System updates are always a fun time, and it seems that another is coming to the Nintendo Switch very soon.
As you can see from the tweet below, a new system update has been uploaded to Nintendo's servers in preparation for deployment to the millions of Switch consoles all over the globe.
Version 11.4.0 (for that is its name) could be a typical stability update that fixes bugs and ensures things are running smoothly – or it could offer stuff like folders, new themes, world peace and a cure for all known diseases. You never know, right?
Keep those fingers crossed, eh? If you're a sucker for this kind of thing, be sure to check out all of the previous firmware updates here.
Its going to be SO stable
Mario Galaxy 2 free as a bittersweet goodbye to the 35th Mario celebrations
That's such a cute picture, brings back memories of a cozy childhood!
"Version 11.4.0 (for that is its name) could be a typical stability update that fixes bugs and ensures things are running smoothly – or it could offer stuff like folders, new themes, world peace and a cure for all known diseases."
Don't be so utterly RIDICULOUS asking for the impossible, stuff that scientifically could never happen on swithch. of course we're never gonna get folders.
The new update will deploy stabilising nanobots that will dampen vibration caused by awakening Kaiju.
Miiverse, folders and themes.
More stability that's it.
Imagine the reaction if they did add folders and themes.
IT'S GONNA BE SO STABLE THAT IT'S GONNA MAKE ME UNSTABLE
Folders and Themes will not be a sub update, that will be a full version update, so this will be stability and maybe more profile pictures, maybe something to do with the 35th Zelda Anniversary? But doubt it
The fact that we are so desperate for something so simple and basic just shows the sad state of Nintendo's approach to delivering a better UI experience.
It's no wonder they suffer when they don't have an interesting gimmick.
Why does everybody ask for folders?
An actual modern approach would be metatags on the games (user-definable), so that they can be grouped and searched for.
So all Zelda games could be tagged with 'zelda' and 'ARPG'
Create a search that displays these only. So if you want to see all your ARPGs you can, including your Zelda games. Or select Zelda to show only them.
Shoot me ups - all, bullet hell, vertical, horizonal, etc. So vertical bullet hells would be in three searches
Much more user friendly.
Still folders by visual, but a lot more useful
I would love folders, themes and an achievement system but to me theses things should be on the console day one, I think after 4 years it's a bit too late now so would have to be with the switch's successor
My money's on world peace
The system just seems a bit Billy basic, I think some stuff we all want is now too late to do as well.
Sorry if you are called Billy, don't want to offend you
I want a Miitopia Horse from new update. 😆
Why folders? I don't want Switch's main screen to resemble yet another cheap Android tablet. Currently Switch has the best main screen of all big name consoles, it's minimalistic but functional (looking at you, PS4, and your bazillion buttons)
My Switch keeps falling over so glad to be getting some more stability
Probably it will mess with Atmosphère users. I suggest you not updating for a while.
@milvus976578 i agree with you, i mean not having folders, is it really that much of a problem swiping through the games.
I don't care about folders at all, and don't understand why a small vocal minority keeps asking for them. They seem so unnecessary. The Wii U way worked tho. So, instead of having all of the cartridge based games mixed in, it had a 'cartridge slot', where only the cartridge inserted into the system would show up. Then, having the ability to move the digital games around, to manually change the order around, is all that's really needed. Like, just "pinning" the games you want to the home screen, for quick access, and then, when you open the 'view all' page, you can move things around on that page manually, as needed/wanted, to help organize it a little better. That's it. Folder are unnecessary. Just being able to manually change the order of the apps/games would be good. Otherwise, the Switch UI is good how it is. Its clean, its sleek, its function, its not cluttered, its user intuitive, etc. Now, I get wanting more "themes" and 'icons' for customization reasons. That's cool. For personality and customization, and what not. I'm not one to constantly change themes or anything, but I get, and like, the idea of having the option to. Folders, on the other hand, just seem so unnecessary. And I have over 320 games on my Switch, so a full list of games on my 'view all' screen. But even then, is not a problem at all.
backgrounds would be nice, you know just saying bc not a Soul asked for it not one.
It'll be an exploit patch under the guise of a stability update. Besides the only stability update it needs is a new kickstand!😁
Switch is a barebone system, so i don't expect anything new.
As for folders, themes etc. Will probably be a exclusive on next Nintendo console.
Ive been having a "card removed" problem when I put my system into sleepmode (docked) and then it happens almost every time. Never during gameplay just after sleepmode and its really annoying so I hope this update fixes it. There are some topics online with people having the same issue unresolved. People are saying that it was the last update that caused it. I just hope its not a hardware issue. I am a big collector and I have around 250 games so Im a bit nervous that my switch cant take it anymore since its trying to update them regularly. Idk, Im not good with technology..
One would think that things like folders or themes or whatever would be part of a full number update, like 12.0. Of course, I don't know if past big updates followed this line of thinking and I can't be arsed to look it up. Guess it's not that important to me 🤷♂️
I am building my house using old consoles as the foundation. A 9.9 Richter scale earthquake won't even break a glass.
lets hope Switch finaly get the higly antecipated Themes and Folders.
Maybe Nintendo finally fixed the Joycon drift. Or maybe they finally redid their dumb store format. God I hate navigating the store. It's like Nintendo doesn't know how to bring their store format into the 21st century. Well, I can only dream I guess.
Probably just stability and maybe some new user icons.
Atm I don't mind not having folders too much, but I would like to be able to manually organise my games at very least, rather than being restricted to sorting alphabetically etc
My only real issue with the store is having to scroll through the different categories, waiting for the graphics for everything to load in, and not knowing if or when you'll make it to the bottom. ^^
Lol they already tried fixing Joy Con drift through firmware updates and it barely even helped. Joy Con drift is most definitely a hardware problem because the contacts inside get damaged so easily.
@johnvboy I love these system update comment sections...so worthy of a bingo card and almost impossible to join before folders are mentioned. I thought most people in here were physical evangelists anyway? ducks for cover
I hope it’s absolutely nothing noticeable and just stability and security updates....
Said no one ever
@WiltonRoots physical carts still have icons and still need folders.....
Has anyone mentioned folders??
@Pod lol ya, if I keep looking every day or so, I don't have to browse much. Hehe
Are these updates usually announced ahead of time on public platforms such as Twitter? Maybe it's an indication to expect more than just stability?
Whatever, I've given up on any major additions to the user experience at this point.
@Lawnachaun Well said, and I couldn't agree more. The "I want folders" crowd grows ever louder and more insistent with each passing day, and personally I'd rather Nintendo didn't waste one iota of energy on this misguided idea. Like, every bit of resources they throw at unnecessary things like folders (and music on the eshop, another battle cry, for some reason 🤨) is resources that aren't being used to enhance performance. I'd rather more stable framerates and resolutions than folders I'd never use, and eshop music the nice quiet eshop doesn't need. The eshop is almost perfect as is, maybe tweak the search options a little and optimize the way new releases are shown so games don't get lost in the mix, but unless Nintendo also want to up the Switch's internet speed capabilities, eshop music will just be another slow thing to load before I can use it.
@ModdedInkling Ya, I just know the problem is there but I mainly use my Switch docked. At least docked for a while because of Covid. I am too scared to go out much or travel right now. Hehe
Please, please Nintendo, will you just give us folders already?!! I mean, its been four years now and it isn’t like the Wii U and 3DS didn’t have them. Surely it can’t be that difficult, right?
Nah, probably Gamecube games on Nintendo Online or something boring like that
@Pod Oh, and I really wish they would let people rate games too.
@Stocksy I've never noticed that, but then again I only own two physical games, BOTW and 3D World...folders you say?
@Debo626 I really don’t think that the implementation of folders would have a detrimental effect on Nintendo’s ability to improve system performance. Besides, performance is on a game by game basis and not related to the power of the current system itself. Unless via individual game updates, we won’t see improved frame rates and/or increased resolution until the oft-rumoured hardware revision arrives.
And just because you wouldn’t use folders, doesn’t mean many of the 80+ million worldwide Switch owners wouldn’t. Some of us have literally hundreds of games installed and could really do with a means of sorting them in some coherent fashion other than alphabetically or in order of most playtime. Three simple folders would make all the difference; first-party, third-party and indie.
It really isn’t asking much, and besides the brand new systems from Sony and Microsoft, just about every other console has them, so why not the most popular of them all?
@Xylnox I really don't think the store is that bad in comparison to Xbox and PlayStation. On my old PS4 the store was slow most of the time and wasn't always the easiest to navigate and since recently picking up a Series S, the Xbox store is pretty terrible as well. I think to be honest they could all do with massive improvements but it's never a priority. Same even with the Google Play store, outside of the search function everything else is pretty bad.
what happened to 11.1, 11.2 and 11.3? lol
We need folders for goodness sake!
@johnvboy oh i wish. What if they did it like the 3DS where you could shrink the icons of your games so you can fit way more
It better have folders.
I'm surprised at the very minimal Nintendo haven't added at least different colors for themes. It's been the standard black and white this whole time. It can't be that hard to include other primary colors like blue and red.
I was betting important parts of my anatomy that during the Mario 35th celebration at least red and blue would be added to the theme colors.
It will be so stable, that you can use it as a surf board.
While this will just be about that stability, I'm also surprised at the lack of theme colors. Switch UI is literally PERFECT for slapping any color that you'd like on it. They should add the list of available colors they have for Mii's to the Switch UI theme options as well...
Also, where the hell is Netflix man. They're gonna kill it on Wii U next summer, should add it to Switch before then, at the very least. Imo. And where is that internet browser lmao...
I would imagine this will drop next Tuesday. Which is when system updates usually drop.
We'll probably see some new player profile icons from 3D World if we don't have them already.
the update will change all Switches to Swiches PRO for everyone for free
Need themes and folders now Nintendo or at least a way for us to transfer game save to an external drive would be nice.
@WillQuan Oh, I didn't know that the other consoles stores were meh too. I mainly only buy games for my switch, steam and gog. Heh
Well that's where we differ, because I'm VERY happy about the absense of user ratings.
Would folders and themes be nice? Yes.
Would they enhance the experience significantly? I don’t think so.
Will I keep asking myself questions and answering them? Yes.
Could there be new SNES / NES releases? I hope so. I have favs that I would like to see.
@ModdedInkling I think it's dirt/grit, really. Electrical switch cleaner has always sorted it out for me.
I'm guessing stability and Pikmin profile images (Olimar, Louie, Alph, Brittany, Charlie, Rock Pikmin, Winged Pikmin)
Did we skip a few point releases, by the way?
Yes it would be impossible to get a comment in before folders or themes are mentioned, not that they would not be a nice addition, but it's just I could take them or leave em.
Don't get too excited.
@milvus976578 Why folders? I don't want Switch's main screen to resemble yet another cheap Android tablet.
I'm sure that if Nintendo were to add folders that they wouldn't force you to use them.
More than likely will only be security updates in a vain attempt to stop the hackers.
The eshop is so slow. They could at least give us the "feature" of not having to load in images. Scrolling through the specials is a time consuming chore especially with the all of the cheap tat that is always on sale.
I would have liked an activity log (i.e. like the one that is ALREADY on the 3DS).
I guess a lot of people want folders?
Achievements - There are a number of games on the system that have them built in but there is no overall tracking like on PS, Xbox, Steam etc. Nintendo has a few first party games with achievements maybe one day they'll add system level tracking.
Nintendo just doesn't seem interested. Just look at what has been added in terms of major updates in the past:
2.0 (day one firmware) - Added online play and friends (On all other consoles this available day one)
3.0 - More friends stuff that should have been there on day one.
4.0 - Capture 30 seconds of video.
5.0 - Nothing really
6.0 - Cloud saves (with switch online subscription). I stand to be corrected but I think microsoft and playstation consoles for the past 2 gens at least have had this day one.
7.0 - Nothing really
8.0 - The ability to sort your games........
9.0 - Nothing really
10.0 - Ability to remap controller buttons
11.0 - Nintendo Switch Online icon added to the home menu
Looking at the above, I am truly blown away.
stability stay alive stay alive
My uncle who works near the engineering cubicle at Nintendo said he heard them say, with firmness, “this one’s stable.”
sweet, sweet, stability
@Ventilator I feel like this is the correct answer... Switch is very low on RAM 4GB? Terrible, Nintendo does not have much overhead to add features to the OS. If I remember right the OS has to run completely within one GB of RAM.
@Pod Well, I kind of buy too many games. Especially, when they're on sell. Heh. I like to read what others say about the game because some people really go into great details and explain it well. But, I know people can really abuse the review process and review bomb too. So, I guess there's pros and cons to it.
Switch Pro selling point will be to have folders. OG switch just does not have the power.
@Danrenfroe2016 Switch have 4.GB RAM, but 3.GB is usable for games. So 1.GB for OS as you say.
Folder function doesn't use much RAM, so i'm sure it's possible to add on Switch. Looking at how simple Switch is, i doubt it even uses 500.MB for OS. In fact i think the Switch OS might be smaller than the Wii U one.
Wii U had a full graphical interface, folders and more system features than Switch and firmware size were 700.MB at most.
Even 3DS with it's low amount of RAM and loads of OS features still had Folders and themes.
@Woodyshoe So 3DS, VITA and Wii U had the power for Folders, but not Switch?
Folders have almost no system requirements at all. Can be added even to your fridge...
(Get a mii - horse)
Or at least a Shetland pon-mii !
Or is it Ponii? P’oknii ... hmm. must review the literature.
Hopefully change the NSO icon to not be bright red.
@Rambler Excellent point! Tags would probably be easier to implement too.
@Hades "I stand to be corrected but I think microsoft and playstation consoles for the past 2 gens at least have had this day one."
For the 8th and 9th gen, yes they had cloud support from day one. Paid on PS, free on xbox.
For the 7th gen (and this is where my memory gets fuzzy) neither had cloud saves at launch, but had cloud saves as part of their paid service some years after launch (xbox 360 now allows for free cloud saves).
Given how slow they are with this sort of stuff, I'm surprised they have added capture and button mapping at all this gen.
A Pyra profile pic now that she's also in Smash.
...who am I kidding.😁
Give me folders
I just hope they fix the issue where sometimes physical games left running in sleep mode error and shut down due to the system thinking the game card had been removed. The ship feature in Bravely Default 2 has this happen fairly often.
Whatever they do, I hope the OS remains as fast as it is. Every time I boot up my Xbox and see how sluggish it feels and how convoluted it is to find simple things in it, I appreciate my Switch more and more. Maybe I'm in the minority, but I find most of the things people keep asking for in the Switch OS unnecessary. I just need my games console to open up the games quickly. EDIT: And update them quickly as well. Seriously Xbox, why does it take so long just to check if a game has updates?
Dark theme is best theme anyway
I wish they would add an option to disable the notification dot on the NSO button.
@chagrined Same. I hate seeing it and wish the button itself could be optionally removed.
I'm not holding my breath for anything exciting, although folders would be nice so I could put the games I need carts for in a separate category. I just hope it's not something terrible like having to connect to the internet every time you turn the Switch on. I know that's extremely unlikely to happen because it would be detrimental to the Switch's main advantage over the competition, but you never know. Microsoft almost tried the always-online approach, and even though it was cancelled due to well-deserved backlash as well as being mocked by Sony, I doubt we'll see the last if that idea.
I want folders, but only if they are stable.
It's rather a combination. Cleaning the Joy Con has always been a temporary fix. I'm pretty sure it has been proven at this point that the fragile contacts inside are to blame for Joy Con drift.
Add more themes & system music , a web browser , a media player & apps like Netflix & Spotify & more basic improvements
What I want:
What I'll get:
I wish my life was as stable as my switch.
I want nintendo to make a trophy system like ps and Xbox. I've wanted one for a long time. I feel like they give games more replay value.
Switch Online - N64.
Please let it be inverting analog stick system options!
@Ventilator The switch doesn’t have enough teraflops for a folder system lol
I will rip your head off and eat it if you don’t see that I’m joking along with you dang it!! 😂
Clickbait .... So sad
No more firmware updates please. I need hardware updates.
Just so everyone knows, if they were to add anything major it would probably be in 12.0, not 11.4.
@Ventilator I said it jest but I’ve just bought a back up Wii u. It’s boot up is significantly faster than my original version which has lots of folders.
@Bunkerneath Nintendo will give us updates to celebrate the 35th anniversaries of Murasame Castle, Volleyball, Pro Wrestling, Gumshoe and Kid Icarus.
A "search for update" for all currently known game on the console would be great. It des update the most recent game, but it tend to forget for the older one not launched often, and when I do a check I often have game that hasn't updated in a while...
I'm just here for the 'stability' comments
@BlubberWhale Hehe. Well. It were obviously a joke.
@Woodyshoe Cool. Wii U didn't have a fast OS as it had so much things in it. My Wii U also have external HDD with games on which could slow down boot a bit.
My backup Wii U is my PC and Cemu emulator. It also supports Android Tablet as second screen with controller attached. Here is a video of it on PC.
Fixed the horrid Ninteno Online icon...it doesn't match the other Home icons.
unspecified consoles... clearly the Playdate, Analogue Pocket, and WonderSwan
It's hard to believe anything that relevant will be added 4 years later.
World peace and a cure to all known (and even unknown) disease will happen before theme's and folders.
I love Nintendo but I also hate Nintendo lol. Such simple basic features... they never seem to grasp this concept that these things make a big difference. Nintendo just loves to do things stupid.
I wouldn't mind having changing themes but knowing Nintendo this update is most likely for preventing Homebrew or whatever hacking thing can do with the Switch.
So I'm not putting up my hopes for anything useful or interesting with the update.
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