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Nintendo Switch owners can share game updates locally

Nintendo Switch games will soon be able to update locally via a friend's Switch console.

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Published Tue, Apr 25 2017 7:20 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:55 AM CST

Nintendo Switch owners will soon be able to share game updates locally without having to connect to the internet.

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I noticed something interesting while checking out the games management section on the Nintendo Switch's home screen: console owners will soon be able to "exchange update data with local users." This feature isn't yet available, and Nintendo promises it will be available in a future firmware update.

How will this work exactly? Let's say one of your friends has the latest update for Zelda: Breath of the Wild on their Nintendo Switch, but you haven't downloaded it yet. Your friend can simply share their update patch with your Switch via wireless connectivity and update your game on-the-go.

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It'll be interesting to see how this actually works, and whether or not this feature backfires when the Switch is inevitably hacked. We should see more info on the Switch's next major firmware update at E3 2017, and I expect Nintendo to also bake in YouTube, Netflix and other app support soon as well.

Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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