Nintendo has started rolling out a new firmware update for its Switch console. Find out what this does below.

Nintendo is continuously improving its new Switch console to deliver quality gaming experience to users worldwide. This week, the Japanese electronics and video game company rolled out a new system update that brings some really needed fixes to the gaming machine’s software.

Firmware Update 3.0.1 Explained

On Tuesday, Nintendo released its 3.0.1 firmware update for the Switch. As per Nintendo Life, this new update appears to be designed to fix the issues with the device’s battery charge indicator. Apparently, the on-screen charge indicator of the Nintendo Switch is plagued by a bug that incorrectly displays the battery’s status when the device is connected to the AC adaptor.

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The same bug makes the indicator show zero percent even when the console is being used. Furthermore, the bug is causing the Switch to never get fully charged and the battery indicator to not update even when the console is charging.

To address the confusion that this bug is causing, Nintendo came up with a fix, and it is now available through the new 3.0.1 system update. With the new update, the battery charge indicator could now function normally, and it would not show the incorrect status of the battery pack anymore.

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System Update Installation Guide

Nintendo has come up with a simple guide on how to ensure that update 3.0.1 would work correctly with the console. The company has even listed the steps on what to do when the new firmware does not work right away with the device. The steps go as follows:

  • Ensure the console has the latest system update. The steps below apply to system menu version 3.0.1 or higher.
  • Set the Auto-Sleep mode to "Never" for "Playing on Console Screen" and for "Connected to TV."
  • Connect the AC adapter directly to the console until the battery is fully charged. If the battery charge indicator does not reach 100%, simply allow the console to charge for approximately three hours. The console can be in use while it is charging.
  • Once the battery is fully charged, leave the console alone for one hour with the AC adapter still connected to it.
  • Afterward, disconnect the AC adapter and allow the console to display the HOME Menu for approximately three to four hours. The remaining battery life must be depleted as much as possible.
  • Once the battery charge is almost depleted, power off the console by holding down the POWER Button for three seconds, then select "Power Options" > "Turn Off." Leave the console alone for at least 30 minutes. The battery charge indicator will improve gradually by repeating this process several times.
  • Repeat steps 2 - 6 several times. The battery charge indicator will improve gradually by repeating this process several times.

Nintendo Switch NES Emulator

The release of the 3.0.1 system update comes less than a month since an NES emulator was uncovered within the Nintendo Switch’s firmware. Source Gaming was the first one to report about the discovery that was made by modders after examining the Switch’s firmware. Per the gaming website, the console’s firmware has a log that’s hinting at an NES emulator.

Comicbook took this as a sign that the Virtual Console could be heading to the Nintendo Switch. The Japanese company has been pretty mum about the service since it launched the Switch last March. However, it is expected to bring the Virtual Console to the Switch considering that its counterpart on the 3DS and Wii U gaming systems is still doing well.

Should the speculation turn out to be true, it’s only a matter of time until Nintendo Switch users can finally play some retro games on the new console. There are rumors pointing at a 2017 holiday season release for the Virtual Console, but it’s also possible that it could arrive in 2018.

Nintendo Switch The Nintendo Switch has a new firmware update. Photo: Reuters/Kyung-Hoon