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Platinum Games boss isn’t a fan of the Nintendo Switch home menu

Some people like the basic look of the Nintendo Switch home menu while others call it a missed opportunity as it has yet to be updated with new functionality since launch. Outspoken Platinum Games boss Hideki Kamiya sides with the latter and even goes as far as to say it’s “a piece of crap” Here’s Mr. Kamiya’s full explanation translated from Twitter

“The Nintendo Switch’s Home Menu is a piece of crap, all of the shitty gigantic game icons are lined up in a row, but the rest of the games are tossed into a trash can called ‘All Games’… I wonder have they (the people that made the menu) ever played the Nintendo fan boys’ Switch?”

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  1. I would have to agree. I was fine with the minimalist menu for a while, but now that I have a decent library I want to display more games on the screen without having to go to the all games section.

    1. Exactly, like how you can choose themes (or at the very least different colour schemes) for your 3DS menu (besides the Switch’s light vs dark theme). They could also easily add an option to change icon size or other ways to display more stuff on the screen at once.

      1. Folders would be useful for that. Considering all the Final Fantasy & Resident Evil games on the system, folders to put all of those games into a folder labeled Final Fantasy & Resident Evil would be useful. It’s what I’ve done on my PS4. I got a folder for Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, Resident Evil, Batman Arkham, & Tomb Raider to name a few.

      2. Even got a folder for the Indie & Sony games that aren’t part of a series. When I do make a folder for a franchise, I wait til I got at least 3 games in that franchise first. Otherwise, into a Standalone (got one for Standalone Horror games whether they be Sony, Indie, or otherwise) folder, Sony folder, Indie folder, *insert big company here* folder they go.

    2. Same here. I love the UI home menu show our favorite games. The only thing we need now is custom themes, Pokemon icons and record feature be increased to 2 to 3 minutes.

  2. The only thing I want for a menu change is to have 2 separate list/rows of games. One for games that require the retail cartridge, and one for the digital games that don’t require one. I have 61 retail games, and 112 digital games, and it’d be nice to have them separated on the menu. Or, at the very least, have a better way to indicating which is which, like a different colored border around the game icon, or something. I mean, I know which games I have digitally vs retail. But my Switch gets taken to parties all of the time, and sometimes I’m not the one switching out games. Yeah, there’s a Cartridge Icon on the games that require a cartridge, but, you currently have to highlight those for the icon to appear. Would be far more convenient to have an easier way to telling just by looking at the screen, as opposed to manually highlighting the icon to find out. But yeah, that’s the main change I’d like to see. A better way of separating the game icons from those that require a cartridge and those that don’t. Again, I have over 170+ games, with 1/3 of them requiring a cartridge all mixed in. So it would be a nice, and convenient, change for me if they did that.

    1. PS4 has this same issue where you have to highlight the game before the disc icon appears. Nintendo could get ahead of Sony in that department. Provided the PS5 doesn’t already have something akin to what you want upon it’s release.

  3. Comparing an archive to a trash can feels rather extreme. To be honest, I can’t think of any reason you’d always need to have all your games displayed on the home screen, unless you were switching between like 20 or so games to play regularly, but does anyone really do that? Usually, you’re just switching between like two or three games at a time at most, and those will all be displayed on the home screen.

    This isn’t to say that more options wouldn’t be welcome, of course. Everyone has different preferences and there wouldn’t be any harm in supporting multiple display styles. I just don’t think calling the home menu a piece of crap is even remotely justified. I also have somewhere around 50 to 100 games for my Switch by now, and I have literally never had this problem before.

    1. Honestly if the Switch’s memory wasn’t so small I would treat the archive exclusively like a trash can for games that I know I will never go back to. I wish there was another way to store games that don’t involve SD cards because I don’t trust those for the long-term.

  4. It’s about time this was addressed properly.
    Folders would be great so you could name them yourself ( for example ‘ games to be played’ or ‘ crap games I bought coz they were so cheap, Mario games, zelda, etc, etc and some themes is very much needed. I thought Nintendo would be onto paid themes by now, to make some extra funds.

  5. For me it’s perfect how it is. I want to play games with it, let Nintendo make THOSE perfect… come on people! Don’t let them waste resources on the freaking home menu…

  6. You can look at it and see that it I plain but… I can’t really fault it from a functional standpoint. I’ve got a lot of games and I never have to spend more than a couple seconds to locate one on the menu.

  7. I was expecting them to improve it after launch. It’s pretty basic and bland. But at the same time, it’s pretty similar to the PS4’s home menu. However, on PS4 I think you have the option to show everything, it can just take forever to scroll like that if you have a lot of games. Honestly, I’d love to be able to tile them like in the store. I think that’d be the most ideal way to organize them.

    1. It’s not so bad on PS4 thanks to the folder system. Plus one of the updates over the last year let’s you jump to the PS Store app & Library by pressing the L1 and R1 buttons. Speaking of the Library, Nintendo should consider doing something similar

  8. Wii U Mii Plaza was the best. The Switch Menu is plain boring. Just looking at the plaza and seeing what the crowd was up to was enough to inspire me to play some of those “archived” games gain. Too sad it is gone…

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