Nintendo has rolled out a new firmware update for the Nintendo Switch, bumping up the version number to 12.0. This new update is the first for the year, not to mention the first one in quite a few months. Thus, one would think Nintendo’s engineers have been hard at work tinkering away behind the scenes of the Switch’s operating system, adding in cool new features that the community has been requesting for months. Folders, more themes, maybe some menu music perhaps?
Well, we can all dream—this is Nintendo.
That means what you get in this update is…a minor bug fix. Nintendo’s own patch notes for this update simply refer to a fix related to the save data backup feature, which apparently, in rare cases, would stop automatically uploading data to the cloud “if a communication error occurs during the completion of the save data backup process.” So, despite this being a whole version number change from firmware 11 to firmware 12, all that’s relevant in this update is this minor bug fix. Well, this is somewhat better than Nintendo’s typical patch notes that accompany random updates, usually along the lines of “increased system stability.”
Lite and snappy
By and large, the Switch’s OS is one of the snappiest in a console ever, especially when compared to the likes of the Wii U which was notoriously slow to navigate through. This may very well have to do with just how lightweight it all is; probably a direct result of the seemingly bogged down Wii U OS. Unfortunately, that lightweight characteristic also refers to its feature-set, which is barebones in comparison to most other systems, even past ones from Nintendo.
Despite the many community requests, the Switch’s modern OS is hardly that much different than the launch version from 2017. There have been some neat additions like the aforementioned cloud saves, controller button remapping, and ability to connect to a PC for album transfers, but there’s still a lot more that could be done to turn the Switch’s OS into more than just a glorified launcher.