The Nintendo Switch companion app, SwitchBuddy, was a handy way to transfer screenshots/videos and keep up with Switch news on iPhone. Now the app got a major update with a new games section to track upcoming releases with countdown widgets.
SwitchBuddy 3’s main new feature is the Games tab, which lets you browse and favorite upcoming Switch releases – powered by IGDB – and also lets you create iPhone widgets for a fun countdown experience.
Each game profile includes screenshots, trailers and links to more information. Release dates are regionally dependent if you allow the app to use your location. You can use a grid or list view with games organized by month and easily share games with universal links (Android version in progress).
Select a game as a favorite in the new Games tab and a countdown widget will be available on the iPhone. There are small and medium-sized widgets, each containing the game cover, release date, and days until launch.
You can now download SwitchBuddy 3 for free from the App Store. An optional $18/year subscription is available to track more than five games and unlock in-app themes and alternative app icons – and of course supports the ongoing work of independent developer Filip Němeček 😁.
Full SwitchBuddy 3 release notes:
# Game releases
Users can view upcoming games in a grid or list. Games are grouped by month for quick orientation and feature feature-rich detail pages with screenshots, trailers and links for more information.
Release dates depend on region. Based on the device’s location, our backend server will return the correct release date for a given game.
Games can be shared via universal links and sharing will work across platforms once the new update is available for Android.
#Countdown Widgets (iOS 15+)
Users can select favorite games for easy access later. Favorite games also make them available for countdown home screen widgets. These are small and medium sizes with game covers and days to release.
# Other improvements
Besides the gaming section, this update brings some quality of life improvements to other parts of the app. Users can resize gallery thumbnails and view screenshots in landscape mode.
Users can configure news articles to open in the app or via the default browser. The same setting applies to YouTube videos.
The theme chooser now offers a compact layout to make it easier to see and visually compare the different themes.
# SwitchBuddy+ subscription
To make the future development of the app sustainable, version 3 launches an optional Plus subscription priced at $18/year.
Subscribing removes the limit of five favorite games and unlocks bonus in-app themes and additional alternate symbols.
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