Nintendo Releases New Switch System Update Ahead of Tears of the Kingdom Launch

A few days before the much-awaited The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is made available, Nintendo has released version 16.0.3 for the Nintendo Switch, making this a major week for console players.

On Friday, May 12, Nintendo will be introducing The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom to the world, allowing Switch fans everywhere to explore Link’s newest open world journey. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been critically acclaimed and is regarded as one of the best video games of all time, so expectations for the sequel are naturally high. Although it remains to be seen if it can live up to its predecessor, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is still one of the most anticipated titles of 2023.

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As Nintendo Switch gamers anticipate the arrival of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom on Friday, they can now download the new system update for their console. The Nintendo Switch update 16.0.3. is available to acquire; the console should prompt users to download the new software as long as they have an Internet connection, but they can also manually go into System Settings and select System Update to begin the download. The patch notes for the new Switch update are brief, mentioning only that the patch has improved “general system stability to enhance the user’s experience.”

Occasionally, Nintendo Switch users will experience minor system updates, which never disclose what specific changes have been made, other than stability improvements. As the Switch is nearing the end of its lifespan, more substantial updates are likely to be even more infrequent.

Nintendo recently revealed that they are not expecting the release of a new console within their next fiscal year, which means it won’t be available until after March 2024. This is an unexpected announcement, especially given the decline in sales of their hardware. Nevertheless, the company is opting to stick with the Switch for the time being. It is inevitable that a successor will eventually be made available, but the timeline for this is uncertain. In the meantime, consumers should stay focused on their current Switch consoles and look forward to upcoming games such as The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Pikmin 4.