New Nintendo Switch Update Adds Quality of Life Features

Easier Screenshot Sharing, New Icons, and More

The Nintendo Switch has received a new firmware update and with it comes along quite a few new quality of life features that may or may not be to your liking. The latest update, Version 11.0.0 was distributed on November 30, 2020 and includes a variety of updates–some a little more controversial than others.

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For starters, the update added a Nintendo Switch Online icon to the Switch’s HOME menu. This button serves as a one stop shop for everything Nintendo Switch Online. Players can check their membership status, view their cloud saves, and explore new games with online capabilities. Nintendo Switch Online users can also find the option to download NSO exclusive titles such as Tetris 99, and Mario 35, as well as the Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nintendo Entertainment System apps.

Here’s where the controversy comes in, the button sticks out like a sore thumb. While the rest of the HOME menus have a uniform look to them, the NSO button proudly rocks the console’s signature red and white. It’s not that the button looks bad, in fact, personally I think it looks pretty good and like what you would expect from anything under the NSO brand. The problem is that it is different from the rest and some people are very bothered by this, and fairly so.

Aside from the new Nintendo Switch Online button, the update also added a few new features. You can now take a look at an overview of what all of your friends are playing on the new trending page. As well, downloading games has never been easier as players are now able to prioritize which title they want to download first–a feature that really came in handy for me as I just needed to redownload several games to a new, larger memory card.

One of the best aspects of the update is the fact that it is now easier than ever to transfer screenshots from your Nintendo Switch to your PC.  A new Copy to a Computer via USB Connection feature was added under System Settings > Data Management > Manage Screenshots and Videos. As well as the ability to transfer screenshots and videos from the Album app to smart devices–though there is a limit of 10 screenshots and 1 video per transfer, so the Copy to a Computer via USB is likely to be the faster option.

Finally, there are 12 new icons commemorating the recent release of Super Mario 3D All-Stars.