Nintendo Switch – New System Features Detailed, Coming This Year [Unconfirmed]

The Nintendo Switch has been out for nearly two months now. While it has been selling spectacularly, there has been little in the way of system updates. The updates to the system so far have been minor, fixing bugs or improving stability, but there have been no new features added since the day one update.

According to our source, an independent developer close to the company, Nintendo will be adding valuable new system features to the Switch this year. The details are likely to be announced by Nintendo during their E3 presentation or a later Nintendo Direct.

The new features are as follows:

Nintendo Switch notifications – The Nintendo Switch will show notifications from the exposed part of the screen while docked. Notifications may also show up when in portable mode similar to a smartphone screen.

Friend Messenger – With the online service will come messaging between friends. Notifications can be shown on the Switch screen.

Nintendo Switch Themes – Currently, there are two themes to choose on the Nintendo Switch. More will be coming in a future system update, tying in with new games such as Splatoon 2. The new themes will come with music. There will be a theme shop similar to the 3DS.

Streaming Apps – Streaming apps such as Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube are being prepared and will come this fiscal year. Nintendo wants to release the apps all at once, which is why they have not been released yet.

Cloud Saving – Game saves will be stored in your Nintendo Account, provided you are subscribed to Nintendo’s online service, this Fall.

Web browser – The Nintendo Switch will get a full-fledged web browser this year, similar to the Wii U’s offering. The Switch already has a built-in web browser, but its use is limited and not very accessible.

Wii U Pro Controller and GameCube controller Support – In order to support the Super Smash Bros. release this fiscal year, Nintendo will enable compatibility with Wii U Pro Controllers and GameCube controllers, with a new USB adapter for the latter.

If these features come to fruition, they would be a welcome addition to the Switch, already a stellar gaming console.

What do you think of these features? Would you like to see them come to the Switch? Leave us a comment below.

-Noah Sanchez, Gamer Splash


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