Nintendo has quietly introduced a number of improvements to the UI of the Nintendo Switch eShop.
Discoverability has long been a challenge for digital game stores, and the Nintendo Switch eShop is no exception. When the Switch launched, its refreshingly simple design worked well, but, with the console becoming a hit, it has struggled to cope with the weekly influx of new games.
At this year’s Game Developer’s Conference, Nintendo’s indie liaison, Damon Baker, said that changes were on the way:
“I can assure you steps are being taken over the course of the year to improve the functionality in terms of discoverability and visibility, to highlight all of that great content.”
The first fruits of that initiative are now live world-wide on the Nintendo Switch eShop.
First up is a new ‘Discover’ tab on the main menu. Inside you’ll find a selection of old and new games highlighted by Nintendo with a brief, one-line description. Celeste, for example, is ‘Critically Acclaimed’, and Runner3 is a ‘May Highlight’. No arguments there.
There are also changes to the ‘Chart/Best Sellers’ section. It can can now be toggled to show ‘All Games’, or only display ‘Download Exclusives’. The chart has also been increased from 20 entries to 30, increasing the number of game on show.
Small changes, then, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction.
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