Nintendo target banned words list in new Switch update

The latest update has brought both stability improvements and the inclusion of non-English profanity words to the list of banned words.

The latest update for the Nintendo Switch, version 16.0.1, is now available, and unlike its previous iteration, it contains only one patch note.

Nintendo's official support page reveals that the updated firmware only provides "General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience."

However, dataminer OatmealDome has uncovered additional details about the update, including the addition of banned words in multiple languages.

Version 16.0.1 is out. 🧵

The official patch notes state "stability" as the sole change.

Internally, the bad words lists were rearranged to reduce erroneous blocking, and various words were added/removed in some languages.

The "BCAT" system module was changed in some way, but I’m not sure how. That being said, it's probably a bug fix (or fixes?) given how difference reports show no major changes.

And… that’s it.

In case you're wondering about the term "bad words list," as a Twitter user was, OatmealDome addressed this and replied with the following:

A developer can opt into an automated check to see if any text you enter via the on-screen keyboard has profanity in it. If there is, the system will automatically refuse to accept what you entered. These lists contain the banned words.

Nintendo's last update, Version 16.0.0, was released last month.

Based on the information shared by OatmealDome, it seems that Nintendo has become aware that certain users have been using profanity and banned words in languages other than English, rendering their previous banned word lists ineffective in countries where English is not the primary language.

Speaking of the Nintendo Switch, recent rumors suggest that the upcoming Nintendo Switch successor will be powered by the Nvidia Tegra processor, built with Samsung's 5nm process - 5LPP (Lower Power Plus). If we're to believe this leak, we can expect improved graphics and faster processing capabilities, which would make the next-generation Nintendo Switch a highly anticipated console.

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