New Nintendo Switch Firmware Update Out Now, Adds Features And Fixes Major Bug

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Now Playing: Nintendo Switch Update 9.0.0 Out Now - GS News Update

The latest firmware update for Nintendo Switch has arrived, and it includes a number of new features, tweaks, changes, and fixes. Version 9.0.0. (released September 9) introduces a new search feature for the News channel, a new option to pull up a QR code on your Switch to check-in at events, and new touch screen sensitivity settings. The update also introduces the ability stop the Switch from recognizing inputs from the console's buttons, except for the Capture and Home buttons. This only applies to the upcoming Switch Lite.

Additionally, the new Switch 9.0.0 update adds a section to account pages for "Online Play Invites," and as its name suggests, this is where you'll see invites from friends for supported games. Finally, the new patch fixes what sounds like a very serious issue. Apparently, there was a bug that completely prevented Fire Emblem: Three Houses from booting at all, instead returning an error. This problem has been fixed with the update through general system and stability improvements, Nintendo said.

This issue was reportedly affecting those who purchased the Three Houses season pass recently, though it's unclear how widespread the issue was or if anything else could trigger it. Whatever the case, it's fixed now.

You can see the full 9.0.0 update notes below, as posted on Nintendo's website.

Nintendo Switch Firmware 9.0.0 (September 9, 2019) Update:

  • 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.

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this is great news.

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Still no Netflix.

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@gaiden81: You're expecting Netflix from a Nintendo Switch firmware update?

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@lebanese_boy: its also one of my wishes.

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How about fixing your Switch controller that has its own mind and continues to not function properly. That would be a excellent start to actually enjoy a game without frustration.

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Heh, I almost bought the season pass for Three Houses last week, but something told me to wait at least until I see what's in it. It'd have sucked though to go back to three houses after playing astral chain and not even being able to load it up.

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Finally they fixed that Fire Emblem issue.

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I'm excited for Links Awakening.

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@uneeda_slap: Me too!

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All I wanted to see "Finally, the new patch fixes what sounds like a very serious issue. Apparently, there was a bug that completely prevented..." users from docking their Switch Lite.

'cause that kind of ruins the entire system.

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I saw "QR" and was really happy for a split second because I was thinking of the ability to copy Miis with QR Codes

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The Fire Emblem bug was a very well known bug thats been posted to death all over the Nintendo support forums. It prevented the game from being played if you bought the season pass after playing the game even once and went to install the season pass. Apparently the only work around was to download the dlc individually but this also implied that you knew a dlc was out for the game at the time. Since all the time frames given were tentative it wasn't a real workaround. Also due to this it never gave you the benefits of actually having purchased the season pass itself. So the excess items that came exclusively with the season pass when bought as a whole weren't given to you.

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Wooo! Literally nothing anyone asked for!

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@pressplaybros: That Fire Emblem one is an error thats been all over their boards. It applies to people who bought the season pass, if they installed it AFTER they had already played the game even once it would fail to load. It would get to the switch loading screen then boot them out giving an error. So this was a fix that well over a thousand people have been asking for.

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Oh yeah for sure, I meant feature-wise lol

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@pressplaybros: Ah okay then, yes you are correct feature-wise.

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*sees the night vision goggles*

Bravo Six, going dark. >:o