Nintendo has finally given us Switch folders in a very Nintendo way

No one can blame Nintendo for taking the focus away from the Switch now that it’s over five years old, quite the opposite. The release line-up of key first-party content looks full, the eShop is still attracting excellent download games, and Nintendo continues to look for ways to improve the Switch User Experience™. For example, we recently added “Missions” to Nintendo Switch Online.

Now this week we had Switch firmware update 14.0.0; It has improved Bluetooth functionality in terms of volume control, but most importantly it has added folders! Well, groups, which work a bit like folders.

At the top of this page you can see our lovely video buddies Alex and Felix talking about adding groups and it’s hard to disagree with a lot of what they say. This writer’s thoughts range from “Hey, that’s nice” to “Five years, it’s been… five years!”. It’s Nintendo too, so instead of responding to fan inquiries with a gleeful “Hey, we listened and here’s what you wanted,” it’s instead a grudging rebrand that’s making the feature Nintendo’s Way™. That’s fair enough, but it’s still weird.

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Image: Nintendo Life

The functionality itself is actually pretty good, if a little patchy in some respects. It is brilliant for taking the jumble of games in All Software and putting them into manageable groups. To be honest, creating a “backlog” group is a huge asset (assuming you’re no more than 200 games behind) and should help those of us with sloppy shopping and gaming habits to view those unloved games in one place and actually prioritize you. There is a lot of flexibility in how the groups are named and presented, you can easily update them; that’s all good stuff.

Disadvantage? Like many other Switch UIs, it sorely lacks personality. No badges, colors, or neat visual tweaks aside from letting you give groups silly names and move tokens around. It’s also a bit of a shame that there isn’t an easy shortcut or access to groups from the HOME screen, but that might be added in a small update in the future.

So it’s functional, a little quirky in execution, but maintains the personality-free approach to the Switch OS. Yep it’s switch folder but the way Nintendo says they should be!

Overall a nice update though. Let us know what you think in the polls and comments below! Nintendo has finally given us Switch folders in a very Nintendo way

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