Nintendo Switch Online is now live, and with it comes the 6.00 system update for the Nintendo Switch and several changes to the Nintendo Switch console.
One of the biggest changes to the console is that your Nintendo Account will now be linked to your Nintendo Switch user profile. This means you’ll need to make sure that your Nintendo Account information is all correct and that you have the proper accounts you want to use set up. However, while this change may be slightly inconvenient for those who haven’t straightened out their profiles, it comes with a larger benefit.
Your linked console is now designated as a “primary” console, but that opens up every other console to being “non-primary.” This means that you can, say, borrow a friend’s console, log in to your Nintendo Account, and have full access to the digital games you’ve purchased, as long as you have an internet connection.
There are a few restrictions, of course. You’ll have to stay logged in on your friend’s console without logging in anywhere else for the non-primary console to continue to have access to digital games, so you can’t, for example, start up a game of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on a non-primary console and then boot up the same game on your primary console. It won’t allow games to be played simultaneously. But if you just want to pull up Mario Kart to both play on the same console, the service should allow for it.
The 6.00 system update also now lets users upload up to four images to social network services tat once, and brings in new Captain Toad icons to select from on the user profile page. Users can also change the layout of the USB keyboard on the console.
Then, of course, there are the changes brought by Nintendo Switch Online, which will only be seen by users who pay for that service. These features include save data cloud backup for certain games, online play, and access to a selection of classic NES games. The service is now available to purchase for $19.99 a year.
The full patch notes can be found on Nintendo’s site here.