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Not long after Nintendo added Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards to the Switch Online N64 service a few weeks ago, a game-breaking bug was discovered, preventing players from progressing under a certain condition.

Nintendo publically addressed this last week - revealing an update would be released to resolve the problem (Kirby being stunned in underwater levels) while apologising to players for the inconvenience. Now, it's officially released this update - bumping the Switch Online N64 app from Version 2.3.0 to Version 2.3.1.

Dataminer and Twitter user OatmealDome has shared some details about this latest version, as Nintendo does not typically provide patch notes for apps like this one:

[NSO - Nintendo 64] Version 2.3.1 is out with the bug fix for Kirby 64. That’s about it. Technical details! The bug may have originated in N’s AOT recompiler for MIPS -> aarch64, since the only files updated were the AOT .nro and .pcb. Interestingly, switchbrew says the NRO isn’t used, but those were the only files changed (not even the emulator main executable).

Nintendo has previously released various fixes for the Switch Online N64 app - slowly but steadily improving the overall experience. Alongside the Kirby 64 game update recently, there were some minor adjustments to games like Star Fox 64, Dr. Mario 64 and Mario Golf.

It's also made some serious improvements to games like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - restoring the fog, which was originally missing from the Switch Online emulation.

Have you updated to the latest version of the N64 app yet? Notice anything else? Tell us down below.