Nintendo Releases New Firmware for Switch But Removes it Hours Later

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Nintendo released a new update for Switch not long ago. But just when you think everything’s fine, a problem happened where the update was pulled hours after its release and that is likely due to some errors people may encounter when using their consoles.

People have always been told to update their devices as soon as newer firmware arrives. As you can expect, when Nintendo released the new firmware version 12.0.3, many users possibly downloaded and installed it.

However, there seems to be a problem somewhere, which prompted the company to pull the new firmware for the time being. Nintendo took the time to respond but we now know the reason why.

What Happened?

According to Nintendo Japan’s customer support page on Twitter, the new firmware update had to be pulled out because users may experience problems with their internet connection after installation. Furthermore, users may also experience issues with their microSDXC cards, especially when they are used for the first time.

The US Nintendo customer support page echoed the statement as well by saying that the firmware 12.0.3 distribution has been stopped temporarily. A new message will update users if they can download the firmware again.

What Was in the Update?

Although the official patch notes were not released, a prominent Nintendo Switch data miner, @OatmealDome, tweeted some information about firmware 12.0.3. 

Here is the rundown:

  • Contains key services and OS kernel (package2)

  • Helps create secure connections to a server (SSL)

  • Updated bad words list

  • TLSv1.3 support was apparently dropped

The changes to the Switch’s SSL may likely have prevented some users from connecting to the internet.

A user replied to that tweet that after installing the new firmware, they were unable to download anything using the console. They added that the error code 2123-1502 started popping up, which means that there was a problem with the Nintendo eShop after the update. 

So, what can users do in the meantime? If you already downloaded the firmware, you’d want to revert back to a previous version for now (the last one was version 12.0.2).

For those who haven’t updated yet, just stay tuned until the company has released a new patch, which hopefully fixes the problems in version 12.0.3.

What do you think of this fiasco? Have you downloaded the update yourself? If so, what was your experience?

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