A 16.0.0 Firmware Update for the Nintendo Switch (Patch Notes)

A 16.0.0 Firmware Update for the Nintendo Switch (Patch Notes)

Nintendo last upgraded the Nintendo Switch’s firmware roughly four months ago. Undoubtedly, the holiday season contributed to that. Another factor, though, is that Nintendo technically did deliver an upgrade over those 4 months, thanks to a “rebootless” update that went live in mid-December. All Switch users can now access version 16.0.0 thanks to the most recent firmware release.

You might anticipate some additions or adjustments with such a significant number change. This one, though, seems to be a little more frivolous. As usual, enhancements to system stability are incorporated, but there is also a change affecting user nicknames.

The following are the official patch notes for the Switch version 16.0.0 update:

  • User nicknames that cannot be used will be replaced with “???” which can be updated from the profile settings.
  • General system stability improvements to enhance the user’s experience.

Since the last significant Switch system update, some time has passed. Version 14.0.0, released in March 2022, was the most recent version we’ve seen with the most features. With that update, a “Groups” feature—the system’s equivalent of folders—was added to the home menu. If you missed it, you can read the complete details here.

Even though the update for today is quite tiny, it would probably be a good idea to install it. It need should be downloaded automatically for the majority of users.