Nintendo has finally released a major software update for the Nintendo Switch. Version 3.0.0 includes a bunch of new features including updates to news, how you pair your controllers as well a bunch of new users icons for Splatoon 2.

The full list of updates is below:

– Register a channel to receive News for specific games
To register, head to News > Find Channels
– Add friends from your Nintendo 3DS and Wii U Friend Lists
To add friends, head to your My Page on the top left of the Home Menu > Friend Suggestions
– Receive notifications when your Friends go online
To turn this ON/OFF, head to System Settings > Notifications > Friend Notifications
– Find paired controllers within communication range by activating the vibration feature
To search, head to Controllers > Find Controllers
– Change the user icon order on the Home Menu
To change order, head to System Settings > Users > Change Order
– Select from 6 new Splatoon 2 characters for user icon
To edit your user icon, head to your My Page on the top left of the Home Menu > Profile
– Change the system volume from the Quick Settings
To access Quick Settings, hold down the HOME Button
– Lower the maximum volume for headphone or speakers connected to the audio jack
To lower the max headphone volume, head to System Settings > System > Lower Max Headphone Volume
* This settings will be ON when Parental Controls are enabled
– Change display colors to Invert Colors or Grayscale
To use this feature, head to System Settings > System > Change Display Colors
– Connect a USB keyboard to the dock to type whenever the keyboard is on the screen
– Use the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller via wired communication by connecting the USB charging cable
To enable, head to System Settings > Controllers and Sensors > Pro Controller Wired Communication
* The NFC touchpoint on the Pro Controller will be disabled while the controller is using wired communication.
– Update connected controllers
To update, head to System Settings > Controllers and Sensors > Update Controllers
Added a feature that suggests deletion of software data when insufficient space when downloading other software
* User save data is not deleted

General system stability improvements to enhance the user’s experience, including:

– Resolved an issue that caused game software updates to fail and prevented the software from starting
– Improvements to prevent unintended HDMI input change with certain TVs while the console is docked in Sleep Mode

  • Very great featureset, here’s hoping increased stability reduces the crashes in games, I got 3 crashes just today while playing Mr. Shifty and had to restart the entire chapter and it was so annoying! Hope that will be fixed for future players of it cause I already ended up beating the game there.

  • RV Cos

    Any update for Cloud Saves or ways to save games that you would be able to recover if you system goes bad?

  • ch17z

    The most important question: Do 8bitdo controllers still work with 3.0.0?

    • Toby Natividad

      Great question! Let me try when I get home

  • The notifications when friends come online + USB keyboard support have been on Switch for a while (possibly even since launch), so I’m not sure why they’re in the list?

    Otherwise, looks like a good update. I’m interested to see this display colour feature – it sounds like what the Gameboy Color could do for older games if you held down a key combination while game is starting. Anyone played around with it yet?

  • Jeff Masser

    finally ‘HDMI’ will stop popping up every time the system wakes and I’m playing something else!

  • Fantastic! No way to save your game data on an external SD card. Thank you so much Nintendo!

    Not to mention no virtual console. Hell of an update.

  • No fix for no sound over HDMI when docked then…