Nintendo Switch Version 4.0 Update: Video Capture, Save File Transfers, Pre-Load, and More Explained


The Nintendo Switch’s version 4.0 update just landed, and it’s packed with various new features. The console’s latest patch adds everything from improvements to the Switch’s Nintendo eShop to enhanced capabilities for the console’s capture button. That’s right, this update is an important one. Here’s some of the highlights:

Video Capture

For one, the Nintendo Switch now supports video capture. Pressing and holding the capture button on the left Joy-Con will save the player’s last 30 seconds, all simultaneously during play. For instance, in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, players can press and hold the capture button to catch a sick boss kill after a fight completes.

Any videos saved are placed in the Album section on the home screen. Players can then trim their videos, save screenshots, and post clips on Facebook and Twitter. Nintendo supports video capture for the following games:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Arms
  • Splatoon 2

Save Data Transfer

Nintendo Switch’s 4.0 update also comes with a transfer system. Players can now send their user and save data from one Switch to another using the System Settings option menu. The feature is perfect for players who may run into technical difficulties and need a replacement Switch, or players that have multiple consoles in their house and want to switch from one to another.

New UX Feature Updates

Over on the Nintendo eShop, players can now pre-purchase and pre-load games before release. Nintendo promises “future game releases” will support the function, which will be particularly useful for first- and third-party games with huge file sizes. 12 new icons from Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are now available to use for players’ profile images, too, suggesting more will be on the way for new games in the near future.

A new feature inside the Options menu now allows local players to update games to the most recent patch in a group. That way, if several players want to host a local Splatoon 2 play session, but some players are running off a different version, players can easily update their game to play together against one another on the same patch number. This function only works with Nintendo Switch update 4.0 and later, though, so it will still leave players with an older firmware and no internet connection in the dark.

Lastly, My Nintendo News reports the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Cons have received an update. Players simply have to plug their Joy-Cons into the Nintendo Switch in order to receive the new patch. It’s unclear what’s included in the Joy-Con update, but firmware improvements for the Switch’s controllers are a promising sign, just in case any major bugs arise over the next year.

Those are the major highlights from the Nintendo Switch’s latest update. The full update log can be found on Nintendo’s official website, detailing how the new features function and their future implementation. It remains unclear if pre-load and video capture will work with Super Mario Odyssey, which lands later this month, although it seems likely given Nintendo’s interest in significant first-party support for its games.