Switch Gets Video Capture, Pre-Loading for Digital Game Purchase

New features arrive with the latest update to the system

The Nintendo Switch can now capture 30-second chunks of gameplay for a select number of games thanks to an update that hit the system overnight. The update also delivered new user icons, the ability to pre-load some yet-to-be-released games onto your system and to transfer user and save data to a new Switch.

The capture feature currently only works for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Arms and Splatoon 2

To use the new feature, once the system has been updated, you just hold the screen capture button during gameplay. The system then automatically saves the past 30 seconds to the console's album. You can go into the album to trim the videos and to post them directly to Facebook and Twitter.

Here's a rundown of the rest of the new features that came with the update:

  • The pre-purchase option will only be available for certain games, allowing a customer to pre-load the game onto the system so that they can play it the minute it officially launches. That feature is coming for future games. (No word if Super Mario Odyssey will support it.)
  • A dozen new Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild icons were added for use as a player icon. You can change that icon through the profile option on the Switch.
  • Now, you have the ability to transfer user and save data to another system, if that becomes a necessity. The option is inside system settings under users. 
  • The new feed has been updated to allow you to remove a channel's content by unfollowing it in the feed.