Nintendo, we need to talk. Look I love the Switch like many others have stated that the Switch has made it possible for me to be a gamer again. I mean the functionality of it, going from on the big screen to a handheld with every game out there is a godsend honestly. So thanks to you, most of my gaming time now consists of me holding my one-year-olds and them watching the small screen as I rock them to sleep.
Not to mention the games, holy crap! There are just too many amazing games that I just don’t have the money to keep up with them all.
Anyways, here is where our little problem comes up. You see, I wasn’t able to be one of those early adopters, in fact. I have had my Switch for only about a month now. With this, there have been somewhere between 700 and 800 games released, many of which I want.
Even so, as the Eshop is set up, I may never be able to find them…So this is something that needs to be fixed as soon as possible, because right now it’s a real nightmare to find what you’re looking for. I mean, at the moment I have a 256Gb Micro SDXC card for not only my Switch but for my oldest as well. My point would be that it’s not a storage-related problem, but navigation and search-related problem.
Sure, while not perfect the Eshop on the Wii U was at least much better than it is on the Switch. You see while the newest games, and the best-selling games did get the spotlight you also separated games into genres. Simply put, that makes it really simple for me to go out and find other types of games which I would have an interest in not only for myself but games that my whole family would love to play.
The whole Eshop feels like you took a giant step back instead of pushing forwards. Going from making it go from hard to find other games to next to impossible for me to give you my money. Another thing that you can do to make sales happen more is taking a page from what Steam does. A small little algorithm which tracks what types of games that you play, how much putting everyone into a pie chart and give recommendations to games that people would be interested in. I can’t tell you how many times that I have run into games on Steam that I had never heard of.
So, what else needs to be in the Eshop? Well, I’ve read a couple of reports of a said rating system that is rumored to be in the making for the Switch (it’s said to be like the star rating system for the Wii U). This is a simple rating system, making it so the shovelware gets pushed to the bottom, and the best games rise up to the top. Make good games be more visible and tell the companies that make trash to git gud. In other words, it’s a win-win kind of situation for everyone (well, minus those who create shovelware then).
I know that this has been a lot to take in, but I have just one more request. It is a tiny little thing that could be made within a day. This is a list of owned games, now I know that I stated earlier that I have some massive storage on the way, but once I start getting games that are massive I will still need to delete installed games.
However, just because I removed a game it doesn’t mean that I won’t want to put the game back on my console and after while it would become impossible for me to remember every game that I have purchased. So if you separate games by genre, list the games I own, put in a rating system if you do all of this. I will end up spending more money on your platform, and I think this is something that we both want to happen.
And with that said, what’s your take on this matter? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section down below!
This is a personal opinion of the writer, and it doesn’t necessarily represent the other writers (nor The Gaming Ground´s) opinions.
Robin Ek – Editor
The Gaming Ground
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