Version 9.0 of Nintendo Switch firmware is now out, as of September 9th. With it comes many tweaks, bug fixes, and changes, as well as a few minor features. Most of these are just small improvements, so nothing too incredible, but they do ultimately make everything a little better. Version 9.0 has introduced a new search feature for the News Channel, a QR Code option to sign into your Nintendo Account, as well as new touch screen sensitivity settings. The update also includes the ability to stop the Switch from recognizing inputs from the console buttons, with the exception of the Home and Capture buttons. However, that last bit is only relevant to the Switch Lite.
Switch 9.0 will also add a section to account pages for Online Play Invites, which is where you’ll see invites from your friends to play games online. Most importantly though, the patch fixes a major problem that was occurring primarily with Fire Emblem: Three Houses. The bug would prevent the game from booting, instead returning an error. The update supposedly fixed this problem with general stability and system improvements.
There are actually a few more changes and updates than just these, but the ones mentioned above are the most important. You can find the full patch notes on Nintendo’s website, which covers all of the changes and improvements in greater detail. As for how many more patches are in store for the Nintendo Switch, no one can really say; the bug that was plaguing Fire Emblem: Three Houses was specific to it, so it’s fair to assume that the release of new games down the line might require some path updates too, if they end up having their own unique problems.
Other patch changes are most likely dependent on what kinds of requests the community has. After all, a lot of the changes made here in 9.0 were from requests or feedback offered by Switch users to improve quality of life or just general usefulness. With nine different versions already behind us, it’s safe to assume we’ll probably have a few more before everything is said and done. At least it’s nice to know that Nintendo is constantly addressing any potential issues with both the platform and the specific games that go with it. More support is always better than a publisher who doesn’t even bother.