Switch Owners Can Finally Move Games Directly to Their SD Card

Last-gen features finally come to the Nintendo Switch

For as objectively great of a console as the Nintendo Switch is, some things about it are still weirdly backwards. There’s the whole voice chat support thing, the companion app, the lack of a Netflix app, and until today, the fact that you couldn’t rebind the controllers at the system level, or move games between the internal storage and an SD card without having to download the whole dang game over again. Thankfully, Nintendo Switch update 10.0.0 is here to resolve those last couple of issues, a mere three years and change since the console first hit store shelves in March of 2017.

(Yes, it has actually been three years since the Switch came out; the march of time is unyielding in its cruelty.)

Update 10.0.0 adds the ability to “transfer downloadable software, update data, and DLC from the system memory to an SD card (and vice versa),” according to the official patch notes. And no, the omission of the phrase “save data” is not an error, unfortunately: “Note that save data and some update data cannot be transferred to an SD card.”

Nintendo’s draconian stance on save mobility aside, this is an enormously helpful and welcome change that brings the Switch in-line with every other video game console, smartphone, desktop/laptop computer, tablet, and Internet of Thingsā„¢ smart fridge in existence. In a world where people live under the constant tyranny of internet service providers and their phony data caps, saving those couple dozen gigabytes actually does matter for a lot of folk, temporary pandemic allotments notwithstanding.

Elsewhere in update 10.0.0, options have been added to allow users to rebind stick and button inputs for joy-cons L and R, as well as the official Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. (“This feature is not available for other controllers,” according to the patch notes.) Each paired controller can save up to five user-defined configurations per, with Switch Lite users getting five configuration profiles for the entire device. The patch notes do not address if extra controllers paired to a Switch Lite can also be redefined, or if the Switch Lite is only capable of rebinding its built-in hardware. Unfortunately, I don’t have a Switch Lite on hand to test this out, otherwise I’d let y’all know. This seems like a great reason for my bosses here at Fanbyte to buy me a Switch Lite, even though I already have a normal Switch. The pink one, preferably.

Beyond the obvious and meaningful accessibility options that make input customization a mandatory feature in this, the distant future year of 2020, this new functionality also allows people to swap the positions of the A, B, X, and Y buttons, so that they exist in the same places as on the Xbox family of controllers, rather than the 1990s bizarro world configuration that is Nintendo tradition.

Finally, update 10.0.0 adds a handful of new Animal Crossing: New Horizon profile portraits, as well as the ability to bookmark up to 300 (wow!) News updates. Not totally clear on why someone might want to bookmark a news update in the first place, but I guess it’s nice to have? In case someone wants to go back and relive the thrill of a good sale, or something? If you find this functionality useful, tweet at us and let us know why.