Nintendo Switch update brings video capture support

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Good news Switch owners, a brand new system update has arrived for Nintendo's hybrid gaming device - and it's a big one. You can find detailed patch notes for the update on Nintendo's support website. We also like that pressing the Capture button saves the previous 30 seconds, which takes the worry out of trying to predict when something worth sharing might occur. The system then automatically saves the past 30 seconds to the console's album. Fine for capturing a particular cool fight in Splatoon or documenting a discovery in Zelda, but not something you'd want to send to Highlight Reel editor Chris Person.

Not only does this ensure you receive the game the moment it comes out, but it also lets you check the prices ahead of release.

The bad news, however, is that this video-capture feature is now only supported by four games, and they're all first-party fare: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Arms, Splatoon 2, and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Switch 4.0 officially adds profile and save transfers between Switch systems. Nintendo now allows certain pre-purchased titles to be downloaded prior to their launch date. This means it's not a backup to SD card feature, as many fans would like. With firmware 4.0.0, the ability for (limited) video capture and transferring data to another Switch console is now possible.

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A dozen new Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild icons were added for use as a player icon.

Search for and subscribe to game-specific news content from the News List screen. Some have even said that USB-C connectors will work with an undocked Switch, so it really seems like Bluetooth functionality is the only thing absent with this update (and with that said, we probably shouldn't expect it any time soon).