No one can accuse Nintendo of being distracted from the Switch now that it’s over five years old, in fact, quite the opposite is true. The lineup of major in-house content releases looks crowded, the online store continues to attract great downloadable games, and Nintendo continues to look for ways to improve the Switch User Experience™. For example, we recently added Missions to Nintendo Switch Online.
This week we have Switch firmware update 14.0.0; it has updated the Bluetooth functionality in terms of volume control, but most importantly it has added folders! Well, groups that work like folders.
At the top of this page, you’ll see our cute video buddies Alex and Felix discussing adding groups, and it’s hard to disagree with what they’re saying. This scribe’s thoughts range from “hey, that’s great” to “Five years, it took… five years!”. It’s Nintendo too, so instead of responding to fan demands with a hilarious “hello, we’ve been listening, and here’s what you wanted”, it’s instead a parsimonious rebranding that makes the feature. The Nintendo™ Way. This is fair enough, but still weird.
The functionality itself is actually pretty good, although it’s a little uneven in some respects. This brilliant for taking the clutter of games in All Software and putting them into manageable groups. To be honest, having a backlog group is a big win (assuming your backlog is under 200 games) and should help those of us with sloppy shopping and gaming habits to look at these unloved games in one place and actually prioritize. them. There is a lot of flexibility in how you name and present groups, you can easily update them; these are all good things.
Disadvantages? Like so much about the Switch’s UI, it’s sorely lacking in personality. No icons, colors, or nice visual tweaks other than stupid group names and moving game tiles. It’s also a bit of a shame that there isn’t a simple shortcut or access to groups from the HOME screen, but that’s something that could be added in a minor update in the future.
So it’s functional, a bit quirky in execution, but maintains a no-personality approach to the Switch operating system. Yes, it’s Folder Switching, but the way Nintendo says they should!
But overall a nice update. Let us know what you think of it in the polls and comments below!