Anyone who lingers on the pages of Nintendo Life will know that we love ourselves a good Switch update, especially when one golden word is mentioned: "stability".
Yes, Version 5.1.0 has now gone live and is available to download to your console, although there isn't all that much to shout about. Here are the full patch notes.
- General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience
Yep, that's it. Gone are the days of hefty updates and fixes - looks like the stables have turned. (Sorry).
Now then, excuse us while everyone in the office attempts to lift their Switchs up from their desks Sword In The Stone-style. They've become so stable, balancing perfectly and solidly on a single corner, that we simply can't disturb them.
My life is now so stable that I managed to get the first comment
They've done it... finally ran out of stability puns
@froggyogden We're saving them up. We figure one or two an article should last us for the next few years.
These articles are the best. You should have a whole website dedicated to them.
FYI, the domain name stabilitylife.com is available.
Not just stability...
This is the news I come here for
James Marsden to star in Sonic the Hedgehog movie.
Sorry that's off topic it was in the news scroll and caught my eye.
I'm beginning to wonder if Switch ever gets apps. Captain Olimar must have stole away wirh them in his Pikmin 4 ship.
More stable than the average Pokemon fan
And not a moment too soon! My Switch was beginning to collapse
Finally some stability in my life
what would I do without stability? Fall apart that's what. Thank you Nintendo.
SLOW news day when NL leads with a Switch stability story. smh
Never apologize for a well-placed pun.
Nintendo uses stability. It's super effective.
Do you really have to type up the same lame article every time there isn’t an update that adds something noticeable?
Some folders and moving data from SD to system would be nice.
How about we stop giving a crap? Or...even better, the media stop reporting about every single update that doesn't include new features?
@Devlind Fun isn't something one think about when balancing the Switch OS. But this... This brings a smile to my face.
If it wasn't for these stability articles, I would have stopped coming here a long time ago. However, in all fairness, I don't think the Switch is stable enough just yet.
Just want my folders and ability to move data between the SD Card and system memory.
@Vriess I've got the solution: Stop reading it.
I guarantee that if you stop looking at stability news, you won't be bothered by stability news, and further will be spared from wasting your time to comment on stability news.
Get the Switch some Foul!
@VR32X in version 900.1 perhaps
A single patch note to give us the stable inside scoop.
What if people refused to update if companies don't give more detailed patch notes?
@Crono1973 you're fine until you buy a game that won't run on older versions.
Let's pretend this update fixes the issues that,"bug"us the most...for me, my Nyko dock no longer has the ability to brick my Switch. I feel better already.😌
Stable it may be, but is it now perfectly balanced, as all things should be?
Can't get enough of that stability!
My left Joy Con isn't as tight as I would like it to be. I would think the stability updates would fix that but they haven't.
Too late to explore the world, too soon to explore the galaxy, but just in time to have stability updates!
Great! Or how about Folders, Netflix, YouTube, web browser - you know, things that nearly EVERY other console for the last decade have had pretty much from their respective launches...
It would be nice if they put some older functions back, like waking up the switch in dock mode with a button press on the controller.
Wish they'd bring about a fix for the bricking issue with non-Nintendo docks. I don't use them but I know plenty of people who do, and some (like the Nyko one) were way more convenient to take to friends and families' houses than the official Dock was. Also I did use a USB-C to USB-C cable I picked up to plug my Switch in to a USB-C enabled portable battery for fast-charging when I'm out and about and want to play some handheld mode but I'm afraid to use this for fear the cable will brick my console. They should at least release an official USB-C to USB-C cable if they're not going to fix the root problem.
@Ngamer - the 'home' button still wakes up the Switch when docked, doesn't it?
It's tough for Nintendo or any company when third party accessory makers do not follow the standards either.
Nintendo have not changed the spec for their device,so making accessories that are compatible should be easy.
@Ngamer Like the Home button?
@Mii_duck It does
You can though?
@DockEllisD "Hopefully we see Dr. Robotnik in a crossover episode of Westworld."
Maybe 1 of the other worlds in Westworld - I still haven't started season 2 yet, I'm waiting for it to end so I can binge watch it over a free 7 day HBO trial weekend - can be like a Wreck it Ralph world filled w/ video game characters.
**wishes Nintendo could fix my stability**
This isn't Nintendo! This is Sparta! Stability! XD Lol
Dammit Nintendo, how many times do we need to beg for folders?
I wish Capcom had some stability for Street Fighter online.
@IceClimbers true dat
@VR32X Me too. It's been a year and still no folders. Even the 3DS has had them as long as I remember.
For stability! Seriously, though, I would love folders and some fun themes.
Y'know, if it's just a stability update maybe it doesn't warrant an article.
You need to give me time to guess.
..... Nope, still can't balance the Switch on all edges for long with the joycons attached. Still gonna need more stability.
I love you guys
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Probably something small to stop the hacks that have appeared online and maybe a pokeball symbol for when you sync the new Pokéball controller
Guess what? No one cares about this update lol.
@froggyogden I'm sure they are stable to find more.
PLEASE STOP WITH THE STABILITY “JOKES”! FACEPALM
One new thing I noticed is the inclusion of videos on the bottom side of the News pages. Up until now they were placed on the right side column with all other info. (Not 100% sure though)
I need to update my Switch right now.
Btw, would be great if 3DS got update to make them Region Free.
Nintendo said they will support 3DS until 2019, so Region Lock practise = Not relevant anymore.
Better Nintendo get rid the Region Locking for 3DS.
NintendoLife is always so snarky about this.
Rev up those stabilizers
does it make the kick stand more stable
...Remember when system updates were exciting?
I suspect this is an update to prep our systems for something big for e3 - maybe a new eShop,or Netflix, or something similar
Will they ever release new features? It has been over a year and not much. Did they fire their developers?
LOL! Best review EVER!
@TDS_Computer I thought the same thing. I bet it's for the Mario Tennis Aces upcoming demo.
But instability is more fun.
Still a long way to go until the Switch reaches 3ds levels of stability 😀
NL would rather write about the stability of a pointless firmware update than reviewed that masterpiece: Kitten Squad.
Thanks to these awesome stability I now conquer Street Fighter 30th AC on Switch with ease.
@johnvboy that’s exactly what they did... the accessories worked using the standard usb-c config - then in a patch Nintendo changed something and they started to brick consoles - why use a standard cable system (honestly it is standard it’s even in the name) if then standard items will damage the console - this is on Nintendo not the other companies
There are always appropriate gifs for the situation
@DTMOF84 Yes, it ensures NL staff has a stable job.
Still not stable enough to let you copy your save data on the SD card or watching normal pictures in the album I guess or being able to run a web browser I guess.
@HobbitGamer @Mii_duck thanks I did not know that. Before I used the A or B buttons.
No problem, @Ngamer, happy to help.
@Hyrule You know, there is never a place where The Eraser doesn't look hideously ugly. I still have that thing It's nice to see that Sony has industrial design positions for the visually impaired?
@DarthFoxMcCloud So far I don't think I've heard any stories of USB-C chargers bricking consoles. There were problems with USB-A to USB-C cables without a resistor on the end causing problems that Nintendo specifically cautioned about, but USB-C to USB-C (and USB-A to USB-C with a cable meeting the resistored spec on the Nintendo Support FAQ) should be fine.
The problem with the 3rd party docks is a mix of not holding the system VERTICAL (which in high power docked mode, the cooling solution demands), not handling the increased power draw when docked properly, and the big one: the DRM/copy protection on Switch. An unlicensed dock tries to reverse engineer the handshake that tells Switch "OK, I'm docked, kill the screen, spin the fan, set the clock rate up, and report this to games"...and if they don't get that hacked handshake right, it bricks things. It's a lot like the CIC lockout chip on the NES and the Tengen carts bypassing it. Only with internet patches it makes that a lot riskier. Chargers shouldn't be an issue though and seem to be officially supported. They're just chargers, there's no reverse engineered DRM to break.
@Ngamer I forgot about that bug early on! That was so annoying that putting the joycon down in a way that hit a trigger would wake the machine! Yeah, it wasn't supposed to do that. That brings back bad memories Home/PS/X is the unofficial "power" button on all console controllers
who needs a browser when you can have MOAR stability?
I wish the Joy-Con analog sticks had more stability.
The cable is standard but the power draw varies from device to device.
Wow,the Switch is so stable now,it even stays upright using the kickstand.
@Mr-sausage Don't post comments like that on here.
I got a General Stability Update and saved some time! Now, I can play Shaq-Fu 2!
I could've sworn I had 5.1 for a while already. Maybe it downloaded automatically, but it would still have to prompt me to install it, so IDK. I wasnt prompted for any game or system updates when I got on to play Tennis Sat & Sun. Weird.
They also got rid of the ability to change the date. So long gone are the days where you change the date so you don't have to wait 24 hours for that amiibo gear in BotW or Tickets in Pokemon Quest.
@Joeynator3000 why not ? Did you cry??
@Mr-sausage It was inappropriate.
So was she
@Joeynator3000 I love you
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