Nintendo Switch’s Ver. 6.0.0 Lets You Share Digital Games With Others Indirectly

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Nintendo Switch’s Ver. 6.0.0 firmware update is out, and it adds new profile icons, Nintendo Switch Online functionality with features like Save Data Cloud Backup, and more. While some of the new features were revealed by hackers who found data on the update, the latest update does add one major new feature that can make digital game sharing easier.


Without further ado, here are the full update notes:

Nintendo Switch Online* features and functionality have been added, including:

  • Save Data Cloud Backup
    • User your internet connection to back up game save data for compatible games
    • Some games are not compatible with Save Data Cloud
    • To back up save data or download a previous backup, head to System Settings > Data Management > Save Data Cloud Backup

    *Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online play. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Save Data Cloud backup available in compatible games. Terms apply. To learn more, click here.


Added the following system functionality

  • Upload up to four Album screenshots at once on supported social network services
    • Only one captured video can be uploaded at once
  • Select from six new Captain Toad icons for your user
    • To edit your user icon, head to your My Page on the top left of the Home Menu > Profile
  • Play your digital software and content on non-primary consoles by linking your Nintendo Account
    • The term “active console” has been renamed “primary console” in Nintendo eShops
    • Playing software in multiple consoles has certain restrictions
  • Display of Nintendo Switch News articles will be limited to match the restricted software parental controls setting selections
    • Please note that the restriction will only apply to News articles distributed after the release of version 6.0.0.
  • Change the layout of the USB keyboard to the desired language
    • To change the language, head to the System Settings > System > USB Keyboard


Removed the following system functionality

  • After installing the system update, it will no longer be possible to unlink your Nintendo Account from your Nintendo Switch user


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

  • Compatibility improvements have been made for a controller licensed by Nintendo


The biggest addition to Ver. 6.0.0 is that it is now possible to play digital games on a non-primary console by downloading them through another account linked to a profile on that console. What this means is that Person A could have Person B’s account set up on their Nintendo Switch, then download Person B’s purchased digital game and play it on Person A’s Nintendo Switch, so long as you are playing with Person B’s profile, and have a constant internet connection. Another caveat is that you can’t play DLC, but it’s a small price to pay for what is something that is light-years ahead of the Wii U’s system.


Ver. 6.0.0 is now available on Nintendo Switch.

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Very avid gamer with writing tendencies. Fan of Rockman and Pokémon and lots more!