One boost that wasn’t in the changelog, however, seems to relate to game boot times. Now this isn’t a load time for an individual game, but the transition of the Switch to booting the game up – that black screen with the little animated Switch ‘click’ at the bottom right. As highlighted by @pikuri_ on Twitter, this has sped up for some games to the extent that the click animation can’t even fully complete.
Nintendo’s firmware update 13.0.0 had the headline feature of adding support for Bluetooth devices, which was overdue but nonetheless welcome. It did some other work too, however, such as an ‘Update Dock’ option for the OLED model equivalents, effectively ensuring support of the LAN port that’ll be introduced in the new model.
How come no one has been talking about how boot times for games have been dramatically shortened after the latest Switch firmware update? This is nuts. Games launch so fast now that the “Switch” animation on the lower right doesn’t have a chance to play out. pic.twitter.com/UW6DyWFgxw— pikuri (@pikuri_) September 16, 2021
In reality this is a small boost of course, and game load times after this initial screen will be the same as ever. It’s a fun thing to note though, as Nintendo’s firmware updates often have a few little tweaks that can easily be missed.
We’ve been testing a variety of games around the NL team and reckon this is indeed the case – larger games still take a second or two to ‘boot’ and start loading properly, but some smaller titles in particular seem to be notably faster than before.
Have you noticed this in any of your games? Go on, try it out for yourselves.