Nintendo Releases New Switch System Update Ahead of Tears of the Kingdom
Nintendo has released update 16.0.3 for its Nintendo Switch console, just days before it releases the highly-anticipated The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom to the masses. Needless to say, this is proving to be a big week for Nintendo Switch gamers.
Nintendo will launch The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom on Friday, May 12, giving Switch owners around the world the chance to jump into Link’s latest open world adventure. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of the highest-rated video games of all time, and so hype is understandably high for the follow-up. Whether the new game lives up to its predecessor remains to be seen but regardless, it’s safe to say that The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is one of 2023’s most-anticipated new releases.
While Nintendo Switch gamers wait for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom release date to roll around this Friday, they can download the new system update for their console. Nintendo Switch update 16.0.3. is available to download right now. The Nintendo Switch should automatically ask users if they want to upload to the latest system software as long as they have an Internet connection, but others users can go into System Settings and manually select System Update to trigger the download. The patch notes for the new Nintendo Switch console update are brief, stating only that the patch has made “general system stability improvements to enhance the user’s experience.”
These kinds of small Nintendo Switch system updates are not exactly uncommon, and Nintendo never reveals what they do behind stability improvements. There are times when fans are treated to more substantial Switch updates, but with the console nearing the end of its lifespan, those are likely to become even rarer occurrences.
Nintendo recently said that fans shouldn’t expect a new Nintendo console within this next fiscal year, meaning it won’t come until some time after March 2024. This is surprising information when one considers how Nintendo hardware sales have been down, but it seems the Big N is sticking with the Switch for the time being. A Nintendo Switch successor console is an inevitability, but it remains to be seen when one such system will hit the market and what it will bring to the table. For now, fans will have to stick with their Nintendo Switch consoles and hope that upcoming releases like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Pikmin 4 live up to expectations.
Nintendo Switch 16.0.3 System Update Patch Notes
- General system stability improvements to enhance the user’s experience.
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