10:07 PM

      The only reason I'm keeping the switch is Luigi's Mansion, other than that it's been collecting dust for months