Nintendo Switch Firmware 12.1.0 New Features Revealed

share to other networks share to twitter share to facebook

The Switch just received a new firmware update, and it's a big deal for anyone that finds themselves shuffling games around their SD card to be able to download patches.

Firmware 12.1.0 does this by allowing users to remove existing data for games, then downloading the updated version - rather than keeping one while also downloading the other. That's not all that's new, though.


Read More: Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to get every item in the game using Nookazon

Nintendo Switch Firmware 12.1.0 – What's New?

Also mentioned in the update are the standard "system stability improvements", as well as a firmware update for the console's Joy-Cons - although no further information was given.

Longtime Switch dataminer OatmealDome has noted that some changes may have prevented further datamining.


Check out the full 'patch notes' for the firmware below, courtesy of Nintendo:

  • If there is not enough space remaining on the system memory (internal storage) or microSD card when downloading game software update data, you can now delete old data for that software, enabling you to download the new data.
    • When deleting the old data, you won't be able to play the game until the new data has finished downloading.
  • General system stability improvements have been made to enhance the user's experience.

How To Update Your Nintendo Switch's Firmware

Updating to version 12.1.0 is easy enough – when you log into your Switch, go to the settings menu and then the System tab to be able to select the option to update the system.


If that all sounds like too much hard work, you can also just jump onto the eShop on your device – you'll then be prompted to update.