Nintendo Switch Update 3.0.0 Now Available

Nintendo has released a new system update for the Nintendo Switch.

The 3.0.0 update is now available worldwide, and allows you to add friends from your 3DS and Wii U friends lists, use the Pro Controller via a wired connection (seriously), receive notifications when friends come online, and more.

Here’s a full rundown of all the improvements included in the update:

Improvements Included in Version 3.0.0

Added the following system functionality

  • Register a channel to receive News for specific games
  • Add friends from your Nintendo 3DS and Wii U Friend Lists
    • To add friends, head to your My Page on the top left of the Home Menu > Friend Suggestions
  • Receive notifications when your Friends go online
    • To turn this ON/OFF, head to System Settings > Notifications > Friend Notifications
  • Find paired controllers within communication range by activating the vibration feature
  • Change the user icon order on the Home Menu
    • To change order, head to System Settings > Users > Change Order
  • Select from 6 new Splatoon 2 characters for user icon
    • To edit your user icon, head to your My Page on the top left of the Home Menu > Profile
  • Change the system volume from the Quick Settings
  • Lower the maximum volume for headphone or speakers connected to the audio jack
    • To lower the max headphone volume, head to System Settings > System > Lower Max Headphone Volume
      * This settings will be ON when Parental Controls are enabled
  • Change display colors to Invert Colors or Grayscale
    • To use this feature, head to System Settings > System > Change Display Colors
  • Use the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller via wired communication by connecting the USB charging cable
    • To enable, head to System Settings > Controllers and Sensors > Pro Controller Wired Communication
      * The NFC touchpoint on the Pro Controller will be disabled while the controller is using wired communication.
  • Update connected controllers
  • Added a feature that suggests deletion of software data if there is insufficient space when downloading other software
    • To use this feature, head to System Settings > Data Management > Quick Archive
      * User save data is not deleted

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

  • Resolved an issue that caused game software updates to fail and prevented the software from starting
  • Improvements to prevent unintended HDMI input change with certain TVs while the console is docked in Sleep Mode


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  1. orbo
    June 20, 2017 at 1:22 am

    “use the Pro Controller via a wired connection”
    This…. this wasn’t a thing before?

    Some of the decisions at nintendo are just utterly baffling.

  2. xhunter
    June 20, 2017 at 1:40 am

    Only the version 2 of the Dualshock 4 controllers for the PS4 can use a wired connection. Version 1 is connected wirelessly for the inputs even when plugged for charging .Nintendo’s not the only one who does this.

  3. ぽっぴっぽー
    June 20, 2017 at 4:53 am

    Eh the pro controller has a crazy amount of battery life. Seems like a non issue to me.

  4. totenglocke
    June 20, 2017 at 8:50 am

    But Nintendo is now, as far as I’m aware, the first console (key word, console) company to add the ability to update the firmware of your controller.

  5. Hamtarotaro
    June 20, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Nope, xbox did it and steam too.

  6. DrearierSpider
    June 20, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Can you connect the controller cable when docked, or just portable mode?

  7. DrearierSpider
    June 20, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Stupid move, but the input latency is a moot point considering this thing doesn’t even come with an Ethernet port by default.

  8. Ckarasu
    June 21, 2017 at 5:47 am

    Another change is that certain Wii U wired controllers now function as psuedo-pro controllers for the Switch. The Hori Pokken Pro Pad and the Mayflash 4 port Gamecube adapter both work(though the Mayflash needs to be manually updated to the latest firmware). Not really great for games that need an analogue stick, but functions fine for games that only need the D-pad.