Nintendo Switch Update 2.1.0 Now Available: No Virtual Console Support Just Yet, Though : CULTURE : Tech Times

The Nintendo Switch is now getting update 2.1.0, the second one since the day one patch that rolled out earlier this March.

However, it’s leaning a little more on the minor side this time around. This starkly contrasts with the first update that brought significant features, including but not limited to friend codes, online gaming, social media support, and the ability to link Nintendo Accounts to the console.

That said, there’s no Virtual Console or anything of the sort just yet.

Nintendo Switch Update 2.1.0: What’s New?

Update 2.1.0 is simple but welcome, and it can be summed up in one sentence:

“General system stability improvements to enhance the user’s experience,” Nintendo’s patch notes read.

While it doesn’t really bring anything new to the table, it does iron out various wrinkles here and there, but Nintendo didn’t really mention anything specific here.

That means it’s unclear whether it fixes the frame rate problem or the Joy-Con connectivity issue, which fortunately already has a dead-simple solution.

Of course, there’s still the possibility that there are some “hidden” features – ones that are way too minor to notice from the get-go.

How To Download The Nintendo Switch Update 2.1.0

Far from rocket science, there’s nothing to it in downloading update 2.1.0 on the Switch. The console should automatically start downloading the patch in the background, and when an app is opened, it’ll bring up a prompt screen asking to install it — that is, if it’s already prepared for installation.

To be clear, it won’t force the user to install the update, though.

Nintendo Switch Virtual Console: What To Expect So Far

Way before the Switch even came out, reports of GameCube Virtual Console support have been making rounds online.

This development is from sources that confirmed the news to Eurogamer, saying that not one but three games have already been successfully tested and ported to the Switch, which are Super Mario Sunshine, Luigi’s Mansion, and Super Smash Bros. Melee. More than that, GameCube’s Animal Crossing is also said to be in tow.



To date, that’s what fans can expect so far, but if that piece of news isn’t enough to satisfy anyone’s anticipation of the upcoming games, the Switch’s library has already been expanded with some old-school titles.

Namely, there’s the ACA NeoGeo lineup that’s composed of Metal Slug 3, Shock Troopers, Nam-1975, Waku Waku 7, The King of Fighters ’98, and World Heroes Perfect.

The list goes on, though, including Blaster Master Zero and VOEZ, which is interestingly a bit notorious because of how it’s playable only in handheld mode.

The Bottom Line

The Switch may not be getting much out of update 2.1.0, but if nothing else, the patch should allow the console to provide a better experience to users.

With all said and done, have you downloaded the second update already? If so, feel free to hit us up in the comments section below and let us know, especially if you’ve spotted something more than just stability improvements.

The Switch became available on March 3 with a $299.99 MSRP.

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