Nintendo Switch Patch 2.1.0 Available for Download

Now you're playing with the power of general system stability improvements!


Nintendo Switch System Update 2.1.0 is now available for download and it is a delightfully painless fast experience.

How to Perform Nintendo Switch System Update 2.1.0

In most situations, the Nintendo Switch will automatically download the most recent system update while it is connected online. You can verify your current menu version and manually start the update if necessary.

Verify Your Current Menu Version and Manually Start the Update

1. From the HOME Menu, select “System Settings.”

2. Scroll down the menu on the left-hand side and select “System.”

  • The current system menu version will be displayed under “System Update.”

3. Select "System Update," to start the system update process.

The Switch warns you before beginning the update's download.

This update doesn't seem that big. I was able to download it in less than 2 minutes. 

Within 5 minutes, my Nintendo Switch was fully updated and ready to play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. 

Nintendo's patch notes only state that Switch System Update 2.1.0  provides "general system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience."


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    March 29, 2017 1:20 AM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, Nintendo Switch Patch 2.1.0 Available for Download

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      March 29, 2017 1:27 AM


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        March 29, 2017 1:31 AM

        I saw an email from Best Buy saying that they will have them for sale today on their website at 12 PM CT. NES Mini too.

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        March 29, 2017 1:33 AM

        Super anecdotal, but Clay walked into a Target and got one today.

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          March 29, 2017 1:17 PM

          Well it was more complicated than that.

          I checked, and they had "limited availability" at a few stores. I called one of them, and they said they had 1. I hopped in the car and when I got there, they said somebody else got it.

          I was sad.

          So I checked the site again and all those limited availability entries were gone. But there was a new one !

          I drove another 20 minutes and scored the only one they had. Then I had to go to a Best Buy on the other side of town to get a pro controller.

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            March 29, 2017 5:38 PM

            TLDR: Clay walked into a random Target and they had 45 sitting on the shelf, on sale for half price, so he bought one.

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        March 29, 2017 6:21 AM

        I've seen people posting about just walking in and getting them at Walmart

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        March 29, 2017 6:23 AM

        I woke up yesterday and decided I wanted one so I looked at and found a Target near my place that listed them in stock. Showed up at 8 when they opened, walked in and was out of there in less than 10 minutes with one. No hassle. It was less than an hour between deciding to buy one and actually having it. The Target people said they're getting small daily shipments now.

        There were a bunch of parents trickling in with kids as I was walking out (probably because it's spring break) so I imagine if you don't get there right as they open, they might run out pretty fast.

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        March 29, 2017 7:43 AM

        Local Best Buy had 8 in stock when I went to recycle a printer there. Was signed up for email notification from them when they had stock. No email. Why did I sign up for that?

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        March 29, 2017 7:49 AM

        The shipments have been flowing pretty regularly now, I would say it should be relatively easy to find now.

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          March 29, 2017 10:12 AM


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            March 29, 2017 10:26 AM

            Relatively is probably more key in that sentence than I wanted it to be. I'm seeing people actually finding them before they're insta sold out now.

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        March 29, 2017 8:36 AM

        Just leave nowinstock open in a browser tab with the audible alarm on. That's how I got mine

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        March 29, 2017 10:24 AM

        I walked into a Wal-Mart last week with a buddy and we both got Greys. Go around 8-9 AM. They get a few every day.

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      March 29, 2017 6:00 AM

      I hope this fixes the periodic unnecessary HDMI power ups. :P

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        March 29, 2017 7:48 AM

        My guess is this is fixing the browser hack issue that should've been fixed before the first production Switch was made (because it was public knowledge by then... oh Nintendo) and maybe some slight OS stability changes but not much else yet. HDMI power switching I'm sure is on their radar but I doubt it was fixed. Only patch notes say "enhanced stability" so who the fuck knows for sure.

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        March 29, 2017 9:49 AM

        Nope doesn't fix it

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          March 29, 2017 9:50 AM

          Wouldn't that be a Zelda patch that would be expected to fix it?

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            March 29, 2017 10:08 AM

            Nope, it's definitely an OS level issue.

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              March 29, 2017 10:12 AM


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                March 29, 2017 10:29 AM

                It basically needs to completely disable the HDMI out while in sleep mode and doesn't always do it for whatever reason. That's immaterial of what game is suspended, if one is at all.

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                  March 29, 2017 10:36 AM

                  Whoops I misreplied. I was talking about the Zelda frame rate issue.

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                    March 29, 2017 10:38 AM

                    Ah, well yeah I assume that's probably a Zelda patch in there but the WiFi based framerate issues I believe are another OS bug to get patched out. Remaining stuff probably won't be although I do hope they fix the moblin physics bug.

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          March 29, 2017 10:17 AM


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      March 29, 2017 9:09 AM

      Hopefully this fixed that issue I ran into trying to put the system to sleep.

    • Zek legacy 10 years
      March 29, 2017 12:40 PM

      It's already past 2.0? What kind of versioning system is this?

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