Nintendo Switch System Update Version 5.0.0 Now Available


Nintendo has released a new Nintendo Switch system update worldwide, with the portable home console’s operating system now sat on version 5.0.0.

This adds Facebook and Twitter users to Friend Suggestions, new ARMS and Kirby Star Allies user icons, the ability to filter the Nintendo Switch News channel, Nintendo Switch Pro Controller grip colours in the Controllers menu, and corrects an issue where the Play Activity was wiped on your User Page.

Nintendo Switch System Update Version 5.0.0 Patch Notes

Added the following system functionality

  • Facebook and Twitter friends that also use Nintendo Switch can now be added through Friend Suggestions.
    • Friend suggestions are based on the Facebook and Twitter accounts you have linked to your Nintendo Account.
    • To view your friend suggestions, from the top left of the HOME Menu head to your User Page > Friend Suggestions.
    • You must be 13 or older to use this feature.
  • Select from 24 new ARMS and the Kirby series icons for your user.
    • To edit your user icon, head to your My Page on the top left of the Home Menu > Profile.
  • Digital software purchases made from a PC or smart device will start downloading sooner than previously, even if the Nintendo Switch console is in Sleep Mode.
  • Filter News to view only unread news or news from specific channels.
  • To keep the Parental Controls PIN private, the default method for PIN entry has been changed to entering using the Control Stick and buttons instead of the on-screen number pad.
    • When prompted to enter your Parental Controls PIN, press and hold the + Button to change between input methods.
  • Captured videos in the Album will be restricted by Parental Controls depending on the Restricted Software setting and Software Rating Organization.
  • Using the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app, add specific software titles to your whitelist to exclude them from the console’s Parental Controls Restricted Software setting.
    • Play-Time Limit restrictions will still apply even when the software title has been whitelisted.
  • Receive a notification when pre-purchased software is ready to play.
  • Nintendo Switch Pro Controller grip colours will now display in the Controllers menu.

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

  • Resolved an issue that caused Play Activity to display incorrectly in the Profile section of your User Page.
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After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.

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