Nintendo has done an effective job of creating a well-crafted OS with the Nintendo Switch, but with each passing day, it seems that fans are getting more eager for additional features. When will we be able to watch Netflix on it? How much longer till the Virtual Console launches? What about the web browser that's already hidden in the console software? Well, worry not, because Nintendo has finally begun delivering on necessary changes with this latest update: Version 2.2.0.
Upon first downloading this update and rebooting the console, you might not initially notice much of a difference. But, as you continue playing with it as per usual, you'll soon come to be aware of one indisputable change. Your pupils will dilate, the hairs on your arms will stand on end, and a chill will run down your spine once the revelation hits you head on: this firmware is more stable than it was previously. And sure enough, that's the only thing that's changed with this update. Bravo, Nintendo.
What do you think? Have you noticed how much more stable the Switch is now? When do you think other major new features will be added? Drop us a comment in the section below.
I'm just waiting until they add useful new features... hope it's soon...
Nintendo needs to stop horsing around with with these "stable" patches and needs to actually add some new features.
Get it? Horse stable? I've been playing too much Breath of the Wild...
I want to be able to add any friend anywhere using their Nintendo ID
"Your pupils will dilate, the hairs on your arms will stand on end, and a chill will run down your spine once the revelation hits you head on: this firmware is more stable than it was previously."
10 out of ***ing 10.
Welp...after the update I can't connect to my wifi anymore.....great....
Is there any know issue with the Switch?
Or this is only the "door closing" fix, cause there already is a functional "wall breaking" program.
Nintendo might be dropping the ball on meaningful updates, but kudos to Mitch for at least keeping these news posts fresh
Oh man, thank you, Nintendo! I really needed this one. I was feeling a bit unstable today, you see.
No wonder something seemed off lately. I needed to SWITCH to a more Stable environment with another Patch.
Thank you so much for your thoughtful updates. Nintendo really cares for the stable lifestyle.
With all of this 'stable' we'll be patiently awaiting the horse.
Enough with the stability updates, give us the ability to at least use a browser, the Switch screams for it.
Stop the stability updates and deliver ability updates!
These updates are likely more interesting to developers than to players. They could include any number of fixes for how to link up games with the interface, how to achieve smaller save files, how to avoid crashes of various sorts, and so on and so forth. If they do their job properly, the players just have more games available that are all a little bit more fun to play, and the creators have a few less gray hairs.
I fully assume Nintendo to also update often in order to be on top of the whole hacking thing, of course.
For lack of a virtual console I'm becoming increasingly unstable.
@vgakvd Me too! I've tried restarting the system, deleting my wifi connection and setting it up again, and I simply can't connect to wifi even though all my other devices are still working.
So there adding all these stables, but when they gonna add the farm house?
Also i haven't touched my switch much in weeks, after finishing zelda there hasn't been much for me to play so i haven't noticed any difference in usability. (still no Isaac, grumble grumble)
I was actually hoping for a stability update to see if it got rid of my 2168 error I keep getting, but no such luck. I think I'll have to send it in for repair.
So Neigh..... (Horse SFX)
It is so stable, I've put my horse collection in it.
The sarcasm is strong in this one.
@iphys I kept try8ng to connect over and over and it finally did...ughh I restarted a few times. What a pain.
@Pod that's what the average Joe doesn't see or get, but will be thankful for in time when better optimised games release.
Ahh Im glad these wonderful stability articles won't be going anywhere in the Switch generation. Keep up the good work NL
I laughed so hard reading this HAHAHAHHAH
So stable Miyamoto was unable to up-end the tea table.
I don't understand but I'll take your word for it. 😀
I love how the internet thinks these updates are a bigger deal than Nintendo themselves lol. Gotta get dem clicks!
Still not as good as 'minor text fixes'.
Damn, I actually thought there was going to be a new feature whilst I was reading this... so disappointed. Must be more sceptical in future...
I hope by the time I can afford a Switch it's stable enough that I won't have to keep it supported on my incredibly stable 3DS XL
This stable joke is really getting old. Please just give us some new features, Nintendo...
I really hope they are laying the groundwork for new features with these updates
It is far from a "well-crafted OS".
Where are the users' global identifiers? You know, like NNID on Wii U? Xbox in 2002 had this sorted, Nintendo is 15 years behind!
Where is the account password protection?
The navigation has huge issues. Try moving one game down or up in the eShop; one click doesn't equal one item, you scroll the page. Amateurs.
The OS is fast, but it's a case of "one step forward, five steps back".
It was perfectperfectly stable already, just like me.
Now my Switch is more stable than ever before.
Wii U OS while obviously a resource hog with its intensive 3D environment and flashy lighting effects is far nicer and more intuitive than the generic and ugly Switch OS.
Feels more stable in my hands.
The stability.....it....feels so good......ung
@Banedracul Prepare to loose all your save data, I would hold off on repair for now .
it's obvious they are going to use it as a bargaining chip for this online service.
I was told it can take time to repair as they want to replicate any faults before replacing.
I suppose thats what we get for being loyal Nintendo fans. You can tell this console wasn't ready and was merely a cash grab. lessons learned never buy a Nintendo console at launch again. I was lucky with wiiU no issues but after how well that turned out they don't seem to have learned anything other than how they can drain your wallet this time round.
I assume they only patched the WebKit exploit in this version. This might lead the way to an actual user browser, who knows.
Can't stand when it turns on automatically when unpluging/undocking after charging. Fix...
@iphys when it's having trouble connecting, take it out of the dock. That does the trick for me.
They have some work to do to make it as stableasthe 3ds
Couldn't connect to store until I did the update. People had issues with wifi. This is probably security related or "door closing" primarily.
Hopefully doesn't truly break anything above board for anyone, Nintendo has a good track record there for the most part.
@GamerGuy82 Eh, it's slightly disheartening, but it's alright. It's a new system and there are still a few kinks to work out. If I have to go through Zelda and BoI again, so be it, both are fantastic games. Besides, if there's a wait, I can work on my gigantic backlog.
Owen Wilson voice: "Woooowwww! Flippers and all!"
I don't understand. Constant stability updates and yet my vertigo is worse than ever.
It's not working, Nintendo. Please understand.
Whoever writes the update explanations at Nintendo ... I want their job!
These fake-out stability articles are kind of annoying Make it obvious from the beginning that there were no actual changes in the update
Considering the other day an article commented on Nintendo paying hackers to tell them the Switch's vulnerabilities, probably this update fixes some of the methods used for those.
Any day now, they could add the feature we've all been waiting for......the surveys/Star Reviews! XD
hopefully less freezes.
I wondered why Link kept slipping off the mountains. This should make game play more stable. 😀
Ha Nintendo... communication is not your strong point.
I truly appreciate you guys making these boring patch notes much more entertaining, and in this case, vivid.
@Jaredfrogman I was using it in handheld mode already, but I tried putting it in the dock just in case that would magically work, but it doesn't work either way. I did dig out my old WEP router and it will connect to that, but obviously I don't want to be using WEP. Also, having weird issues with one Joy-Con suddenly refusing to work when it is attached to the Switch. I take it off, hit the sync button and it syncs, then I reattach it and it stops working again. Not too happy with this update.
I seriously doubt that Nintendo will reveal notes unless it was a feature adding update. I mean they don't truly give out technical specs and leave technical sites to speculate. Just know that your system is being updated.
Nintendo I want to play old Zelda games on my Switch since I'm done with BOTW. It doesn't even need to be remakes, (though you should for Skyward Sword) I just want to play the older ones.
''Wow, look at those patch notes''
Shame on you.....you made me click waiting to read something spectacular
Haha these articles get better each time.
@BezBot The day they totally remake Link's Awakening, I'm done.
@liveswired: "Wii U OS while obviously a resource hog with its intensive 3D environment and flashy lighting effects"
@Everyone_Else: If the resources necessary to add features, or possibly tweak what might already be under the hood, so that it's complete, & can be brought to the forefront, are taking away from creating games, then fine. I understand not adding these features yet. On the other hand, I don't believe the necessary resources to add in features, some of which apparently are already in the os, are that taxing to Nintendo.
Being able to update a console is a double-edged sword: Features can be added in later, for the consumers' convenience, & that also means a co. can release a product half-baked, with the customers being none the wiser to possibly critical flaws in the os, because it's mandatory you have to get an update the first time you connect your console to the internet.
Any computer is a series of 1s, & 0s. Any security software can be broken through by a coder of the right skill sets, & level. That's just the way it is. That doesn't mean don't make security measures, & very good ones at that. It simply means put forth your best efforts on security, & work on other functions of the os. I'm sure Nintendo could, if they don't already, make small groups of their programmers. Divide the groups into security, features, internet infrastructure. Then have them meet so they are all on the same page, or can get to being there. It's possible Nintendo already does precisely this.
@invictus4000 I'm right there with you. If they made it in the Link Between Worlds engine and tossed in some extra features, it'd sell loads. Link's Awakening is one of my favorite Zelda's.
I was hoping for something more, but actually, I'm really happy with a stability update. It's frozen on me twice so far, so I'm hoping that this will prevent that from happening again.
At least these updates take literally 2 seconds to download and apply, compared to PS3 and PS4's frequent and long updates. 'Cause PSN.
Guys, I spent all night looking for the new stable but I can't find it anywhere!
@Haru17 LOL, so true. I especially love the interim reboot into the firmware flashing utility like it's a PC. Is that truly necessary on a console?
@SwitchVogel Oh, hey Mitch! Yeah, I would say LA is one of the most underrated Zelda games of all time and one of the best. Probably in my top 3. The nostalgia and memories I have with it are just super strong.
@vgakvd Same here. This sucks
@Dryden as of now there is no Nintendo ID on a Switch you need a WiiU or 3DS to create one
Nickname on switch is not unique so that wont work and the Signin ID on your Nintendo Account is a shortcut for signing in and is not advised to be shared so that wont work either
they might be adding Nintendo ID to Switch down the road prior to paying for online
More stable? The first thing it did was disconnect from my WiFi and it took quite a few tries to get it back on, hopefully it doesn't get any more stable soon
I'd like to see one of these patches fix a common problem for those of us with certain Samsung TVs and Kinivo HDMI switch boxes. It's been well documented that even if the Switch is in Sleep Mode it periodically triggers the HDMI CEC signal that temporarily interrupts switch boxes and TVs. If I try to watch my Shield TV, every couple of minutes the screen will go blank and the video will stop. As soon as I disconnect the Switch from the hub, the problem disappears. Supposedly Nintendo is aware of this but they're taking their sweet time.
When did they add charts to the eshop? I don't remember that being there ^^;
Hold down the power button on top of the console until a power off option appears. Let the system completely power down for 20 seconds then power back on. Had the same problem and I found the solution on some weird forum online. You would be surprised at how many people don't know how to power off their Switch.
@vgakvd Dude, I thought it was just me. I found it kind of weird how I used WiFi to download the update, and after the reboot, no wifi will work anywhere. I contacted nintendo and they said they will call me back in a couple days because they have to investigate. Have you found a solution yourself? I would really appreciate it if you could share
@PavanKumar23 I kept restarting and reconnecting and eventually it connected. The next night it did it again and I had to keep restarting and reconnecting. What a nightmare.
@ValhallaOutcast are you sure because from what I can tell with Splatoon playing online it uses your Nintendo ID as your Gamer Tag so I doubt they will change that after already setting it from the get go.
@Dryden ya I am not 100% sure but as of today you can't create a Nintendo ID on a switch and when you go to the Nintendo ID website on your computer it says you can create a Nintendo ID on a Wii U or a 3Ds but doesn't list Switch
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