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YvoCaro Plays: Switch update remedies fine print

Time to sit down for another YvoCaro Plays. As always, these blurbs are mostly about the video games I’m currently playing. Unedited thoughts that spring up in my mind, mostly game related. And sometimes a random train of thoughts starting with the game and ending somewhere completely different.

It’s only fair to warn you that spoilers might sometimes be included. If you like these bits of gaming thoughts you can find the previous ones here

Is the fine print escaping you?

Every once in a while the Switch gets an update. I must confess that most of the time I’m hardly interested. Improving performance and stability, handling minor adjustments… Fine by me. Last week we had another update, and this time I took notice. You see, Nintendo Switch update 8.0.0 made some significant changes.

I’ll detail the biggest changes below, but the one that is most welcome to me is that you can now zoom in on your handheld screen. Have you ever encountered that, even with reading glasses, you just can’t see the text in a game? Especially when the lettering is in pesky red or green.

There have been times that I’ve had to hand my Switch to my daughter to ask her what I was missing. Now, you can press the home button twice in whatever screen you have displayed, and it will zoom in. Don’t forget to go to System Settings –>System and turn Zoom to ON.

Not exactly the 3DS activity log yet

Another part of the update was that you can now sort your software on the HOME menu by total playtime. Added to sorting on total playtime, you can also sort by time last played, software title and software publisher.

It’s not an equivalent of the 3DS activity log which is a pity. But still, being able to check what your most played games are is fun. I do wish however that Nintendo would give us a more accurate number when it comes to total playtime.

Because to be honest, I’m really missing my stats in the eSwitch. I tried remedying that by using parental controls to keep tabs on my playtime. But after having to enter my pin for every action I do on my Switch I got real tired of that. So now I’m in the dark again. So as far as I’m concerned, that would be a welcome addition in the future.

Other changes in the update

Another useful change is that you can now transfer save data for individual games. I had no idea at first why this would be important, but it means you can choose which game data you want to transfer individual games between Switch systems. Are they gearing up for the introduction of the mini Switch? At the moment I’m sure in most households more than one family member is using the console.

Should you wish to, you can also prevent your system from waking from Sleep mode when the AC adapter is disconnected or if you take it out of the dock. Go to System Settings –>Sleep Mode –>Wake When AC Adaptor is disconnected.

Lastly, there are 15 new icons from the Splatoon 2 and Yoshi’s Crafted World to choose from. And if you have parental controls turned on, you can now also turn on the VR Mode restrictions for use with the Labo VR Kit.

So tell me, what part of the update was most important to you? And what feature would you welcome in the future?



  1. I don’t use the switch as a handheld, so I won’t notice the zoom-in function.
    The rest are also things I’ll probably won’t use, but I do like the fact that they put time and effort in making things better.
    And I would also like more stat features!
    Ow, and I really liked the street pass (mini) games from the 3DS.

      1. Haha, me too!
        My boyfriend and me both had a 3ds, but he didn’t use it as much as me.
        So I took them both when I went out and I ‘met him’ 3 times a day to play the mini games.
        It was a lot of fun, especially when you met a lot of strangers. They were perfect mini game for collectors!

  2. You aren’t alone in that, ‘ meeting ‘ several times a day to get some progress! I’m not good at sowing, but I even sowed a cloth into two pockets to hold the two 3DS-s I took with me. Made them a little flatter and still well protected out and about.

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