Last night, millions of Nintendo Switch consoles around the world were upgraded to Version 8.0.0. A variety of new features were added, including new icons, the ability to sort software, and a zoom feature in the System Settings, but the biggest new addition is the often-requested ability to transfer save data from one Switch to another.

In the past, it was possible to transfer an entire user profile from one Switch to another, but you couldn’t (for example) simply grab your Super Smash Bros. Ultimate save file and take it to a new Switch by itself. Now you can! This addition came at an interesting time when you consider the fact that Nintendo is reportedly launching new Switch models this year. This new feature should make it easier for people who plan to pick up a new model to distribute their save files however they please. In the meantime, you can check out the full patch notes below.

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 Controls
  • 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
Ben Lamoreux

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