Nintendo Switch Firmware Update 8.0.0 Is Live, Here’s What It Does

Nintendo Switch has received a firmware update today bumping the system software to version 8.0.0. Here’s what is included in this new update.

Nintendo has been known to be rather slow in adding new features. This looks like another major update but it doesn’t seem to add many new features. The biggest addition this time is the ability to sort out games and you can also enjoy a new set of avatar for your Nintendo Switch profile.

Nintendo Switch Firmware Update 8.0.0 Is Live, Here's What It Does

Save data transfer feature is another important change in this firmware update. The save data transfer doesn’t copy the save but instead lets you move it from one Nintendo Switch console to the next. It helps mitigate the issue of relying on a Cloud backup, now allowing you to do it all locally.

Nintendo Switch Firmware Update 8.0.0 Is Live Changelog

Added the following system functionality:

  • A Sort Software feature is available after selecting to view All Software from the HOME Menu
    • Software can be sorted by time last played, total play time, software title, and software publisher
    • The All Software option displays when there are 13 or more software icons on the HOME Menu
  • A View All Available News option is available within News, allowing you to view all news items currently being distributed
    • Go to News > Channel List > View More
  • Select from 15 new icons from the Splatoon™ 2 and Yoshi’s Crafted World™ games for your user
    • To edit your user icon, head to your My Page on the top left of the HOME Menu > Profile
  • A feature to Transfer Your Save Data is now available, allowing you to transfer your save data for individual games between your Nintendo Switch systems
    • Go to System Settings > Data Management > Transfer Your Save Data
    • Save data will not remain on your source system after the transfer process completes
  • A Zoom feature can be enabled from within System Settings
    • Go to System Settings > System to turn Zoom ON
    • Once enabled, you can use the Zoom feature by pressing the HOME Button twice
  • An option is available to prevent the system from waking from Sleep Mode when an AC adapter is disconnected
    • Go to System Settings > Sleep Mode > Wake When AC Adapter is Disconnected
    • This also applies when undocking your console
  • A VR Mode (3D Visuals) restriction is available within Parental Controls
    • This will also be available in the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app through a later update
    • Go to System Settings > Parental Control
    • These settings can also be changed from within Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit
  • Hong Kong / Taiwan / South Korea is available for selection in Region
    • Go to System Settings > System > Region
  • The following names have been changed (functionality remains the same)
    • Save Data Cloud Backup > Save Data Cloud
    • Transfer Your User and Save Data > Transfer Your User Data

Let us know if you have noticed any change after installing this new update in the comments below.


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