Nintendo Switch Version 9.0.0 System Update Released

System Update highlighted within the system option in the System Settings

Two days ago, on September 9th, Nintendo finally released the V9.0.0 update for the Nintendo Switch. Below are the official patch notes.

Ver. 9.0.0 (Released September 9, 2019)

Added the following system functionality:

  • Added a search feature for the News Channel.
    • Channels can be searched using filters or free text.
  • Added “Display QR Code to Check In” to User Settings.
    • You can display a QR Code on-screen to check in using your Nintendo Account.
  • Alarm Notifications have been added to System Settings > Notifications.
    • You can check or delete pre-set alarms.
    • Alarms can be set up only within supported software (to be added at a later time).
    • A controller firmware update may be required to use this feature.
  • You can now configure touch screen sensitivity settings.
    • Select between Standard and Stylus sensitivity (optimized for stylus input).
  • Added the option to turn on/off the system button input (Nintendo Switch Lite only).
    • When this setting is turned off the system no longer receives input from the console buttons, with the exception of the Capture and HOME Buttons, and can only be operated from a wirelessly paired controller (sold separately).
    • This setting is on by default and can only be turned off if a compatible controller (sold separately) is wirelessly paired to the console.
    • The setting will automatically turn back on when the console is restarted or after returning from sleep mode.
  • Added “Online Play Invites” section to the User’s page.
    • Invites from friends to join online play in supported software will be displayed in this section.
  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user’s experience.
    • Resolved an issue where some users can’t start the Fire Emblem: Three Houses game, and get an error instead.

As has become the norm by now, there wasn’t too much to this update. It seems to mainly be in preparation for the upcoming of the Nintendo Switch Lite, optimising a lot of already present features to make them a lot quicker to use – ideal for a handheld console, aimed at players who are on-the-go. The Online Play Invites feature is definitely something I’m interested in though, and I hope they expand on it in the future.

If you’re wondering what the Fire Emblem: Three Houses error was, it was effecting users who had bought the Expansion Pass. As the patch notes mention, the game would not open, and instead the user would be greeted with an error. Before this update, the only fix was to completely re-install the game without the Expansion Pass, or to download the DLC individually. It seems this bug was only reported recently – mainly with users of the newer Switch model – so good on Nintendo for getting a fix out pretty quickly. No excuses for not saving Fódlan now. I am curious as to what was causing it, though.

You can view the patch notes on Nintendo’s official site here.

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