Nintendo has just released a new update that will allow users to easily share screenshots on their Switch console. This is update is a change of mood after an array of frustrating news from the gaming giant; most terribly, fans recently learned that Nintendo will be terminating its support of the classic Super Mario Maker on the Wii U next year which effectively kills one of the platform’s greatest games.
Despite some unlucky decisions, the Nintendo Switch is still a remarkably successful console. Nintendo has found its way into millions of homes thanks to its unique combination of portable and docked console play.
The only major smudge on the Nintendo Switch’s reputation is the dreaded joystick drifting issue. Countless Switch units have fallen victim to this problem, which sees the JoyCons registering inputs even if there are none and majorly interfering with gameplay. Nintendo has even received lawsuits over its shameful controller design, and even the company’s most loyal allies had to admit that it hasn’t been addressing the problem as well as it could be.
new Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary avatars in Switch FW 11.0.0.
Also, I totally used the computer USB connection feature to access this screenshot pic.twitter.com/RIC1nGAJwY
— Wario64 (@Wario64) December 1, 2020
With a new update, Nintendo is addressing a different and, undoubtedly, much less critical problem. Version 11, as called on the Nintendo Support page, lets players transfer their recordings and screenshots to their devices, and thus makes it easier to share them with friends.
Screenshots can now be transferred to the computer via a USB connector. Players will also now be able to prioritize specific downloads, search what games are popular among their friends, and use Brazilian Portuguese as a language. A set of Mario-themed avatars were also included to commemorate the iconic plumber’s 35th anniversary.
The ability to share screenshots is a much larger deal than it appears. As video games have developed in social media, players have expressed a more significant desire to share their playing experiences with each other.
A lot of popular video games have started integrating photo modes just for this specific reason, allowing players to pause the game and look for the right camera angle while fighting a boss or an impressive background. The Nintendo Switch has an exclusive screenshot button built-in its controller, but until now, there is little that could be done with the photo once it is taken.
It is great to see Nintendo trying to enhance its console interface. Speculations of the Switch Pro, an upgraded edition of Nintendo’s endeared hybrid console, are still roaming around, and getting the original Switch’s user interface ironed out is a great first step.
Even if the Switch Pro doesn’t turn out to be true, Nintendo Switch players will certainly appreciate their access to copy and share their favorite gaming memories.